In a game where it appeared that the 'Hawks would escape with a road win following yet another fourth quarter rally, the defense inexplicably faltered.
All season long, as the offense worked out its issues, the defense had held firm. Now suddenly, as we reach the season's mid point with a 4-4 record, it's hard to tell if this was a momentary lapse against a talented young Detroit offense or a potentially dangerous trend.
While it doesn't make much sense to panic, the facts are hard to dispute. Through eight games, the Seahawks have an 0-3 record in the NFC West and have won only once on the road this season in five tries.
Can the 'Hawks still make the playoffs?
Sure. But the road ahead won't be easy, even if it seems the upcoming schedule could be getting easier.
Unfortunately, predicting the results of the second half schedule as a followup to my full season predictions I posted in April is a bit more challenging now, following two consecutive tough losses, as this looks like a team that could end up finishing the season anywhere between 7-9 and10-6.
Understand, the following is a best guess, so I feel it's only fair to offer my patented disclaimer...
Disclaimer: All predictions guaranteed wrong come January 2013...or your money back!