Seattle Seahawks Prove Experts Wrong: Will They Do It Again?

Todd WashburnContributor IJanuary 14, 2011

SEATTLE, WA - JANUARY 08:  Running back Marshawn Lynch #24 of the Seattle Seahawks celebrates with his teammates his 67-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter against the New Orleans Saints during the 2011 NFC wild-card playoff game at Qwest Field on January 8, 2011 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
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So the playoffs need to be retooled to meet your views of who should be playoff-worthy? Are you there, CBS? Fox? ESPN? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? (Great movie.)

From NFL FanHouse to Bleacher Report itself, everyone complained about how terribly the NFC West performed this year, and that a 7-9 Seattle Seahawks team, after toppling the St. Louis Rams to host a Wild Card game, shouldn't be allowed in the postseason.

What's the matter? Are you all afraid that the lesser team is going to sell fewer tickets? Are you scared that your golden children may get embarrassed by the underdog? Are you afraid that a team with a losing record...*GASP*...dare I mention might go to the Super Bowl?

Oh my. The suits and Commish Roger Goodell dare not talk about it in their circle of millionaire buddies and NFL executives.

I say ha ha. All the brain trust and so-called experts that cover the National Football League, including Adam Schefter himself, the game day experts like Jimmy Johnson, Terry Bradshaw, Jim Brown, etc., shoot their mouths off every week and get paid to tell me what they think can happen and who they think will win what and go where. The thing is, they don't know anymore than you or I the five W's of what's going to go down.

The fact of the matter is, the Saints lost. The team did not perform as well as their adversaries, the Seattle Seahawks. 41-36 in favor of the Seabirds. The Saints are the only ones to blame here.

What's wrong, Roger? Did you want this game to be a rematch of the St. Louis Rams against the Saints so the Rams could get routed again, proving that the NFL's "golden children" should get the free pass of an easy game? Come on, admit it! You want the rich kids to get by with murder and the poor, hard-working class to get no shot.

Because that's just what it is. All us working-class proletarians have complained about the equality issue in the workforce all our working lives, and this is no different. Why do the rich kids get all the benefits? Well, this goes to show you the rich kids aren't always better.

One of the problems for the Saints was they could not come up with a run game. It was a shootout indeed, but the Saints are ranked 28th in the league in rushing. What does that tell the average defensive coordinator? Let your front four destroy the Saints' crap offensive line and double cover and contain the entire receiving corps.

Problem is, you're doing it against Drew Brees. The Saints are third in the NFL in passing offense. He passed for over 400 yards. However, you can pass all day long, but if you have no run game, teams can keep you out of the end zone.

Julius Jones ran for 59 yards. That is all. With a team that is set up with Julius Jones and Reggie Bush to only run for a high of 59 yards, you are going to lose.

Seattle nickel and dimed New Orleans, pounded the ball on the ground with 19 carries for 119 yards and a TD, presented an even attack and kept the Saints on their heels. Marshawn Lynch also broke for a giant run for 67 yards that seemed to demoralize everyone down to the casual fan.

Look, it can happen. Every league is set up so that a division winner is entitled to the playoff spot. That's life—get over it.

The Hawks go to the Bears at Soldier Field and have beaten the Bears earlier in the season...albeit barely. Matt Forte is foaming at the mouth at Seattle's 21st-ranked rush defense. Devin Hester and Johnny Knox, for example, are foaming at the Hawks' 26th-ranked pass defense. However, the Bears have the ability to implode.

I am not going to make any predictions for this up-and-coming battle because of last week. Seattle has proved what it is capable of doing. Let us not go down the scenarios of who had beaten who and what if and they did what. 

I like that a losing record is in the playoffs and pray they go even further. It causes even more havoc, and it entertains me. The more havoc, the more anarchy, and the more defiance of the traditionalism the better.

Break the barriers. Make all the so-called experts shut up, Seattle. Believe me, I know what you're going through. People told me I was too small to be an athlete, a soldier and an arena fighter. I did all those things with the heart of a lion and the aggression of a wolverine. If Seattle goes the distance, you bet I will support them with a smile.

Thanks once again for reading. I'm here to talk.