Seahawks had it all in front of them
Now we’re in the home stretch. I didn’t see the Hawks pulling off another win over the Rams, and unfortunately I was right. I didn’t expect the beatdown we got, but the overall prediction was correct. I expected Seattle to bounce back with a close road win at Carolina, and that’s just what happened. I didn’t expect Cam Newton to be on the shelf, or the Panthers to stink, but a close win is a close win. The Seahawks moved to 11-3, and my predictions stood at 12-2.
Here’s where the wheels come off for the team and my predictions. I called for the blowouts of blowouts when the Cardinals came to call. I was right, but sadly had the teams reversed. My 21-point win became a 14-point loss. This is just another reason I never bet on football. I followed this debacle with another, predicting a 17-point win over the hated Niners to close out the regular season. That, as we know, wasn’t quite how it played out.
In the end, my predictions weren’t exactly terrible. I wound up 12-4 in calling the Hawks wins and losses – again, just the outcomes, not the scores. If you’d used my predictions to wager, you’d probably have wound up homeless at least twice. Like our favorite team, I was in terrific shape heading into the final two games. Like the Hawks, I was betrayed by injuries and suspensions, but mostly by a defense that was more susceptible to the big play than ever. Still, I’ll take a couple of postseason games and a decent record over what most of the league did.