Seahawks Back on Top


There should still be plenty of room left on the bandwagon. Be careful, however; if you wait too long, there may not be anywhere left to sit.

The Seattle Seahawks have proven themselves to be legitimate competitors in their division of the NFC. They may not be a dominant team, but they’re growing, improving, and definitely capable of earning a playoff berth.

The Seahawks are 3-0 at home for the first time since 2005 and have a signature win on the road against Chicago. Winning additional road games shouldn’t be necessary for Seattle; Qwest Field is a dominant home-field advantage and expecting seven or eight wins in Seattle is more than reasonable. A record above .500 should be enough for the Seahawks to sneak into the playoffs out of the NFC West.

Did anyone see this coming? This team has exceeded all of my expectations, and we are not even half-way through the 2010 football season.

Whatever Pete Carroll and John Schneider are doing, I’m in. Competition? Sold. Win Forever? I’m a believer.

At 4-2, the Seahawks are generating excitement around the city not felt since the team lost a 2008 playoff game against Green Bay. It has been more than two seasons since the Seahawks looked this good only six games into the season.

Sure, the Seahawks have had their letdowns. An embarrassing loss in Denver hurt, and no one expected the Rams to annihilate Seattle with a rookie quarterback. Despite a pair of road losses, however, this team is improving as the season progresses with their record as evidence.

The Arizona Cardinals have obvious problems at quarterback. The St. Louis Rams, despite promising young potential, aren’t likely to continue playing well throughout the season. The San Francisco 49ers are a complete joke, and dropped to 1-6 Sunday after losing to the previously winless Carolina Panthers.

The NFC West is Seattle’s division to lose right now, and there should be reason for excitement.

It has been awhile since this sort of buzz surrounded the city during football season. I might regret saying this later, but is it too much to expect the Seahawks to win the NFC West at this point?

I’m in.

Shaun Dolence:
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