Pete Carroll's Seahawks have packed more excitement into three weeks than the Twelve Army has seen from the boys in blue over the last two YEARS. We've seen fuck-ups galore, but the revelation is that despite that parade of errors, Seattle's players now FIGHT. Where we once saw complacency and malaise, now we see hunger and urgency. Today was only the beginning of a string of terribly nerve-wracking and stressful afternoons for Seahawks fans. We won't win all of these type of games, but we will win MOST of them. The conclusion is inescapable: Seattle is headed for the playoffs, barring some unforeseen calamity.
I'm a propagandist for this team, but I'm not a bullshitter. In many phases of the game, the Seahawks SUCKED today. We saw the offense completely disappear in the 2nd half, and we saw a baffling string of odd/harebrained play-calling/clock management decisions from the coaching staff. The defense gave up WAYYYYY too many yards through the air, and still had problems getting off the field on 3rd downs. This is not an elite team; on a neutral field they'd be fairly termed an average NFL team or worse...
But thank the ghost of Tom Catlin that half our games are at Qwest Field! There simply isn't a more hostile environment an enemy squad could experience, and it is no exaggeration to say the Twelves at Qwest deserve a game ball as much as Leon Washington... 6-2 at home? I'd be shocked if we did any worse. 7-1? Very feasible. 8-0? Why the fuck not? Shit, if we go 8-0 at Qwest, we'd likely win the division with just one teeny-tiny road win (at STL next week, for example).
I mentioned Leon: The Professional. Obviously, he's an amazing story, and every TD must be a dagger in Rex Ryan's rapidly shrinking gut... What bugs me is that you already have people whining about this being a "lucky" win for the Seahawks. A big part of that ignorance is the mistaken notion that Special Teams is somehow a series of random events, in some way less controllable than offense or defense. This is horseshit.
Yeah, the Chargers outgained the Seahawks 518-271. Who gives a fuck when you've got Leon Washington racking up 253(!) kickoff return yards and two god damn touchdowns? Yeah, Philip Rivers threw for 455 yards. Good for him and his fantasy owners. He also threw 2 key interceptions to Earl Thomas and took a pretty fucking brutal beating. Finally, the Chargers didn't turn the ball over five times. The Seahawks TOOK the ball away 5 times, you sumbitches!
Winning football can be defense, special teams, and an offense that doesn't fuck up too often. It worked today, and I think it can work at least seven more times this season. Don't you? Side note: This will sound weird coming from me, but I think this team could win with Whitehurst under center. I still don't think it's time to make the switch, but I'm less panicked about that notion than I was before today's game.
Enjoy this, my fellow Twelves. Enjoy one of the most exciting wins in recent history, and don't sweat the negative details. We'll win again in the Costco Warehouse STL calls an NFL stadium next week, and go into the bye commanding the NFC West at 3-1. Pretty sweet, huh?
Remember that "lucky" win over NYG in 2005? The Seahawks built on that... It was part of a special season. I don't expect the '10s to go THAT far, but I believe more strongly every week that we are destined to witness something special from our Seahawks this season.
What do you think, sirs?
(A final, special shout out to the reader who hooked me up with Sunday Ticket online. Watching at home and screaming like a girl at a Justin Beiber concert beats the shit out of trudging to a sports bar.)