Welcome to SB Nation Reacts, a survey of fans across the NFL. Throughout the year we ask questions of the most plugged-in Seattle Seahawks fans and fans across the country. Sign up here to participate in the weekly emailed surveys.
It’s time for the first Seahawks Reacts survey following the team’s elimination from playoff contention! Seattle might have beaten the Arizona Cardinals to end the season on a winning note, but the performance was underwhelming, to put it mildly. It’ll be interesting to see how the confidence poll looks this week, especially with the uncertainty over Pete Carroll’s future and the futures of his top assistant coaches.
Next up is a playoff hypothetical. Had the Seahawks made the playoffs over the Green Bay Packers, they would’ve faced the Dallas Cowboys. Yes, Dallas is undefeated at home, but Seattle gave them a massive scare, losing a 41-35 shootout down in Arlington. Seattle didn’t have Kenneth Walker that night, but Abe Lucas was also playing that night and likely would’ve missed a playoff game. Do you think the Seahawks could’ve taken down Dak Prescott and Dallas in the rematch?
Staying with the NFL playoffs, I think we’re in for a long offseason of deserved gloating and, um, increased interactions with San Francisco 49ers should they win the Super Bowl. They’re the Super Bowl favorite on DraftKings Sportsbook, so this is your chance to shoot your shot. Is it the 49ers hoisting Lombardi Trophy or literally any of the other 13 playoff participants, aka “the field”?
Last question is about Seattle’s 9-8 record. Bill Parcells famously said, “You are what your record says you are.” Based on point differential, the Seahawks should’ve been a 7-10 team. They’ve overshot their Pythagorean expectation in four of their last five seasons. Seattle had 10 of its 17 games against eventual 10+ win opponents, and didn’t lose to a single team with a losing record. However, the Seahawks were not even close to the only team with a strength-of-schedule above .500, so it’s not as if this was some unique circumstance. The Seahawks rarely, if ever, played a truly complete game on offense and defense, and squeaked by half of their “easier” opponents.
Were the Seahawks an apt 9-8 team, unlucky to be 9-8 given key injuries and some of their closer losses to the Rams and Cowboys, or lucky to even be 9-8 considering their lackluster stretches of play throughout the season?
Check back at the end of the week for the full results in a separate article!