The Seattle Seahawks finished 10-5-1 in 2016. I had the Seahawks going 11-5, losing one of those five games to the New England Patriots.
Unfortunately the Seahawks did not lose to the Patriots. With this game going down to the wire as did Super Bowl XLIX, the Seahawks won 31-24. For a lot of viewers it was just another regular season game. But after that “regular season” game I realized this game was a preview of what the 2017 Seattle Seahawks could be if healthy and aren’t playing down to their competition every other week.
When I went out on a limb and said the Seahawks would go 11-5, this was assuming everyone would remain healthy. Even with health problems, the Seahawks clawed to the best record in the NFC West. Everyone was healthy in the week 10 matchup versus the Patriots, the offensive line held its ground and Russell Wilson carved up the Pats secondary going 25-37 for 348 yards and three touchdowns.
C.J. Prosise, had 66 yards on 17 carries and 87 receiving yards on seven catches. Not bad for a rookie who next year could flourish.
The Seahawks speedsters Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett and Paul Richardson combined for 11 receptions for 183 yards and three scores.
The Seahawks defense forced Tom Brady into a turnover which was his first interception in his return as the starter. Brady also failed to throw a single touchdown, although he picked up 316 yards on 23-32 passing.
The last time Brady did not throw a touchdown was a year ago in a loss to the Miami Dolphins.
I understand a lot of teams can throw the health card, but the Seahawks are also former Super Bowl champions. Coming into this season they lost pieces on the offensive line, Marshawn Lynch retired, and questions arose of who would be the number one receiving option. The Seahawks were still a contender, it’s just unfortunate you go up against a hot Atlanta Falcons team.
No excuses. The Seahawks were beat, but if this squad is healthy–look out in 2017!
If the Seahawks keep their core unit, Earl Thomas comes back healthy, C.J. Prosise is the starting running back and offensive line makes a move or just improves, this team can do well.
Next season with healthy players and that taste of defeat, a 12-4 regular season isn’t farfetched. I am sure the 12s would agree.