ivotuk wrote:Scottemojo wrote:I personally think it is a big fat coincidence.
Last year teams were 11-3 the week after playing the Hawks. They were physical as well, correct?
Not really, this Dline is night and day better than the one we had last year. There have been quite a few injuries on opposing teams and this year they are playing hard to beat a "Superbowl contender." Last year we surprised people, this year they're coming loaded for bear.
Yeah, I'll agree with this... its not the same.
Wilson is using his legs more which tires out defenses.
Lynch has to tap into Beast Mode powers more frequently without Michael Robinson.
While our pass rush sucks are run-blocking when its on is still powerful. Sweezy and Carpenter are road graders and dump trucks compared to McQuistan and Moffitt.
The Seahawks D is much more aggressive, especially on the D-Line, where Bryant is healthy, and the Seahawk have a deep rotation that keeps everyone fresh.
Most teams if they had a choice wouldn't play Seahawks brand of football. It forces you to be more physical than them and if that isn't in you're makeup, you aren't going to compete in all 4 QTRs.
The only team that beat us this year, the Colts, I felt like the officiating took the Legion of Boom out of their element... flag after flag. Not only that but Indy's WRs were playing cheap but smart... after flags forced Seattle to take it down a notch, Indy's WRs themselves became overly aggressive, instigate contact, and then dramatically flop on occasion getting the flags.
So the team that beat Seattle didn't beat them at their own game, they just outsmarted them but that is a rare occasion. To beat Seattle you have to be more physical and more explosive than them. And that style of play is taxing.
With that said Ill agree its half Seahawks style of play and half coincidence of scheduling.