Three games into the season and the Seattle Seahawks look good — real good. Pete Carroll and his team have been impressive when it comes to filling up the stat sheet and dominating the score board in their last two contests including one trounce of their rival San Francisco 49ers.
With all of the talk about the Seahawks being a Super Bowl favorite, I can’t help but wonder what makes them truly qualified just yet to be in that conversation.
Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love what Seattle is doing and am one of the biggest Russell Wilson fans there is. You can’t beat the kid’s humility and all-around talent. He’s an incredible player and will be for a very long time.
However, look at the first three games and tell me what they all have in common. Well, to make it easy, they are all games the Seahawks should have won. In week one against the Carolina Panthers, they sputtered a bit and only wound up winning by a score of 12-7.
Carroll and company stepped it up a notch from there as they blew out the Niners. But, should they have expected anything different? Hear me out here. Colin Kaepernick had the game virtually on his shoulders. With little to no options in the passing game other than Anquan Boldin, he struggled mightily — as he should have.
Other than Boldin — and the injured Vernon Davis — the Niners’ wideouts have no clue how to get open or run crisp routes. Take a look at the tape! In this case, their offense struggled, leaving the defense on the field more than they should have been against a pretty good offense like Seattle.
Most recently, Seattle beat down the Jacksonville Jaguars 45-17. Not only did they score the most points they have all season — which they should have — but they gave up the most points they’ve allowed all season to Jacksonville of all teams. Shouldn’t that be a little alarming to a defense that many consider to be the best in all of football?
I’m not saying, I’m just saying.
Seahawks fans, I’m not here to rain on your parade. Like I said, I love and respect Carroll and Wilson more than almost any other coach and quarterback combo in the NFL. I truly hope they get themselves in the big game very soon — they deserve it.
But, with the season being just three weeks in and the kind of teams the Seahawks have played against so far, it’s time to take a step back and look at it from a player or coach’s perspective: You have to take it week by week, especially this early on. Don’t go throwing them in the Super Bowl just yet, because anything can happen in the next 14 weeks.
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