Welcome to SB Nation FanPulse — a survey of fans across the NFL, powered by SurveyMonkey. Each week, we send 32 polls to 100+ plugged in fans from each team. Seahawks fans, sign up HERE to join FanPulse.
The Seattle Seahawks are on a bye week, so this week’s FanPulse will not include any predictions on margin of victory/defeat. However, with the team coming off a dominant 27-3 win over the Oakland Raiders to get back to .500, we can focus on confidence levels of Seahawks fans in this week’s survey.
After being in the doldrums following the lackluster win over the Arizona Cardinals, combined with the season-ending injury to Earl Thomas, fan confidence has shot up from 24% in Week 4 to 73% entering the bye.
Only nine teams have higher confidence levels, and they are the Los Angeles Rams, Kansas City Chiefs, New Orleans Saints, Philadelphia Eagles, New England Patriots, Chicago Bears, Cleveland Browns (yup!), Baltimore Ravens, and Minnesota Vikings. What a difference a couple of weeks makes! Just imagine how much higher the percentage would’ve been had the Seahawks pulled off the upset against the Rams, leaving them just a game back of first-place.
While the Seahawks may have the week off, their next opponents, the Detroit Lions, are set to play the Brock Osweiler-led Miami Dolphins this Sunday. Detroit famously got crushed 48-17 in Week 1 by the New York Jets, but Matt Patricia has held off extremely early calls for his dismissal with a pair of wins against the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers. Sitting at 2-3, which is still last in the NFC North, Lions fans are actually slightly leaning towards belief that they will make the playoffs.
I imagine losing at Miami might see the results change drastically, such is the swing of emotion in a 16-game season.
The last thing we’ll get to here is the national polling across all 32 SB Nation NFL sites. Which young quarterback would you take for the next ten years? The options given were Patrick Mahomes, Jared Goff, Carson Wentz, and Deshaun Watson, all of whom have been starting for less than three full seasons. Unsurprisingly, Mahomes was the winner by miles.
How did Seahawks fans vote? Here’s the breakdown:
Patrick Mahomes - 55%
Carson Wentz - 17%
Deshaun Watson - 17%
Jared Goff - 11%
There are still a few of you who believe Goff is a “system QB” who is heavily dependent on the great schemes that Sean McVay has produced... also he’s a division rival, so of course you’d expect him to be last. We’re also more than familiar of what Watson can do at his best, as we saw in last year’s 41-38 classic against the Houston Texans, in which Russell Wilson and Watson engaged in a duel for the ages.
Mahomes finished tops in polling on 29 teams, with the Rams, Eagles, and Texans as the obvious exceptions since their own quarterbacks were on this list. If you really want to be amused by homerism, the Eagles fans polled 96% for Wentz, 4% for Mahomes, and nothing for Goff or Watson.