Seahawks Preparing For A Brutal Month
By Colin Murphy
Sep 15, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; A general view of CenturyLink Field during the second quarter between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
There’s plenty to celebrate about in Seattle so far this NFL season. The Seahawks are 3-0 and have outscored their first three opponents a combined 86-27. The defense is playing lights out, the offense is starting to take shape, and there have only been a limited amount of references to Russell Wilson’s height so far. What could possible go wrong? How about four road games in the span of less than a month.
Between Sept. 29 and Oct. 28, the Seahawks will play four tough road games with a home game sandwiched in the middle. Apparently, Seattle drew the short straw when it came to scheduling this season. So what’s the outlook for the Seahawks over this daunting next four weeks?
The fun starts in Houston with a Texans team that probably isn’t happy with their performance against the Ravens last Sunday. Texans rookie wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has shown his first round ability so far this season and J.J. Watt is always a handful. This one should be a tough beginning to a very difficult month.
Next up, the Seahawks will travel to Indianapolis to take on the Colts. This is the same team that spanked the 49ers at Candlestick last Sunday. Head Coach Chuck Pagano was a great story last year. This year he’s really looking to take his team to the next level. Having Andrew Luck under center probably helps his cause.
In recent years, I would say having a home game against the Tennessee Titans is an easy win. However, with their improved defense and the growth of Jake Locker this might be a game to take very seriously. Hopefully the 12th Man can cause some havoc during the only home game Seattle has in October.
Rounding out this nightmare of a month are two divisional road games against the Cardinals and Rams. Neither team has performed up to their expectations so far but I’m sure they both remember beating Seattle last season. When it comes to divisional games, don’t even bother comparing records. They are always tough games to win.
There is plenty of reason to believe Seattle can win all five of these upcoming games. They’re simply playing at a very high level right now. But if Seattle comes through October with only a loss or two, that should be considered a solid performance.
The Seahawks have been pegged as a Super Bowl-caliber team this year. They’ll have a chance to prove it in the next month.