When the new NFL season opened, many people thought the Seattle Seahawks could repeat as Super Bowl champions. Then, 10 games into the season, with the team sitting at 6-4, those same people were eating their words. Now, those same people may be regurgitating those same words once again.
Pardon the graphic explanation of the Seahawks’ streaky season, but it is necessary to show that this team is once again the favorite to win the Super Bowl. After looking like they were at risk of missing out on the playoffs entirely, Seattle has rattled off five wins in a row, with their most recent 35-6 win over the Arizona Cardinals being the most convincing evidence of their resurgence.
They now control their own fate in the NFC, and barring a tie between the Green Bay Packers and Detroit Lions next week, they will be the top seed in the NFC playoffs. That’s not good news for other teams in the conference, because a playoff that runs through Seattle isn’t likely to be fun for anyone but the Seahawks.
The stellar play of quarterback Russell Wilson and running back Marshawn Lynch was the story of this game, as the duo will help them build momentum into the playoffs. With the way their top-ranked defense and offensive stars have played, it’s going to be hard to knock off the Seahawks come January.
For the first time since 2005, the NFL could be looking at a repeat champion.