Originally posted by hawker84:
funny.. you guys still think the weakness of this team is our rookie QB.. i guess it just cracks me up when people post stuff that totally goes agains the stats, and the facts...russel wilson is the real deal, i'm not saying that because i'm a seahawk fan, i'm saying cuz i know a good QB when i see one.. you guys don't think we can win on the road, well that remains to be seen i suppose.. although we have been in every game that we've lost on the road including the niners, with a chance to win it.. so you can come up with every excuse in the book on why the seahawks won't be in the picture when i comes to crowning our division champs... but if you look up the stats, not only is RW leading ALL rookie QB's he's among the league leaders period, and only getting better.. our d is still top 10, and we have the second leading rusher in the game.. i think it's going to come down to us and you, and i think it will be decided on the field... not here to start a fight, just to point out that we have a team that could take this division just like you guys do, and anyone who thinks this is not accurate, is not being realistic, and i would invite you to tell me why and back it up with real facts..
Stats don't win games, teams do. Ask RG3 how that's working out for him.
I honestly don't think the Seahawks are as invulnerable as some think they are. RW's looking legit, but they've got some pretty glaring weaknesses that get covered up by their front 4, secondary, and Lynch. Pretty safe to say that every team's more or less been figured out at this point.
Seahawks' most glaring weaknesses that teams should capitalize on IMO:
1. OL is and continues to remain the Seahawks' biggest liability on offense. Any team with a pass rush this year pretty much shuts the Seahawks' pass game down (Cards, Rams, 49ers, Lions). If opposing defenses can keep the Seahawks' offense in consistent three-and-out situations and stop Lynch from breaking out (e.g. no missed tackles, which is seemingly way more important), their team is in big trouble, especially if the other team's offense does a good job of controlling the pace of the game. The Seahawks' front 4 was gassing pretty hard in the second half on Week 7.
2. One-dimensional run game. Lynch is being depended on way too much with no viable backup plan in place if he gets stuffed or goes down. Carries of that amount combined with a horrible OL is just asking for trouble against big-hitting defenses. To be fair though, that's a credit to Lynch if he can put up those kind of numbers with a line like that. Imagine if he had an OL like the Saints had last year. ML2K?
3. Linebackers have been by far the Seattle defense's biggest liability this year. Good run blocking and a good RB up the middle against Seattle D = instant first down and more, just add water. Seattle should beware of Reggie Bush (Dolphins), Matt Forte (Bears), and Fred Jackson/C.J. Spiller (Bills) for this very reason. I saw that Gore and Adrian Peterson had field days against Seattle's defense this year for this very reason too. It's not just an on-the-road thing.
4. Aim punts and kicks toward the corner of the end zone and have your gunners run like hell towards it and force Leon Washington to call for a fair catch/touchback. This severely limits his ability to give the Seahawks favorable field position and allows defenses to sell out against the run and get more aggressive on pressuring RW. I see the 49ers were already doing this, so as long as they don't allow LW much room to run around, this will help immensely.
5. Seahawks get cocky very easily after wins against high-profile opponents and LOVE opportunities for cheap publicity stunts and Twitter wars. It's probably not a good idea to give them bulletin board (or Twitter) material in the time leading up to the game.
In any event, I think the theme of mistake-free football is going to be what makes the difference on December 23rd, and whoever causes the most turnovers will most likely win.