RiggoReincarnated wrote:There sure is alot of arrogance amonst Seattle fans this year...that you are going to come east coast and piss on us in OUR house. Its going to be really fun when the Skins win and shut everyone up who's underestimated us (again).
Interesting, coming from someone who's signature argument thus far has been a 2011 game between Rex Grossman, Roy Helu, and Tarvaris Jackson.[/quote]
The only part of that argument was the success of our offense versus your secondary. I concede Russell Wilson and your offense will be a much greater challenge this year. However, I don't find any reason to believe your defense will hold us under 20 points on our home turf, not the way we are playing now. Not with our offense vastly improved, and not after a less talented QB, RB, and WR corps put up 450 yards on you guys at your house just last season. I've heard your LB play is better this year, fine...but is that enough to offset our offense - where we've focused fastly over the past offseason with RGIII and putting balanced weaponry around him?
However, these predictions of 21 point blowouts on the road in a road playoff game make me laugh. We aren't the Buffalo Bills.[/quote]
This year's defense is superior to last year's defense not only because of that better LB play, but also because of more experience at most defensive positions (remember, Sherman was only a rookie starting to flash last season, as was KJ Wright). But here's the thing. The defense is ALSO better because of a SIGNIFICANTLY better offense paired with it. The Seahawks offense can sustain long drives, giving the defense rest. It can put points up early, whereas last year's team tended to struggle to do so. That makes opponents more one-dimensional as they attempt to catch up.
In last year's game, the defense faltered in the 4th quarter, and sure - that's still a concern sometimes. But the bigger story, in my opinion, is that once the Skins started rallying in the 4th, there was NOTHING that Tarvaris Jackson could do about it. After the Seahawks scored early in the 4th to lead 17-7, Jackson faced four 3rd downs, and this is what he did with them:
Sack for -9 yards
Pass for 2 yards on 3rd and 7 (followed by taking a sack for -9 yards on 4th down)
This year's Seahawks offense does not play like that in the 4th quarter.