Sitting at 11-1 coming into their week 14 matchup with the San Francisco 49ers, it’s pretty clear at this point that the Seattle Seahawks are one of the best teams in the NFL. Sure, some of their wins have not been the most aesthetically pleasing victories known to man, but they have grinded when they need to and have been able to emerge the winner.
On Sunday against their division rival, though, the Seahawks weren’t able to grab that 12th win as they fell in a tight contest by a score of 19-17. While you can look at Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch not being as productive as Seattle would like as reasons for their loss, the real story is that Seattle continues to look like a different team away from home, particularly defensively.
While Seattle was able to keep Colin Kaepernick relatively at bay, the Niners were able to rush the ball quite successfully as they amassed 163 yards on 33 carries. For one of the league’s elite defenses, that’s certainly not the level that you’d expect them to be playing at, especially in such a high-profile divisional game.
Both of the Seahawks’ losses this season have come on the road and they have been completely different on both sides of the ball in games away from their vaunted 12th man. While only one of their wins at home has been by less than a full touchdown, three of their wins on the road have been tight ones with margins of victory less than seven points, in addition to their two losses.
Obviously Seattle is currently in the driver’s seat to have home-field advantage in the NFC until the Super Bowl, so they likely won’t have to worry about road games in the postseason. However, their struggles on the road are definitely concerning if they were to make it to the big game. We’ll have to wait and see what happens when and if they get there.