Anybody who watched the Week 13 Monday night matchup between the New Orleans Saints and the Seattle Seahawks got a first hand look at just how good the Seahawks can be, especially at home. During the second quarter, on a Saints’ third down attempt, Seattle’s 12th man set the record for stadium crowd roar (again) with a decibel reading of 137.6, retaking that record from the Kansas City Chiefs’ home crowd earlier this season. This happened after the home crowd had earlier caused some seismic activity in the area after Cliff Avril caused a sack-fumble on Drew Brees and Michael Bennett returned it for a touchdown.
Not only is Seattle good, but they appear to be near-impossible to beat at home in CenturyLink Field. Second year quarterback Russell Wilson has yet to lose a game there and is likely to only get better in the immediate future.
This is all well and good, but as former coach Dennis Green said back in 2006 after a loss to the Chicago Bears, “If you want to crown ’em, then crown their a**.”
Seattle is a very good football team this season and they have the potential to make it all the way to the Super Bowl and win it. Their place atop the NFL power rankings is well deserved, but the season is not over yet.
New Orleans, despite their recent loss, is also a very good football team with talented players like Brees, Jimmy Graham and Darren Sproles coached by one of the best offensive minds in the game today—Sean Payton. They are also pretty good on the defensive side of the ball, as well. Rob Ryan is a defensive “mad scientist” and has done his best to right the wrongs from just a season ago. Also emerging as breakout players on Ryan’s defense is Cameron Jordan, Junior Galette and Akiem Hicks.
New Orleans can still finish the season strong, enter the playoffs and go from there.
Sometimes teams lose and sometimes they lose bad. It happens.
Sometimes the No. 1 seed does not even make it to the Super Bowl. Sometimes future Hall of Fame quarterbacks throw five interceptions in one game. Sometimes after taking the No. 1 playoff seed a season ago that same team starts 3-9 the next one.
Are the Seahawks a good team? Yes. Did the Saints lose badly? Yes.
Is the season over? No.
Let us let the season finish before we start talking about the Lombardi Trophy and Super Bowl rings.