After run over by a freight train in Buffalo, the Seahawks are trying to explain what happened on Sunday.
At the beginning of October, the Seattle Seahawks were hands down the favorite to emerge as NFC representatives in the Super Bowl. Pete Carroll had brought an unlikely team together and seemed to finally embrace the fact that he has an MVP-candidate playing quarterback for him.
Now the Seahawks find themselves doing more explaining than celebrating. Explaining things like how the team has lost two of its last three games after starting undefeated, the most recent of which was total destruction at the hands of the Buffalo Bills.
After the game, Carroll summed things up perfectly, by pointing out the obvious. This Seahawks team is not what we are used to seeing, and it’s unsettling.
“It really is just such an out-of-character game across the board,” Carroll said after the loss. “I don’t even recognize us.”
Seattle lost 44-34, but the impact goes far beyond the final score. Russell Wilson turned the ball over four times, the defense couldn’t stay off the field, and it appears that there exists a clear blueprint to take apart the once untouchable Seahawks.
To be fair, none of the Seahawks wins have been decisive. Seattle needed a goalline stand to beat the Patriots, almost lost to a terrible Cowboys team, and needed a bad call by the Vikings to snatch victory from the clutches of defeat. All three of those games happened at home, and Seattle has now lost both of its last two road games.
A Super Bowl has never been won or lost in November. More specifically, the Seahawks are a team that has historically started slow but finished incredibly strong. The Sunday struggle wasn’t exclusive to the Seahawks, either. While the Seahawks were getting launched into an active volcano by the Bills, Kansas City was on the ropes against the Panthers and Ravens were slowly getting themselves back together in Indy.
Good teams played not so good on Sunday, but something feels a little worse about what we saw happen to the Seahawks.