Can The Seahawks Win It All?
It has long been an American tradition to root for the underdog. In the NFL this season, if there ever was an underdog, its name is the Seattle Seahawks. Two weeks ago, the Seahawks made NFL history as the first team to win its division or make the playoffs with a losing record (7-9 to be exact).
Last week, the Seahawks made more history by becoming the first team with a losing record to win a playoff game, beating last year’s champions, the New Orleans Saints 41-36. Not too many people had picked the Seahawks to win that game, but they defied the odds and got it done.
This week, the underdogs find themselves in very familiar territory. They are up against the Chicago Bears, a team with a better record and reputation who are the favorites to win the match at home.
However, the Seahawks beat the Bears in Chicago during the regular season. With a running weapon of seismic proportions in Marshawn Lynch (enter “beast mode” quote here) and a strong veteran quarterback in Matt Hasselbeck, they have a legitimate chance. Not to mention the fact that they have a great motivator in head coach Pete Carroll, who led the team to a victory no one expected last week.
If they continue to believe they can win on any given Sunday, who knows? Of course, it’s not very likely they’ll make it to the Super Bowl, but if they choose to give up because of that, there’s no point in playing at all.
We learned over the course of last week’s matchups that defense truly does win championships. If the Chicago Bears can stop the run, they will limit and damage the Seahawks. If not, we will probably see more heroic gains from Lynch and the Seahawks may upset again.
The defense is also important in pressuring the quarterback. Bears quarterback Jay Cutler tends to make poor decisions under pressure (as do many quarterbacks in those situations), so the defense could come up big and force the Bears to play from behind, a situation in which the team has struggled this year.
At the end of the day, all that matters is a good game. We don’t want to see domination. We want a passionate, energetic, down-to-the-wire, knockdown drag-out where the team that wants it the most ends up on top. Such games are what make the NFL great. In the meantime, this one’s for the underdogs.