Seahawks looked unstoppable in rout of Packers
Maybe this was the year I should have predicted a 19-0 season for the Seahawks.
I did last year and was three games off. This year I have them going 12-4 and after last night’s 36-16 smackdown of Green Bay, I have a hard time seeing them lose once let alone four times.
A lot of people who follow this stuff for a living think the Packers are Super Bowl contenders, and I’m wondering how they’re feeling this morning.
Their pick looked average at best. Then again, the Seahawks make a lot of teams look like that. To beat a supposedly quality team by 20 points when they were favored by only five suggests that the Seahawks could roll through another season.
They now have an offense to match their defense. If there were any doubts about Marshawn Lynch, they’re gone now after Beast Mode rushed for 110 yards and two touchdown, appearing as effective as ever.
We also saw what the Percy Harvin element can add to the offense with fly sweeps and short passes that turn into big gains. Imagine dealing with him week after week. Harvin had seven catches for 59 yards and four rushes for 41 yards, finishing with 100 yards of offense.
More coverage of the Seahawks’ Week-1 win over Green Bay
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On the other side of the ball, I would argue that the Seahawks didn’t really give up a touchdown. I know that Green Bay had two, but one came after Earl Thomas lost the ball on a punt return, giving the Packers a short field, and the other happened when the Seahawks were playing it safe with a 29-10 lead.
Early on, I thought Eddie Lacy might have a big night on the ground, but he was completely shut down after the first drive. He rushed for 6 yards on his first carry and 15 on the next but didn’t muster more than 3 on the rest of his runs.
If the Seahawks can look that good against a supposedly good Green Bay team, imagine what they’ll look like against vastly inferior teams. They’re now 18-1 at home, including playoffs, in the last three years.
At this rate, they’ll never get another prime-time home game. Going into this one, the Seahawks were 7-0 in night games at home, winning by an average of 18.3 points before adding another blowout last night.
Here are the five questions I have about the Seahawks in no particular order:
1) Is it too early to buy a bottle of Fireball and have it properly chilled for Lynch in preparation for another Super Bowl parade in February?
2) Should the Seahawks continue to have Thomas return punts after he fumbled when he should have called for a fair catch?
3) Is the Seahawks’ offense as good as their defense?
4) If the Seahawks lose this season, who will be the first team to beat them?
5) Will Philip Rivers throw a pass Richard Sherman’s way next Sunday? Aaron Rodgers never did.
Bonus question: Did you see a weakness in the Seahawks? I didn’t either. I thought it might be the lack of a consistent pass rush until Cliff Avril sacked Rodgers on a fourth-and-5 in the third quarter and Michael Bennett sacked him and forced a fumble that resulted in a safety on the next possession.
I know it’s early. I know the Seahawks played at home and that things will be different on the road, maybe even in San Diego next week.
But come on, I’m a natural-born cynic, and even I can see that the Seahawks look like an unbeatable, unstoppable machine.
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