3-1 Looking like 2013
Hawks look like their old selves when they won the Super Bowl
October 19, 2016
The 2016 NFL season has been a roller coaster of emotion for the Seattle Seahawks and their fans. The Seahawks 2015 campaign ended in disappointment at the hands of the NFC champion Carolina Panthers in the divisional round of the playoffs. Over the offseason the Seahawks lost their 5-time pro bowl running back Marshawn Lynch to retirement. Seattle did sign and draft new offensive linemen to reconstruct what was considered one of the worst lines in the league and the primary reason they didn’t reach Super Bowl 50.
The Seahawks first game of the 2016 regular season was a defensive brawl at home versus the Miami Dolphins. The game started at a fast pace offensively for both teams until Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kenny Stills dropped a 70 plus yard touchdown. Later in the game Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson suffered an ankle injury putting Seattle’s offense in neutral. Miami had the lead late in the 4th quarter until Russell Wilson threw a touchdown to his favorite target Doug Baldwin with less than a minute to go propelling the Hawks to a 1-0 start.
The Seahawks week 1 magic seemed to have run out in week 2 as they travelled to Los Angeles to play the division rival Rams. Once again the Seahawks found themselves in a low scoring defensive battle. Seattle fought valiantly on defense but was unable to generate enough offense to get the win.
Week 3 reminded fans of the 2013 team that dominated all year long and won Super Bowl 48 in tremendous fashion. Seattle played their arch rival 49ers at home and racked up 37 points while giving up a mere 3 points in the first 3 quarters. Russell Wilson suffered another ankle injury in the 3rd quarter, which prevented him from finishing the game. Even without Wilson the Seahawks cruised to a 37-18 victory.
Coming into week 4 the headline for the Hawks and Jets game was All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman vs. All-Pro receiver Brandon Marshall. That matchup did not disappoint. Through the whole first half Marshall seemed to have had the upper hand on Sherman putting up over 70 yards and a touchdown. The second half was a different story. Sherman demolished Marshall in the second half forcing 2 crucial interceptions. Marshall was targeted against Sherman 11 times and Sherman allowed a measly 4 completions. Seattle’s offense cruised all game long racking up over 350 total yards and 27 points. The defense was dominant as usual forcing 3 turnovers and holding the Jets to 54 yards on the ground.
With a week 5-bye the Seahawks finish the first quarter of the season with a 3-1 record and a lot of confidence. They have the number 2 defense in the league and look very much like their historic defense from the 2013 season. The reemergence of tight end Jimmy Graham gives Seattle a big time red zone threat that can’t be left in single coverage. Christine Michael Sr. has rejuvenated his career as the Hawks starting running back pounding defenses for crucial yards. The Hawks next game is on October 16th at home against the 3-1 Atlanta Falcons who put up 48 points in week 4. It should be a great matchup between 2 of the NFL’s best teams.