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.
This is the second week of SB Nation’s weekly FanPulse survey. Last week, Seattle Seahawks fans predicted a 4-point win over the Denver Broncos, and for a few minutes in the final quarter, that was spot-on. We only wish the game had finished 24-20, or that the Seahawks had found a late touchdown to win it 31-27.
With Seattle heading on the road again for Week 2, what’s the prediction from fans for Monday’s matchup with the Chicago Bears? Well it’s still a win, but a smaller margin of victory than predicted against Denver.
Will the Seahawks win or lose in Week 2?
Odds: Bears are 3-point favorites
Windy City Gridiron FanPulse: Bears by 6
Field Gulls FanPulse: Seahawks by 2
You know how excellent the Seahawks have been in primetime under Russell Wilson. They are a ridiculously good 19-4-1 (regular season only) under the bright lights, and are 8-2-1 on the road, so it’s not just fattening up on CenturyLink Field dominance. Bears fans might be understandably confident that they’ll reign supreme in their home opener, although the sting of blowing a 20-0 lead to a hobbled Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers must still be there.
As an aside, Seattle is 3-0 at Soldier Field in the Pete Carroll era, winning with Matt Hasselbeck, Tarvaris Jackson, and most memorably Russell Wilson in his rookie season.
How confident are you in the direction of the team?
Last week: 90 percent confidence
What a difference a few plays here and there makes. Last week, 90% of respondents were “somewhat confident” or “very confident” in the direction of the team. This week, albeit with just a simpler “Confident/Meh/Not Confident” set of responses, that number is down to 62%.
Other than QB, what is most valuable to an NFL offense?
Lastly, the NFL community-wide polling of the most valuable position on an NFL offense produced a majority response of “left tackle.” Much like a franchise quarterback, a franchise left tackle is hard to come by. It’s not that easy to find a Jason Peters or Andrew Whitworth or a Tyron Smith. I must admit, I’m really surprised wide receiver didn’t poll ahead of running backs, especially since it’s abundantly clear that we live in a passing league with many new and adjusted rules pretty much tailor made for QBs and WRs to thrive.
Once again, thanks to all who participated in the FanPulse survey. Check back next week and throughout the season for more results and great debate!