The betting money right now is that the Seahawks will win the NFC West crown. It’s safe to say that if I had to lay a wager of significance on either the Rams or Seahawks, I’d bet on the latter before the former.
Seattle has the pedigree, recent history, and a lot of talent in remarkably hideous and unsightly uniforms. But any person who pays attention knows that the preseason prognosticators don’t always get it right. Sure, the Seahawks have been a smart bet in the West because outside of Arizona, it’s been Los Angeles and San Francisco looking up.
But short of what we typically see with a team like New England, Seattle isn’t a lock anymore. Like a lot of things good for so long, they too are fighting gravity. Sunday showed they have some warts, especially on offense, that makes them vulnerable. How much remains to be seen.
That said, Los Angeles has a feeling about them. McVay is “that guy” who brings an infectious enthusiasm and energy that was missing with a gruff and dysfunctional Jeff Fisher. I’m not implying that Seattle is trending down, but they aren’t untouchable any longer. Like I said, with everything sky high, gravity will eventually weigh on you.
Los Angeles has the look of a team not just trending up, but long past due for some bounce back.
Sometimes, that’s all a team looking to make the climb back up really needs.