Ryne Oshiro, Staff Writer
After a 9-7 record season that saw them miss the playoffs for the first time in five years, the Seattle Seahawks are aiming to renew that playoff hope this year. Seattle has improved to 4-4, after starting the season with two straight losses. Front and center is Defensive Coordinator Ken Norton’s defense, which is fifth in points allowed per game. What does this mean for Seahawk fans around the state? It is reasonable to be excited, because the rest of the NFL has forgotten just how good the Seahawks are.
Every Seahawk fan remembers the infamous play in the Superbowl XLIX, when quarterback Russel Wilson threw an interception that ultimately cost the Seahawks another title. That didn’t diminish the team in the years to come, however, as they have made the playoffs every year except in 2017. Yet, this season has a different feel to it. They struggled early in the year, losing their first two games against the beatable Chicago Bears and Denver Broncos.
The Seahawks did not have the best off-season by any measure. Too much talent left, and many of the incoming players were not as good as the ones they replaced. Coming into free agency, fans knew the Seahawks were going to make some big changes. With all that has happened throughout the off-season, the ‘Hawks, who are now headed into week 10, have great hopes that the team who had lost a lot of key pieces is starting to find a way to win again.
Head Coach Pete Carroll and the Seahawks have a lot to be happy about. For one, the Seahawks picked up a dominant win when they beat the Lions 28-14 in Detroit. Not only that, but the victory was the product of a vintage Seahawks performance led by a physical, run-first offense and a strong defense that won the turnover battle according to ESPN Seattle. That physical defense that fans are so accustomed to is slowly coming back. After the loss of defense stars, such as Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett, the Seahawks defense looked as if it were going to weaken, but following the win against the Lions on Oct. 28, they looked just as strong as the past.
With all of the talk about the defense, it was the Seattle offense that showed out against the Detroit Lions. They are a team that is going to run first. The Seahawks ran the ball on their first four snaps from scrimmage, Chris Carson rushed for more than 100 yards for the third time in the past five regular-season games and when Seattle did go to the air, the quarterback threw deep with overwhelming efficiency. When Seattle does throw, they will throw deep, and when Russell Wilson plays as well as he did in Detroit, the Seahawks are going to be very tough to beat. He completed all but one of the 12 passes he attempted in the first half, he threw three touchdown passes to three different players, and finished the game with a perfect passer rating of 158.3.
So yes, the Seahawks are still very good and yet still under the radar. The real fans know just how hard this team will fight throughout the rest of the season.