One of the great things about the NFL is that, more than any other sports league, the preseason optimism is over-the-top. In European soccer leagues, for example, you know your team won’t win a title and indeed for some teams you’re hoping to avoid relegation. NBA fans can look at their roster and know whether or not they have hope or if they’re heading for the lottery. I suppose the same thing happens to NHL and MLB fans, as I can’t imagine any Mariners fan has seriously thought to themselves “We’ll be in the World Series” in at least 17 or 18 years.
In this week’s SB Nation Reacts, only the Los Angeles Chargers and Carolina Panthers fans had a majority of respondents say their team would fail to reach their projected win total for the year. The Chargers fans think that 7.5 wins is too lofty an expectation, whereas Panthers fans are skeptical that they’ll get over 5.5 wins.
As for Seattle Seahawks fans? Ten wins at minimum is the expectation! We’ve grown accustomed to such a lifestyle.
Do I really need to add to that? Yes there is the chance the Seahawks get hit with catastrophic injuries, close game luck goes against them, the offensive and defensive lines underperform, etc. and this turns into a nightmare season in a nightmare calendar year. But otherwise, the floor for any Seahawks team with a reasonably competent roster and Russell Wilson at quarterback is ten wins.
Now at a national level, most respondents voted the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as most likely to exceed expectations and be championship contenders.
...And you also had a set of respondents who voted the Bucs as the team most likely to flop. Yup.
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