As a Seahawks fan, I have never been so excited entering the season. In just their fourth season since taking the helm, John Schneider and Pete Carroll have assembled quite the cast, a cast I’ve been wanting to see on our side of the field for a number of years. A defensive juggernaut.
During ex-coach Mike Holmgren’s glory years, I was placated by the winning of division titles, but never really appreciated the style of team he wanted to field. I have long been a proponent of a smash-mouth defensive team, and his finesse teams, while exciting to watch at times, grated on me because of the lack of defensive domination. The 2013 Seahawks’ defense is the defense I have been wanting for many, many years.
For the Seahawks home opener in Week 2, the San Francisco 49ers sauntered into CenturyLink Field with the swagger of a division and conference champion. By the time the game was over, some of them left the field without even shaking their opponents’ hands after suffering a beat-down on national television. The Seahawks staked their claim on the early-season division lead with a convincing 29-3 victory.
The second half of the game, though, belonged to the Seahawks. What had been a slugfest through the first half turned into a laugher down the stretch as the Seahawks used their stifling defense to produce five takeaways and limit the 49ers to a little over 200 yards of offense for the game.
They say in order to be the champ, you have to beat the champ. The Seahawks did just that on Sunday evening, and in convincing fashion. The 12th Man was in postseason form, as they set a new world record for loudest outdoor stadium in the world. I have to tell you...it was loud in there. And after that game, there can be no doubt that the crowd definitely can influence the game.
12th Fan View would like to thank all the folks that stopped and said “Hi!” to me along the way last Sunday. I always have a minute for you if you want to stop and say “Hi!” It means a lot to me to know that you watch and appreciate what I do. Thanks for your support!