by: Michael Steffes
Don Banks is. In his newest article for cnnsi.com, Banks lists the Hawks as one of three teams with a losing record he sees still making the playoffs. He doesn't necessarily see the Seahawks making a big run, but has them getting above .500, which he believes is enough to win the NFC West. This is what he says:
Not for one second do I think it's going to pretty this season in Seahawks-land. It's going to be one step forward, two steps back all year long. But I can see a route to 9-7 -- barely -- and that will be good enough to squeak out a fifth consecutive division title, and a sixth-straight trip to the playoffs. It's up to the Cardinals or 49ers to convince me otherwise.This is similar to my feelings. In my recent post re-examining the Seahawks' schedule, I think that 10 wins is still a possibility. Not only that, but the Seahawks schedule softens near the end of the year.
The moral of this story? We should be watching the Hawks for improvement in their play over the next few weeks, and try not to get too caught up in the record. They will likely be in a hole for the majority of the first half of the season. Luckily, they have both games against their biggest competition for the division title (AZ) in the second half, along with numerous winnable games. This bodes well for the team's confidence if it does escape this poor start and still makes the playoffs. ~END~