The last time the Seahawks were 2-4 was in 2011, the year before Russell Wilson was drafted and put in the starting lineup as a rookie the following season.
That 2011 team is a far cry from the teams we’ve been blessed with as Seahawks fans lately. After another 4th quarter collapse, local and national media are trying to tell us that this team is also a far cry from a team that has been to the Super Bowl in consecutive seasons. I’m here to tell you that this is an overreaction, at least for now.
The Seahawks suffered a somewhat similarly poor start last season when they struggled to have everyone on the field from the get go only to become healthy and roll to a 9-1 finish from week 7 on. The schedule of last season sets up very similarly to this seasons’ with both showing a highly front loaded schedule.
In the first 6 games last year we took on Green Bay, Denver and Dallas all of whom made the playoffs. This year the Seahawks have taken on three teams who all will seemingly make the playoffs, and all of whom remain undefeated.
As mentioned before the Hawks went 9-1 after that tough 6 game stretch, of those 10 games five were against NFC West opponents. The Seahawks were 5-0 in these games, outscoring the West by a combined 110-25. This is the exact same way the schedule sets up this season, starting with a road trip to San Francisco on Thursday night.
I understand the Hawks went 2-1 in those opening three games against playoff opponents last season and they’re 0-3 this season, but the high amount of division games in the second half of the season makes it easier for the Hawks to catch the Cardinals and overcome their 2-4 start.
The Bengals and Panthers are now seen as “for real,”– but why? Because they beat the Seattle Seahawks, plain and simple. Had the Hawks beaten Cincinnati or Carolina, the story would have been how the Hawks were on a similar path that they used last year to get to the Super Bowl. Because they lost, it’s no longer the story and apparently they’re “old news.” I could try to explain the hypocrisy in saying that the Hawks are no good, but everyone else is “for real” when they beat them but I think Michael Bennett can do that better.
Following the loss against Carolina Bennett said, “You have to keep believing and make sure that you’ve got the right mindset. It’s all about your mindset. Once you start believing in the nonsense, you start thinking that you’re like that. At the end of the day, we’ve still got a long season.”
A long season indeed, be ready for Thursday night 12’s and believe that we’ll be watching our team play football in January and February for a third straight year.