Although it might be difficult for the Seattle fan base to be happy with the Seahawks right now, especially after the disheartening 20-3 loss at the hands of the St. Louis Rams, the month of October should be a good month for the team.
With a bye week, and then games against three questionable teams, by the end of October we could be looking at a 5-2 Seahawks team.
If this team is going to compete for a playoff spot, the next four weeks are going to be essential games. We need victories now. This is the easiest portion of the schedule and after this it will only get harder.
Let’s look at October game-by-game.
October 8th: Bye week
The bye week comes at a very good time for the Seahawks. Not only does it give this team a change to regroup after dropping a crucial division game against the Rams, but it also gives the coaching staff time to integrate RB Marshawn Lynch into the game plan.
Personally, I love the Lynch trade. Not to say that Buffalo shouldn’t have let him go (and with Fred Jackson and CJ Spiller on the roster they didn’t have much of a choice) but that doesn’t mean that Lynch isn’t a good player in this league. He has had a tough career because of his run-ins with law enforcement, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t good when on the field.
October 17th: Chicago Bears
This will be a tough game for Seattle. Nobody really knows how good the Bears are as a team. They are 3-1 (and will probably be 4-1 if they can get by Carolina without Cutler) and they have beaten Dallas and Green Bay. I take them seriously in this league even if most don’t.
Chicago’s defense has improved tremendously from last season with a healthy Brian Urlacher and then newly acquired Julius Peppers, and their special teams have gotten better given how the coaching staff has now allowed Devin Hester more opportunities returning punts/kick offs.
The good thing that Seattle has to look forward to is that this Chicago offense is still struggling. Cutler will most likely play in week five, but he has taken so many hits that who knows how long he will last this season.
Seattle will bring the house and they will get to him. He looks a little gun-shy right now, and if he is concentrating on the pressure instead of the wide receivers, then Seattle will keep the Chi offense off the field.
This is a toss-up; however Chicago is a better team so they will most likely win.
October 24th: Arizona Cardinals
I have a very good feeling about this Arizona game. The Cardinals have a great wide receiver but they can’t get him the ball, and Max Hall won’t be the answer this season. Arizona couldn’t win with Derek Anderson and Hall isn’t too much of an upgrade to him (at least not yet, maybe the kid will be a good QB in the future).
This is an absolute must-win for Seattle. This is a game that they will have to dominate. They can dominate this team just like they dominated San Francisco in the beginning of the year. They are the more talented team. A loss here will not be acceptable.
October 31: Oakland Raiders
Alright, alright, Oakland might be a joke in this league, but this team has gotten better than last season. Although they are only 1-3, they should have beaten Arizona in week 3 (Sebastian Janikowski lost the game for them) and besides that they had to go against Tennessee and Houston—two of the better teams in the AFC.
Seattle is better than Oakland but this won’t be an easy win. Lynch should run wild on them (by this point he will be comfortable in the offense) and if the Seahawks have any playoff fight in them they will be ready to roll this opponent.
Seattle, for all intents and purposes, dramatically increased their chance of winning this division with their deal for Marshawn Lynch. Lynch will provide the run support that has been sorely missed this season.
So far, I’ve been slightly disappointed with the up-and-down tendencies of this team. They overpower San Francisco in week one; get beaten by Denver in week two; beat San Diego in week three; then lose to poor St. Louis in week four.
Where’s the consistency?
Looking ahead, the Seattle schedule is pretty easy. It would be a shame if this team didn’t win at least nine or ten games this season. Especially with Arizona suffering through quarterbacks and San Francisco being in shambles, this team should be cruising right now. You beat San Diego one week and then lose to St. Louis the next? Unacceptable!
Looking ahead at the schedule, there are four tough games: Chicago (week 5), NY Giants (week 9), New Orleans (week 11), and Atlanta (week 15).
Besides that, this schedule is a joke. If they can’t beat Oakland or Arizona or St. Louis, then this team doesn’t deserve the playoffs, and they will only have themselves to blame.