The season is upon us. And now we’ll find out who is right about the Seahawks.
Are they a four-win team? (Guffaw)
A seven-win club? (Chuckle)
Or, are they headed back to double-digit wins and a playoff spot for the sixth time in Russell Wilson’s seven seasons as the franchise quarterback? (Grin)
Continue reading Positive projection: Seahawks will win at least 10
The good news: The Seahawks don’t have to play in Denver and Chicago during the winter. The bad news: They have to open with consecutive road games.
The opener in Denver and the Monday night game in Chicago in Week 2 mark the third time since 2011 the Hawks have started with two straight road games. They opened 0-2 in both 2011 and 2015.
Seattle’s 2018 schedule is weighted toward road games early and home games late: The Seahawks play five of the first seven on the road and four of the final five at home (three in prime time).
They have five prime-time games — four in Seattle, where the Hawks are 17-2 in night games (including playoffs) under Pete Carroll. They are 26-5-1 in prime time overall under Carroll.
Continue reading Tough road early, home night games late
The Seahawks put it off for as long as possible, but their time finally came: They have to play in London in 2018. At least it won’t come at the expense of a home game.
Way back in 2005, Tod Leiweke, then Seattle’s CEO, said the Seahawks were not interested in playing abroad during the season — especially if it cost them a home game.
Before the 49ers and Cardinals played the first regular-season game outside the U.S., in Mexico City in October 2005, Leiweke said, “They didn’t need to ask us because they knew what the answer would be. Our football guys wouldn’t have been crazy about it. I think it’s one of those things where the guys who aren’t playing in it think it’s a great idea.”
That Mexico game kicked off the NFL’s international foray. The league has played in London since 2007, and the Seahawks have staved off the trip for 11 seasons. Hopefully they can avoid it for another 11 after 2018.
Continue reading Hawks finally forced abroad; will NFL schedule properly?
Amazing what one big win can do for a flagging franchise trying to find its footing.
After the Seahawks had lost two straight home games for only the second time with Russell Wilson, they were on the outside looking in at the postseason picture. But they quickly dug out of the slump with an upset victory over the NFC’s top team, Philadelphia.
Now the Hawks (8-4) suddenly own their destiny again, and Atlanta helped their pursuit of a top-two seed by knocking off the Saints on Thursday night.
Continue reading Playoff scenarios as final quarter begins
As banged up as the Seahawks suddenly are after that Arizona bloodbath last week, they have to find a way to beat Dan Quinn’s Atlanta Falcons on Monday if they want to have a shot at a first-round bye — and possibly if they want to win the division.
With 10 teams over .500 in the NFC, every game is basically a playoff game from here on out. Each loss will cost something — home field, a bye, a division, a home game, a playoff spot. (And the Hawks have to hope that horrendous home defeat to Washington does not come back to bite them.)
The Seahawks (6-3) have about an 11 percent chance of snagging a first-round bye, according to an aggregation of projections by Five Thirty Eight, the New York Times and Football Outsiders. They have a 61 percent chance of making the playoffs and a 38 percent chance of winning the NFC West.
Continue reading The playoffs begin Monday vs. Atlanta
It’s midseason and the Hawks are in their usual discovery mode, trying to figure out how to improve their offense enough to make a Super Bowl run.
They have failed the last two years, coming up way short in the divisional round on the road each time, and they look like they are headed down the same path this year.
In their pursuit of home field for the playoffs, the Hawks really needed to beat Washington — one of the easiest games they had left. They would have then been 6-2, just a game and a half behind NFC-leading Philadelphia (8-1), which has a bye this week. A win Thursday then would have put the Hawks at 7-2, one game behind, with the Eagles coming to Seattle in Week 13.
Now, the best Seattle can do is trail by two after Thursday and hope the Eagles stumble. Even then, it looks really hard for the Hawks to make up ground. They will be lucky to win the NFC West.
Continue reading Hawks still look like a 10-win team; more will be hard to get though
At this point in the season, every team is hurting.
The Seahawks certainly are, with 12 guys on various injured lists (IR, NFI, PUP) and eight on the weekly report. Against Houston on Sunday, they will play without five, possibly six, players who would be starters if healthy — Cliff Avril, DeShawn Shead, Chris Carson, George Fant, Luke Joeckel and maybe Justin Britt (ankle).
But, as bad as the Hawks have it, some of their upcoming foes might be even worse.
Continue reading Next three foes have some big injury woes