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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.

There isn’t much to report in terms of our own FanPulse. Seattle Seahawks fan confidence only moved a tick from 88% to 89% after Monday night’s win against the Minnesota Vikings, which you can see in this graph.

Just for my own curiosity, I wanted to see how the confidence levels were affected for Seahawks opponents immediately after their team lost to Seattle. Vikings fans confidence dipped from 21% to 17% after Monday, but how do they fare compare to the other seven teams? Check out the table.

FanPulse results

Win Team Pre-Game Confidence Post-Game Confidence Change Current Confidence (Week 15)
Win Team Pre-Game Confidence Post-Game Confidence Change Current Confidence (Week 15)
1 Cowboys 49% 6% -43% 68%
2 Cardinals 5% 33% 28% 0%
3 Raiders 19% 9% -10% 39%
4 Lions 86% 36% -50% 40%
5 Packers 34% 20% -14% 45%
6 Panthers 22% 15% -7% 2%
7 49ers 58% 47% -11% 62%
8 Vikings 21% 17% -4% 17%

Only the Arizona Cardinals fans actually had confidence in the direction of their team’s franchise go up immediately after the Seahawks beat them. Why such a sharp increase? Well they benched Sam Bradford, who was completely rotten for three weeks, and Josh Rosen showed promise in his first start, almost leading the Cardinals back from 17-10 down before losing 20-17 on a Sebastian Janikowski game-winner. That’s reason to not be so glum in the moment, I would say. Funnily enough though, this week the Cardinals are the only team with 0% fan confidence, so they’ve made FanPulse history by being the first to hit literal rock bottom.

The Dallas Cowboys had one of the largest post-Seahawks game crashes, going all the way down to 6% after falling to 1-2 and watching Earl Thomas intercept Dak Prescott twice when Thomas could’ve been the one on the Cowboys. They’re sitting at 8-5, with confidence levels at 68% and on the verge of an NFC East title. How things can change.

One game that humors me the most is Seahawks at Lions, as Detroit’s fans overwhelmingly believed they’d make the playoffs entering that game, and then plunged from 86% confidence to 36% after getting mostly dominated in their own building. They now sit at 40% on the year but also not in playoff contention.

Also of note are the Carolina Panthers, who went from 6-2 down to 6-7, and are theoretically still alive in the wild card hunt... but they’ve got the New Orleans Saints twice in three weeks. Their confidence polling dropped from 22% to 15% after the dramatic Seahawks comeback win a couple of weeks ago, and now they’re way down at 2% after losing to the Cleveland Browns.

We’ll keep this FanPulse table updated for the rest of the season, aka for as long as the Seahawks keep on winning.