While relaxing on the Inter coastal Waterways of Hubert, North Carolina with family over Independence Day, I had a thought. It may have been induced by the sun or the ice cold beer. I surmise it was both. At any rate I wanted to get it on digits before I lost my train of thought. What will be the most pivotal game of this upcoming season?
Any of the games against our NFC West opponents should be interesting to say the least, not the least of which should be the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers come to the “Clink” for week 2. This will set the tone for the rest of the season. After beating up on some Carolina Panthers (here kitty kitty) in week one it would be very easy to go in to this game over confident, especially after shellacking the 49ers in the second game against them last year. They will come to the Seahawk’s house very hungry, this is a fact. Will the Seahawks be prepared for that fight?
The Seahawks also have an important game in Houston against the Texans in week four. This will be pivotal for me, as I will be in attendance. This game should not be that interesting as long as the run defense does its job. The Hawks need to win this though, and need to make it a statement game, because I said so. Last time in Houston I had to tuck my tail and be a good loser, I would appreciate the opportunity to let the Texans fans show how good of fans they are. Eating Texan tail gate BBQ, prepared by the losing teams fans, makes smoked ribs that much tastier. Did I mention that Texans fans do tailgating right? It is a great atmosphere, with good people, and even better food. Losers always make the tastiest ribs, always.
In week seven Seattle travels to Phoenix to take on the Cardinals. Arizona has a premium pass rush and one Larry Fitzgerald. Arizona also has a quarterback that Seattle should be able to tee off on and really pad those defensive stats. Seattle really needs this win on the road against a divisional opponent. There should be no need for late game heroic throws that are inexcusably dropped. Tater and Rice should have no pressure catching anything Big Russ throws their way, as long as they can get a play in edge ways with No Mercy Percy roaming the defensive backfield. The Cardinals have something to prove, and after Seattle knocks the dust off of the little birds, Arizona will have a whole week to figure out exactly what that is.
I become (in)famous after week nine for predicting the renaming of Revis Island to Sherman’s Peak. Other than that, this week should be a predictable win. I see Harvin and Tater each putting points up against Revis. I also see Darrel Revis getting “Mad Bro!”
To me the most decisive game this year comes against the Falcons in week 10. Seattle travels to Atlanta once again looking for a hard win. They are also out to prove it was their own fault they lost, not the Falcons perceived “greatness.” This is a massive game for the Hawks and if they are properly prepared, should also be a victory.
Everything after the bye week is important, as the Seahawks have games against all three division opponents, a rematch with the Saints at home, and a game against the perennially challenging Giants.
As you know, I am not big into statistical match ups. I prefer the common mans approach, “My team is better than your team.” I fully expect 13 wins this season, and if my expectations only matter because I am putting my caboose on the line for the entire world to see, that is good enough for me. I can still say I was wrong and see if it gets published on the best Seahawks fan sight ever! Oh, and If you tell all of your friends about this pompous new contributor to the 12thmanrising.com that you love reading so much, maybe we can truly make it the entire world. A unified Seahawks universe if you will.
Lastly, The Seahawks have a difficult schedule, against some very good teams. Their record at the end of it all will speak volumes about where they stand as an organization. More importantly it will solidify our opinions of just how good they really are. Go Hawks! 12th Man now, 12thMan forever.