Much of the talk in Seattle this week has been on Russell Wilson, but nationally the focus is on the defense that’s being played in the NFC West. The Rams were all over Kevin Kolb in the Thursday night game as he was sacked nine times and had to have his jaw examined after a big hit bloodied his mouth. The win left the Rams with their first winning record in the division in a long time.
Of course that leaves the Seahawks as the only team with a .500 record in the division going into Sunday. Usually it is hyperbole to say a team has a “must win” game this early in the season, but the Hawks really need this one. Not only do they need the win to keep up with the rest of the division, but if they can do it then every team in the West will have a winning record.
Cam Newton and the Panthers running game is going to offer some challenges for this defense, especially considering the number of big plays Carolina tends to hit. Even though it’s a long road game out east, I think the Seahawks know they need a win on Sunday and they pull it out.
On an editorial note. I’m going to be on leave starting Monday. You’ll probably see a recap from me after the Carolina game and you may not hear back from me until after the 49ers game (maybe before). Also, a huge thanks to Michelle and Rich who have submitted guest columns these last two weeks. Check out Ms. Freeman’s submission below.
No Seahawks games overseas this weekend
Okay, this streak is starting to go in the wrong direction. The Seahawks and Panthers game won’t be on the television on either AFN or DTS. Personally, I’m putting the blame on the baseball playoffs starting Sunday because that’s all AFN Xtra is showing. And don’t even be thinking about jumping over to become a 49ers fan, just because they’re on TV every week. After losing to Minnesota a few weeks back maybe they’ll have a good shot at losing to the Bills this weekend. Sailors watching DTS will get the Broncos vs. Patriots instead.
headed into the second quarter of the Football season
Well, the start to Seahawks regular season has been, I will say, full of surprises (to say the least!). I don’t think any of us had the Seahawks picked to lose in Arizona or in St. Louis. St. Louis??? I’m still a little bitter from the aftertaste left from that loss.
However, what the NFL and Vegas didn’t predict or even fathom as a possibility, was our wins over Green Bay and Dallas. As we all had to hear, we only beat Dallas because they played down to us…yeah, that must be why!
And the already infamous Monday Night Football game versus Green Bay…we only won that game because of the controversial call on the last second Hail Mary touchdown throw from Russell Wilson to Golden Tate.
From the Hawks nest, the play looked like Tate had it first, barely. But we have all heard Aaron Rodgers cry to any media outlet that will put a camera on him, what the rest of the NFL world seems to have missed while watching the game was the 8 Sacks in the first half, the calls made against Seattle’s defensive line that lead to the Green Bay touchdown, or the fact the Packers never had a dominating moment in the game.
While Seattle commanded dominance with the very presence of our defense and the insanity of the 12th Man factor, this was Seattle’s game to lose, not vise versa. Blame it on replacement refs, blame it on Seattle always being undervalued and mocked–I blame Green Bay for not bringing the level of play needed to get the win.
All in all, a great win for Seattle. To most of the 12th Man, we still have the bitter taste of a referee-stolen Super Bowl. We had to deal with that travesty, so the rest of the Football world will just have to get over this. Period.
Buuut, no, Vegas won’t make that easy, going so far as RETURNING Green Bay bets. I cringed when I read that.
As Seahawks fans we know regardless how we get the win, there are plenty that find reasons why the “better” team didn’t win. So here we are 2-2, back to the quaterback debate of 2012…round 2.
Personally I was hoping for Flynn to start with Wilson being a well played back up, so he could watch and learn. While his amazing talent would undoubtedly evolve into, what I’m certain will be, future greatness.
Regardless who our starter is, will never alter my devotion to the Seahawks. I love this team. I still believe it’s a playoff year. The bandwagon fans will always come and go, and the haters will always hate.
But the true fans, the 12th Man will always stand tall, loud and proud! I love our fanbase. I believe we are the best fans in the NFL. I bleed blue and green for life.
So, after all that rambling on, I say this, GO SEAHAWKS! Happy Blue Friday fellow 12th Man! This is a way of life, not just a role we play for the season!
Through the good and bad–Hawks for life!
Michelle Lynn Freeman, Military Sea Hawkers
Brandan Schulze Military Sea Hawkers
VP of Communications and Membership