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Seahawks fall to 0-2 but opportunities for optimism lie ahead

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Yes, the Seattle Seahawks are 0-2, which doesn’t give them good odds to make the playoffs. Given what I know from my experiences of being a fan and being around fans for awhile, I’m guessing at this point more people are hoping for a high draft pick and some (more) changes than they are a 9-7 season. Because change is interesting and getting in on the March discussions about a top-five pick is fun.

But I’m afraid I’m going to have to ray some sunshine onto your rain parade because I don’t think the Seahawks are into the water quite yet. While 0-2 teams get to the playoffs roughly 10% of the time, 2-2 teams make it almost a third of the time, and Seattle has a very good shot at winning their next two games.

Then it’s just a matter of how healthy they are at the quartermark.

The Seahawks host the Dallas Cowboys in Week 3, a 1-1 team that has struggled mightily on offense, especially at quarterback with Dak Prescott and no discernible receivers to concern yourself with. Two games into the season, the Cowboys’ leading receiver is Cole Beasley at nine catches for 86 yards. That could be a good assignment for Justin Coleman in the slot. Outside, Shaquill Griffin might find himself Deonte Thompson, who has 60 yards in two games, or Allen Hurns, who has 29. Tavon Austin managed 79 yards in Week 2 against the New York Giants, but we know Austin is capable of the anomaly game every so often.

It’s the perfect matchup for a defense that only has two good cornerbacks to work with.

Seattle will be back at home, an advantage they haven’t had so far this season, and while Dallas was above-average on the road last year, they scored just eight points (a late touchdown and two-point conversion against the Carolina Panthers) in their Week 1 road loss. I expect the Cowboys to be a .500 team at best, and even if that’s where the Seahawks could be at too, they at least have the homefield advantage, and Seattle did win a game in Dallas late last season.

Next is back on the road, but it’s in Arizona to face the 0-2 Cardinals. The true worst offense in the NFL.

If you think things are bad for Russell Wilson, I divert your attention to Sam Bradford: Through two games, Bradford has 243 passing yards, no touchdowns, two interceptions, 4.0 Y/A, and a rating of 55.6. In terms of Y/A, it’s one of the very worst starts by a QB in the modern era.

While Larry Fitzgerald has managed 10 catches for 104 yards, Christian Kirk is the only other receiver to catch a pass (five for 31), with tight end Ricky Seals-Jones gaining 36 yards, and running backs David Johnson (33) and Chase Edmonds (39) doing the rest. It’s another perfect matchup for Griffin, Coleman, and whatever carpool mannequin they throw in the passenger seat.

In both cases, the Seahawks will be facing an offense that has built their current identity around a running back and that running back is not producing much at all so far given the struggles of the quarterback and receivers to move the ball more than 4-5 yards down the field. Overall, the Cardinals have been outscored 58-6 to open the year.

Arizona is just the 12th team in the modern era to score six points or less in the first two games of the season. Of the previous 11, eight finished with four wins or less, including six of which had two wins or less. The best was the 2001 Washington team that finished 8-8 after an 0-5 start. You could argue that the Cardinals have a good defense, but would it be a good argument?

They’re allowing a passer rating against of 112.9 and are giving up 136 rushing yards and two touchdowns per game. Don’t confuse good players on defense with a good defense.

Of course, the Seahawks could drop to 0-4, leading into their Week 5 home matchup against the 2-0 LA Rams, a team that just beat Arizona 34-0. The Cowboys always seem to be a tough opponent for Seattle and the Seahawks still have to fix all their issues on offense — and defense. The Seahawks also seem to find creative ways to lose to the Cardinals when they get the opportunity to do so and it is a divisional road game. I’m not completely blind to the possibilities of an 0-4 or 0-5 or 1-4 start. That possibility exists, but optimism is not only a more enjoyable way to view the season after two games, it is also warranted.

Seattle was decimated on Monday night.

No Bobby Wagner. No K.J. Wright. No Doug Baldwin.

No Tre Flowers. No D.J. Fluker.

They went on the road both weeks. They had many opportunities to win in Week 1 against the Denver Broncos and I think a few calls would have been enough to help them to 1-0. They seemed outmatched by the Bears in every way but still had chances in the fourth quarter to tie or take the lead.

They haven’t given up a rushing touchdown yet. They have five takeaways in two games. Shaquill Griffin could be a start at cornerback. Akeem King seemed to be play pretty well in his debut as a starter. Tyler Lockett is off to a good start. Will Dissly continued to play like a day three steal. Michael Dickson Michael Dickson Michael Dickson.

I know there are issues. Huge red flags. But it’s literally mid-September and many people are already looking at March free agency and the draft in the spring. You could be dead by then. Stay optimistic today and realize that your life could be taken away from you before the 2019 NFL draft. Stay positive. You could die soon. Keep your head up. You might not make it that far.

Wagner, Fluker, Flowers could all be back next week. If the Seahawks hit the Week 7 bye at 3-3, they could be getting Baldwin and Wright back by Week 8. They’ve made the playoffs after a 3-3 start. They made the playoffs after an 0-2 start just three years ago.

There are 14 games left. Do me and yourself the favor of at least ignoring the negativity for a moment. These last fleeting moments of our lives.