"Another Blog on the Fire" Michael Dashiell
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Michael Dashiell (that's me) is editor of the Sequim Gazette. He has a Bachelor's Degree from Western Washington University, has worked at the Sequim Gazette for about 10 years and enjoys writing — occasionally. He and his wife Patsene live in Sequim; their two daughters are in college. He will write about anything, but particularly enjoys sports, arts, breaking news and news-of-the-weird. He also enjoys writing about himself in the third person.
The 2013 Seahawks = The greatest team EVER … from Seattle
Before the season, I thought the Seattle Seahawks had a legitimate shot at going undefeated. Oh, I admit it was a fanciful thought …
But this? This is better. At 7-1 after Monday night's excruciating 14-9 win at St. Louis, the 'Hawks are once again a legit Super Bowl contender.
No, wait, scratch that. They are FOR THE FIRST TIME a legit Super Bowl contender. Even in 2005-2006, when the Seahawks actually got to the Super Bowl, they weren't really thought of contenders. Good team? Sure. Bonafide NFL champ material? Eh … not even Seattle fans thought it was a dream worth putting stock in. Perhaps it was all those years of training ourselves to be disappointed. Despite all the greats and semi-greats of the past — from Steve Largent to John L. Williams and Dave Kreig and Chris Warren to Cortez Kennedy and Dave Brown and Kenny Easely and the like — we were always the hard-luck team stuck here in the corner of the country, happy to get scraps off the table of the division title now and again.
Oh, but this year … this is different. We've got a burgeoning quarterback, an all-star running back, a corps and quietly excellent receivers, a defense that is stone-cold impregnable and the best fans in the country. What's not to like?
Halfway through the 2013 season (roughly — those bye weeks always throw everything off a bit) it looks like Seattle and San Francisco and New Orleans are the class of the NFC, the Broncos, Patriots and Chiefs (wha???) the class of the AFC.
Here are some less-than-bold but sure lock bets for the second half and beyond:
The Seahawks will finish 14-2, win the West and get that critical first-round bye and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. San Fran will finish 13-3, further infuriating their already obnoxious fans. New Orleans will also finish 13-3.
Other NFC playoff teams will include Green Bay (NFC North camp), Dallas (only because the NFC East has to have a champ) and Carolina, who shocks the league by slipping past Detroit for the final wild card berth.
On the AFC side, Denver looks like they'll catch Kansas City … until Peyton Manning goes down with an injury. Like San Francisco, the Broncos have to settle for the top wild card spot. The Chiefs continue to shock everyone with a 15-1 mark and take home-field advantage into the playoffs. New England wins the east, Indianapolis the South and Cincinnati the North. A dogfight for that final wild card spot comes down to San Diego, Tennessee, Baltimore and the Jets. The Ravens, the defending champs, edge the field for a playoff berth.
San Fran knocks off Dallas and Green Bay takes care of Carolina, setting up a great semifinal round. Seattle blasts Green Bay and New Orleans "upsets" the 49ers, and Seattle sends the Saints home with a 17-point loss at the Clink.
On the AFC side, Denver tops Cincinnati and New England edges Baltimore in the wild card round. The Patriots upset Kansas City and Denver gets revenge for a loss earlier this season at Indy. That sets up a classic between Brady and Manning in the AFC title game. Manning throws eight TD passes despite playing on a broken leg and Denver edges New England, 56-52.
In the Super Bowl in New York, Seattle trumps Denver 7-6 in the most painfully excruciatingly boring Super Bowl on record … except for Seattle fans. Richard Sherman scores the winning touchdown on a Manning interception.