It has been a pretty fantastic last few weeks of Seahawks football. RW just continues his ascension into the national media's collective mind and with it, the discussion of Wilson's legitimate shot at ROY.
The Seahawks are red-hot right now and the league knows it. Two historic back-to-back 50+ point blowouts tend to force an otherwise ambivelent league's hand. These Ain't Your Daddy's Seahawks. Big, strong, fast, fierce, such an explosive and deep mix of young talent, with Wilson leading the charge, there's no reason to expect anything less than Championship-caliber for the next several years.
The 49ers are what the Seahawks aspire to be and the funny thing is, they've closed the gap in record time. Our defense is not that far away from theirs and our offense is equally as explosive and dangerous. They may edge us in some categories and statistics but these two teams are very close in how they are built for longterm success.
Unfortunately, the Patriots had to go and ruin what could have been an epic battle for the division title this Sunday. Instead, we are left just hoping to secure a wildcard and then praying to the Football Gods that the Cardinals shock the nation in the final week while we take care of our final home game against the Rams for an improbable division title. Sure, there's an outside chance we could still win the division but the road - and math - would have been so much easier had the Patriots not crapped all over themselves in the first half of last Sunday's game.
There will be no doubt that this will be our toughest test yet at home. If Sherman is suspended this Friday and cannot play, our chances are that much tougher. I'm very close to calling this one a loss and yet another sweep job by the 49ers but I have completely become convinced that Russell Wilson is taking this team on his shoulders and displaying a level of magic on the football field that I have never seen in all my 36 years of being a Seahawks fan.
Russell baby, I believe.
Aros' Fearless Prediction: Seahawks 27 - 49ers 24
Aros' Fearless Record: 9-5
"The Seahawks showed today that they regarded me highly and I appreciate that, and I will continue to show how much I regard Paul Allen and the Seattle Seahawks with my play." - Richard Sherman