Every talking head on NFL Network's pre-game show picked Philadelphia to defeat the Seahawks tonight, obviously still high on "Dream Team" fumes and ignorant of the progress made by the league's youngest starting line-up in recent weeks.
If they had been paying attention, they would have seen that aside from a youth-induced spasm of 3rd-down breakdowns in the 4th quarter last week, these Seahawks have been crafting an identity as a physical, hard-hitting, punch-you-in-the-fuckin'-mouth crew. Marshawn Lynch's electrifying, punishing 1st-quarter touchdown set the tone- We were going to maul Philly, and they were going to crumble. Lynch gobbled up 148 yards and a shit-ton of Skittles in his best performance of the season so far.
Tarvaris Jackson held onto the ball a bit too long a few times, but he avoided turnovers and posted a QB rating of 137.0! Golden Tate hauled in a spectacular touchdown catch and continued the positive development we've seen lately- Tate has a chance to break through to the next level with the additional reps he'll see with Sidney Rice on IR. The offensive line continued its run of solid play, but now the concern is an injury to Russell Okung on a cheap-shot from Trent Cole in garbage time. What a pathetic mother fucker. But then again, the whole Philadelphia squad played like pathetic mother fuckers tonight.
Seattle's defense atoned (to some degree) for last week's 4th-quarter implosion by snatching four Vince Young interceptions, including David Hawthorne's victory-sealing pick-6. Kam Chancellor picked off Young on Philly's 1st snap, and Brandon Browner hauled in two more interceptions. It was an impressive display from the youngest secondary in football.
After the game was over, those same dismissive NFL Network bobbleheads were talking about how Seattle is the "best 5-7 team" in the league, and was heading in the right direction- At least they are correct about that, belatedly. Those losses to Cleveland and DC sting more than ever now, but it's stupid to dwell on that shit. Today the Seahawks' long-shot playoff dreams get to live another week, but more importantly the longer-term future of the franchise looks promising.
I believe in Pete Carroll and the team he is putting together- They'll win multiple games over the last month of this season, and might just jump up and take a huge bite out of the Bears or Niners. Enjoy the ascent, Twelves!
What do you think, sirs?