What the hell is going on?
The Seattle Seahawks haven’t been 3-0 since the Super Bowl season in 2013, and while I know the poor defensive performances are alarming and the injuries suck, this is twice now that Seattle winning a game has been followed by a drop in the SB Nation Reacts confidence polling.
We were at 95% last week, down three percentage points after beating the New England Patriots, now it’s another three-percent drop after the thriller over the Dallas Cowboys. It’s not a huge deal per se, but it’s still a bit odd.
To show contrast of our high expectations with that of the rebuilding Miami Dolphins, Miami’s confidence in the team is at 91% based on the respondents.
I can only conclude that the Seahawks need an injury-free, 20-point win for fan confidence to go back up again. If they lose? I don’t want to think about that. In case you’re wondering, the Buffalo Bills, Los Angeles Rams, Las Vegas Raiders, and Tampa Bay Buccaneers have 100% confidence, while the Atlanta Falcons and Houston Texans are sitting at 0%.
Now to the national questions of the week. The Cincinnati Bengals and Philadelphia Eagles played to a tie last Sunday. Ties used to be commonplace in hockey and are commonplace in soccer. The NFL has shortened regular season overtimes to 10 minutes and long eliminated “sudden death by opening drive field goal.” College football, which has no ties, plays a mini-game of sorts that often artificially inflates scores while creating a different sort of drama. Most respondents (but not my a large margin) agreed more changes are needed to the NFL OT rule, but I’d be more interested in what way they want to change it.
In other news, the Kansas City Chiefs made a major statement by once again taking apart the vaunted Baltimore Ravens defense on their way to an impressive win. Their defense was a massive liability in 2018 and it led to a defensive coordinator change. Magically, the defense was good enough to help them win a Super Bowl. Patrick Mahomes has been paid, he’s as sharp as ever, and the defense continues to impress. With their 3-0 start, many believe this year’s team is even better than the one that triumphed over the San Francisco 49ers in February.
...So it’s only fair to expect that most fans are looking forward to the Chiefs take on the New England Patriots. We did this poll before Steelers at Titans was postponed, so the runner-up is now Bills at Raiders, which I think is a sneaky fun matchup.
We close this week’s SB Nation Reacts with a polling of which team has been the biggest disappointment through the opening month of the season. There are three winless teams and the New Orleans Saints on here, but the Minnesota Vikings narrowly top this list. Safe to say the defense is a shell of itself and hopefully that remains the case when the Seahawks play them.
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