Everybody’s favorite week is here! Labor Day week signifies the start of the NFL season, and for most fans, it can never come too soon.
This year is shaping up to be one of the most exciting for Seahawks fans in more than half a decade, and for many holds high expectations. A rookie quarterback, a stinging defense, and a smashmouth running game are the main draws for this year’s Seahawks squad. But this team has drawbacks as well, centered around that same rookie quarterback, and a weak wide receiver corps.
It’s easy for analysts and skeptical fans to be nay-sayers; point out Russell Wilson’s lack of experience and declare this team to be one that’s going to lose a lot of games. We’ve been tricked, deceived and disappointed by the promise of talented youth before. But what I’m here to tell you, is if you’re a fan of this team, let yourself get swept up in the hype and excitement of this season.
Go ahead. It’s OK.
Forget what conventional common football sense says to do. Conventional common football sense isn’t something this leadership subscribes to. It runs away from it as fast as possible. Which could lead to bigger success in the long-run than fans in Seattle have dared to dream about in quite some time.
There is so much to be excited about as a Seahawks fan this year. What you’ll see is a young team gelling and hopefully rising to a level we haven’t seen in Seattle since 2006. There are playmakers here. On both sides of the ball. Russell Wilson gives this team a rarity in the NFL: a dynamic quarterback with game changing potential, no matter how good or bad the protection is.
John Schneider and Pete Carroll have assembled what should be the best defense in team history. Coupled with what is anticipated to be a very good run game, the Seahawks will bruise, batter and frustrate opposing teams. There are few offenses I see that will score more than 17-20 points on Seattle. If that holds true, this offense needs only muster 21 points a game to win more than they will lose. I think that’s something they can accomplish.
This year, the Seahawks will win games they’re not ‘supposed to win’. They’ll also lose games they’re not ‘supposed to lose’. But at the end of the season, no matter what the record, if we as fans can for once just let ourselves get swept up in everything that’s great about the potential of this team, it’s going to be one of the best seasons we’ve had in a long time.
Seahawks record: 10-6
1. Green Bay
1. New Orleans
2. New York
2. New England
New England over Houston
Atlanta over Green Bay
Super Bowl Champion