Seattle Seahawks fans are giddy.
I know I am. I can hardly contain my excitement for the upcoming season. After winning the Super Bowl last year and then re-signing a vast majority of the key players in one of the greatest defenses in League history, the fans are ready for another year of the same.
Only this year, I think it is going to be better.
After thrashing the Chicago Bears 34-6 at CenturyLink Field last Friday night, Seahawks fans have got to be saying to themselves, “Do we have to play the final preseason game?”
I don’t think there is a fan out there that isn’t ready for the season to begin today. Unfortunately, we all have to wait through the final preseason game in Oakland this Thursday night before the defense of the teams’ first title begins “for real.”
The Bears came in boasting a supposedly hardy passing offense. It was no match for the first-unit defense of the Seahawks, nor the backups which held the Bears scoreless for most of the evening.
Last year, everyone was talking about how good the Seahawks’ defense was. If the past two games are any indication, the talking heads from coast to coast will be chatting up the Seahawks’ offense. In the past two games, the No. 1 offense has not turned the ball over. They have not punted. They have scored on every possession, with the exception of running out the clock in the first half against San Diego.
Granted, it’s preseason. But Wilson is supposedly still facing the opponents’ first-unit defenses. This team doesn’t need him to complete 30 passes in a game like some teams need their quarterbacks to do. This offense is all about controlling the ball. If Wilson can hit 75% of his throws, it’s bad news for the rest of the NFL.
Yet the past two weeks haven’t exactly been against defensive juggernauts. The Chargers and Bears ranked toward the bottom of the NFL in total defense last year. So a modicum of humility is served well in reviewing these statistics.
Special teams look in mid-season form, as well.
The big question on special teams so far this preseason is: “Where is
Ryan finally made his first home appearance as a punter this preseason with twelve minutes to play in the game against the Bears. He has been absolutely nails on his holding duties, though.
All three phases of this team seem to be in perfect working order. It is hard to point to any position or group on this team and say that it is a weakness. The defense looks as advertised again this season - they lead the NFL in preseason yards per game, rank second in points per game (trailing the Broncos, of all teams), and all indications are that this unit is set for more of the same.
As a Seahawks fan, I’m ready for more of the same if “the same” is winning the Super Bowl.
I think I speak for all Seahawks fans when I ask, “Is it next Thursday yet?”