The Seattle Seahawks looked like a true Super Bowl contender tonight, but the win over the Carolina Panthers was costly.
The Seattle Seahawks demolished the defending NFC champions 40-7 in a game that never felt competitive. The Seahawks were clearly the better team from start to finish, and look poised to make another run at a championship.
The Seahawks absolutely dominated, but the mood for the fans after the game wasn’t nearly as jovial as you might think.
And that is because of the 1st of my five takeaways from tonight’s win:
1. Earl Thomas will be missed
The Seahawks won, but they lost a number of guys to injuries. None of the injuries matter like the loss of Earl Thomas for the season with a broken leg.
Officially Earl has a cracked tibia. Typically that mean a rod will be placed into his leg, and recovery from that surgery will take 6 months.
Luckily, there should be no loss of speed or athleticism from this particular injury. Thomas will be back and better than ever for the 2017 season.
For now, Steven Terrell becomes the starter at FS. He’s been a reliable fill-in, but he’s not an All-Pro like Earl Thomas. The Seahawks’ chance at another championship just took a major hit.