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The Week 14 FanPulse results are here, and with the Seattle Seahawks thrashing the woeful San Francisco 49rs 43-16, that’s not really much to increase what is already high fan confidence levels in the direction of the franchise. It was 86% last week, and it goes to 88% this week, good for 6th among all fanbases.
This is the highest it’s been since prior to the start of Week 1. Only the New Orleans Saints, Los Angeles Rams, Cleveland Browns, Chicago Bears, and Kansas City Chiefs are higher up the table. I imagine a win over the Minnesota Vikings, provided there’s nothing catastrophic that happens to star players, will put Seattle over the 90% mark.
Speaking of the Vikings, for a team that was on the cusp of the Super Bowl last season, still above .500 and in good position to make the playoffs this year, their fanbase is pretty down at the moment. After a 24-10 loss to the New England Patriots in Foxboro, they tumbled from 58% to 21%, which is seventh-worst among the NFL SB Nation team sites.
As you can see, every loss except the one against the Los Angeles Rams has led to a sharp drop in confidence, so they are a roller coaster of emotions in ways that other teams aren’t. Another team towards the bottom are the 7-4-1, AFC North leading Pittsburgh Steelers, who are down to 22% (from 58% the week before) after consecutive losses.
Vikings fans are so down in the dumps that the average point spread for this Monday’s game against the Seahawks is a two-point loss. Yes, they think they’ll drop to 6-6-1 and really make a playoff berth that much tougher. Seahawks fans had an average margin of 6 points, and frankly this could be the type of game that yields a close result.
Lastly, my favorite use of FanPulse trolling this week comes from the much-loathed New England Patriots. Kudos to the folks at Pats Pulpit for noticing what has become of the Jacksonville Jaguars, whom Seahawks fans certainly remember for being quite cocky after Jacksonville beat Seattle last year and their defense was compared to that of the 2013 Seahawks.