Seahawks Won’t Win Until Halloween Eve
Before last Sunday’s 33-17 loss at San Francisco and yesterday’s 24-0 loss at Pittsburgh, the Go 2 Guy projected that the Seahawks would go 3-13 this year. So as you can tell, I’ve already screwed up another forecast. I should have gone with 2-14, 1-15 or, yep, even 0-16 – Pete Carroll, Winless Forever.
Actually, I’m sticking with 3-13, but I’m not sure which three teams they’ll beat anymore. I thought they’d beat Cincinnati, Washington and San Francisco at Qwest Field and get swept on the road. But the Bengals, Redskins and 49ers don’t look like gimmes anymore. Heck, the ‘Skins are 2-0, and the Bengals and 49ers are 1-1.
I still think the Seahawks lose their next four – they won’t be favored to beat any of their opponents (Arizona, Atlanta, at New York Giants, at Cleveland). The Cardinals are early 3-point favorites to beat the Hawks in their home opener on Sunday. Looks like easy money to take Arizona and lay the 3 to me. They host Cincinnati on Oct. 30, and that looms as the first and maybe the best opportunity they’ll have all season to get a win.
As they were in Pittsburgh, the Hawks had not been 14 1/2-point underdogs since the 1992 season when they went 2-14. This 2011 team may threaten that franchise low-water mark. Ah, it probably won’t, but it could. The Seahawks’ defense seems decent enough to keep them in some games, and maybe the offense will win a few 13-7 thrillers. Again, as I recall, the Seahawk defense was pretty decent in 1992, but Stan Gelbaugh was the quarterback. He was awful; just like this year’s QB, Tarvaris Jackson.
I’ve already gone on record as saying that if the Seahawks aren’t going to be good enough to contend for the Super Bowl this year, they may as well tank it and get Andrew Luck. That seems the best course of action for the future. This team, at best, will be 7-9, just like last year. And that’s really, really, really reaching to think they’ll win seven games, which would require a 7-7 finish. There’s no way this team splits the rest of its games. For the sake of the argument, let’s say they do. At 7-9, you’re still not good enough to contend for anything – although 7-9 could win the division by two games this year.
So why not go 0-16 or 1-15 and get Andrew Luck. That’s better than 4-12 or 5-11, records that could be in this team’s wheelhouse but would get you a lower draft pick.
Here’s what’s really crazy – if the Rams lose tonight to the Giants – and they’re 7-point underdogs, so they probably will – and if San Francisco loses next Sunday to Cincinnati – and the Niners are 1 1/2-point underdogs, the Seahawks could take a share of the NFC West lead at 1-2 if they beat the Cardinals! Always compete! Earn everything! Win Forever! Are You Kidding Me!!!!!!