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What I saw of Sunday on Monday

I don't live in the US and work on Sundays so I have little live access to the NFL. This in some ways works out in my favor as I can watch all of the games on Monday. I've looked at much of the analysis here on Field Gulls and thought I'd provide a different perspective. Maybe this is covered elsewhere, but I didn't see it.

Sure, there were some interesting defensive schemes to keep Wilson in the pocket, the receivers didn't seem to get open, you can certainly second guess the playcalling, the defense gave up a score late to give up the lead like it did so many times last year and again in San Francisco two weeks ago, etc., etc. However, in my mind, there is one reason the Seahawks lost on Sunday: overconfidence

I'm a huge believer in advanced stats and the like, but I've watched and played enough sports to know that isn't the whole story. For every time I roll my eyes when someone talks about "bulletin board material", someone wins one for "The Gipper". As a long-time Southern Cal fan, I see so many similarities in Carroll's teams there and these Seahawks. They're very, very talented and deep. They often start slowly and finish strong with great halftime adjustments (yesterday???). They can go out and inexplicably lay an egg.

For all of the "every game is a championship game" mantra we hear repeated, this team has 52 human beings on it who can be affected by their "press clippings". I believe it was Golden Tate who seemed to suggest he'd stick with the "1-0" mentality only because it seemed to be working. This is a group of young, cocky, extremely talented football players who believe they are better than everyone they face. It is human nature to grow complacent and phone it in. There are a number of games where it looks like this may have happened to at least some extent. Every once in a while you can't turn on the switch and get it done.

On Sunday, the Arizona Cardinals came into the impenetrable fortress called The Clink and did the impossible. They beat the Seahawks where they are unbeatable. Is it because Bevell is a horrible playcaller? Marshawn Lynch has lost a step? Byron Maxwell is a terrible cornerback? Doug Baldwin has massive biceps? Russell Wilson was attacked by a virus? I believe it's because they were overconfident. They turned it on late, but some fluky plays happened, and it wasn't enough. They'll remember this game and never let that happen again....until the next time it does.

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