The Seattle Seahawks left Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, owners of a 4-3 record and fresh off a nail-biting win over the Carolina Panthers.
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While the win was sloppy and filled with missed opportunities by the Seahawks, it was still a victory and Russell Wilson and other members of the Seahawks feel they are still among the most competitive teams in football.
“We believe we’re still a championship team,” Wilson said to reporters after Seattle’s 13-9 win over the Panthers. “We’re just trying to go 1-0… and we’re looking at it as we are, technically 3-3, but 0-0 with 10 games left. We won the first one and hopefully we can go home and come out with a good win next week, too.”
Next week the 0-7 Oakland Raiders are on the schedule, but the Seahawks won’t be taking that game lightly.
Yes, it will be at CenturyLink Field where the Seahawks have lost just twice since Sept. 2012. And yes, it will be against a team that hasn’t won a regular season game since Nov. 17, 2013.
But these Raiders are going to win a game eventually, and they put up 41 points against the Seahawks in this year’s preseason finale.
Derek Carr threw three touchdowns in that game and he is still the starter in Oakland.
The question will be, can he lead the Raiders to a big win in Seattle?
After the momentum of the Seahawks win on Sunday, Carr and the Raiders have a tough task at hand.
Seattle had a tough week off the field before Sunday’s game, but persevered and got the win anyway.
“[There isn’t anything] you can do but go this way or that way, and we are going to always keep adapting going the right way.” –Earl Thomas
“The good thing that we did,” safety Earl Thomas said after the game, “was stay true to who we are, ignore the noise, and just keep going. [There isn’t anything] you can do but go this way or that way, and we are going to always keep adapting going the right way.”
After consecutive losses, Seattle got back in the win column Sunday to improve to 4-3, tied for second in the NFC West and two games behind the red-hot 6-1 Arizona Cardinals for the division lead.
But if Seattle is going to turn the table, now is their chance.
They have the Raiders (0-7) and New York Giants (3-4) on the schedule next, both at home, before traveling East to take on the Kansas City Chiefs (4-3) and returning back home to take on the Cardinals.
Picking up some confidence here in this stretch of non-division games before Arizona visits could be huge in helping the Seahawks build momentum for their division foe.
And the best part is, head coach Pete Carroll says the Percy Harvin drama and other locker room controversies are becoming a thing of the past and Seattle has begun to shift focus back to football.
Actually, Carroll says the “distractions” weren’t even there in the first place.
“It was not a distraction at all,” Carroll said. “Our guys don’t care about what’s being said and so we’ve been prepared all year going into this season that there would be… controversy, storylines, whatever, that would try to get in between us and we’re fine.”
With almost any other team, I wouldn’t believe him.
I wouldn’t believe the coach or the quarterback that the Seahawks are still a “championship team” that’s going to “be fine.”
But something resonates well and I want to believe these two. In fact, I think I do.