The Seattle Seahawks are 8-1, the best record in the NFC. They have rattled off four straight wins after losing 34-28 at Indianapolis in week 5.
All of those games have been close, including a competitive 34-22 win at the Arizona Cardinals in week 7.
Seattle needed overtime to beat the 0-8 Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday at CenturyLink Field. They looked vulnerable at times and ended up making the biggest comeback in franchise history to overtake the winless Bucs.
“What a day at the stadium,” Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said after the game, according to Doug Farrar at Sports Illustrated.
“We’re in a little bit of a funk [against] the running game,” Carroll said. “We’re not tackling very well — we’re trying to take the ball away so much, that were not tackling very well, and until we continue to fix that, we’re going to continue to struggle. It’s really obvious to me what the difference is — going for a little too much and trying a little too hard. There were a lot of yards after first contact by their running backs, so we need to do much better there.”
Seattle gave up 205 yards on the ground, including 158 to the Bucs backup running back Mike James. The Seahawks travel to the struggling Atlanta Falcons next week then return home to take on the disappointing Minnesota Vikings before heading into a bye.
Not exactly the most difficult schedule in the coming weeks on paper. Perhaps it’s coming at the right time and will give them an opportunity to work on some things.