Hawks are 2-0 for 12th time, but this is not 2013

The Seahawks are 2-0 for the third time in Russell Wilson’s career and the 12th time in franchise history.

The Hawks have made the postseason in each of the other two years Wilson led them to 2-0, 2013 and 2019, and they are 7 for 11 overall in making the playoffs after 2-0 starts.

Chuck Knox started 2-0 four times (1984-86 and 1988) and made the playoffs twice (Seattle missed out in a tough AFC at 10-6 in 1986). The 1984 team went 12-4 and was blown out by Dan Marino and Miami in the divisional playoffs. The 1988 team won the division at 9-7 and was knocked out of the playoffs by the eventual AFC champion Cincinnati Bengals.

Dennis Erickson’s 1998 squad started 2-0, outscoring Arizona and Philly 71-14, but ended up 8-8 (thanks to that horrible call in the Jets game) and Erickson was fired.

That brought in Mike Holmgren, who started 2-0 three times and made the playoffs every time. His best start was 2003, when the Hawks outscored Arizona and New Orleans 65-10 on the way to a 10-6 record. That season ended with the infamous “We want the ball and we’re gonna score” overtime wild-card loss in Green Bay (but who didn’t agree with Matt Hasselbeck?). The funny thing: Holmgren started 2-0 in 2003, 2004 and 2006 – but 2005 was the year he took the Hawks to the Super Bowl (after a 1-1 start).

Pete Carroll has been 2-0 three times – all since Wilson arrived. In 2013, they beat Cam Newton and Carolina 12-7 and then San Francisco 29-3. As we all know, they went on to a 13-3 record and a Super Bowl title that year.

They didn’t win their first two again until last year, when they squeaked to a 2-0 start with a 21-20 home win vs. Cincinnati and a 28-26 victory at Pittsburgh. They ended up 11-5 last season and faded in the divisional round again.

They seem headed down that same path this year. The 55 points they have surrendered are more than all but the 1985 2-0 team, which outscored its first two foes, San Diego and Cincinnati, 77-59. That Seattle team ended up 8-8 (on a bizarre, season-long win-2, lose-2 pattern).

These Hawks won’t go 8-8, but this defense also looks nothing like the Legion of Boom unit that led that 2013 Super Bowl club. Barring a miracle improvement in the pass rush (a big addition or one of the rookies – Alton Robinson or Darrell Taylor — starring), Wilson probably is going to have to win a lot of shootouts if the Hawks are going to go far in the playoffs.


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