September 25, 2012
Seahawks 14, Packers 12
OK- We good on that? Because no Seahawks fan should hesitate to celebrate this win. I'm writing this blog post in a public computer lab wearing my Lynch jersey, intentionally reminding the world that yes, there are Seahawks fans out there, and we are absolutely 100% OK with "winning that way." Hand-wringing and Pearl-clutching because we didn't win "the right way" is for losers like John Kerry and Al Gore, not fans of a rising NFL power built on ferocity and vicious brutality. This defeatist attitude also ignores the fact that many egregiously bad calls by the scab officials were made AGAINST Seattle last night- After halftime, they simply stopped calling holding on Green Bay's offensive line, and a laughably blind P.I. call on Kam Chancellor kept the Pack's go-ahead touchdown drive alive in the 4th quarter.
The focus on officiating going full-on Chernobyl obscures a huge plotline of last night's game: The emergence of a Super-Bowl quality defense in Seattle. The eight first-half sacks jump off the stat sheet, but the Seahawks absolutely DOMINATED the reigning NFL MVP and one of the most powerful offensive attacks of all time. Aaron Rodgers could only lead Green Bay into the end zone once, and that was with a big scabby assist. Twelve points allowed against a team only months removed from averaging 35 ppg is more than impressive- it's a sign that we might just have the best defense in football. The defense was so comprehensively spectacular that it's hard to single out any players for individual plaudits. The moment that will stick with me is the complete smothering of Green Bay's final attempt to run out the clock (which was set up by one of about a dozen superlative Seattle special teams plays)- When we absolutely needed a stop, they got one. The Legion of Boom is starting to get a 2000 Ravens/2002 Bucs vibe going, and that should soil pantaloons all over the league.
The defense and special teams are Championship-ready, but the offense is struggling to achieve mere mediocrity. I love the fighting spirit of players like Marshawn Lynch, Russell Wilson and Golden Tate, but they're not yet good enough to sufficiently compliment Seattle's other units. I hope that Wilson will improve as the season progresses, but I have a nagging fear that he may ultimately be what holds the 2012 Hawks back from achieving their fullest potential. There might be a point later on this season where Pete Carroll has to make one of the toughest coaching decisions possible: Whether or not to bench an under-performing QB while the team is winning and in position to reach the postseason. I sincerely hope I'm wrong, but my instinct is that Seattle can WIN XLVII with Matt Flynn under center, but not with Russell Wilson.
That's a debate for another, later day though- This team is going to continue stacking up victories. If they can erase Aaron Rodgers, why can't they do it to Sam Bradford? To Cam Newton? To Tom Brady? And so on... Don't apologize or equivocate, Twelves! Show the tenacity of Kam, of Marshawn, of Golden... This is your team, and they are FUCKING AWESOME.
What do you think, sirs?