And so it goes. A few teams fell from the ranks of the unbeaten this past weekend and the world didn’t come to an end. Monday morning was a little less sweet for the fans of New England and Seattle, with the Patriots losing to the Cincinnati Bengals on the road and the Seahawks falling at Indy.
Both teams will be in the thick of the playoff hunt and have to be considered as Super Bowls contenders for their own individual reasons. What’s understandable is the disappointment that losing brings to the respective fan bases and how it truly drains the energy out of a club’s facility, at least on Mondays. Local radio talk shows will be busy dissecting everything that went wrong and wondering whether it’s a precursor of things to come (doom and gloom).
But both teams will be back to work by Wednesday and have put this past weekend’s misfortune behind them, it’s just the way of the NFL. For fans and the media, it may take a bit longer.
Here’s Dayna O’Gorman’s (NFLFemale.com) take of the Seattle setback.
The Football Educator
Let’s Be Honest
By Dayna O’Gorman – NFLFemale.com
There has only been one team in NFL history to go undefeated. It just doesn’t happen. NFL teams are just too good to let a team run over 16 different teams. Going into the Seahawks season I knew we would lose a few games. Having back-to-back away games against AFC playoff teams, I knew there was a very good chance that we wouldn’t win one, let alone both. The Seattle Seahawks finish their road matches at 1-1.
To watch the beginning of the Seattle Seahawks vs. Indianapolis Colts game this week, the first quarter you would have thought the Seahawks were going to run away with this game. After offensive dominance, they were up by 12 with 5 minutes left in the first quarter. It was the exact opposite of what happened the week before in the game against the Houston Texans, where the Seahawks offense couldn’t get anything going. Then with less than a minute left in the first quarter, the Seattle secondary did the unthinkable in the eyes of the fans…they weren’t perfect. A huge misread by Seattle CB Richard Sherman and a missed tackle by Seattle S Earl Thomas led to an Indianapolis TD, a beautiful pass by Colts QB Andrew Luck to WR TY Hilton. The great thing about the Seattle Seahawks and the Indianapolis Colts is neither team will ever give up. They both play a full 60 minutes, and play they did.
I always try to watch a game a second time, removing the emotion from evaluation. What I saw were two very good football teams playing very good football. Both teams made mistakes, both had great plays. The Seattle defense completely stopped the Colts newest weapon, RB Trent Richardson. The Colts defense covered the Seahawks WRs almost to perfection. Both teams scored off of blocked punts. Luck and Seahawks QB Russell Wilson were almost identical in their stats. Where Seattle excelled in the run, the Colts excelled in the passing game. There were a few questionable calls for both teams. The Colts and the Seahawks had defensive breakdowns and defensive stops. It was said before this game was ever even played, these teams are amazingly similar and it showed. However, Luck took advantage of a few mistakes the Seahawks made, as a great QB should. At the end of the game, the Indianapolis Colts played the best in the fourth quarter, winning 28-34. Last week, after the Seattle win over Houston, Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll said “There is this great thing called half time, where you can make adjustments.” In Houston, the adjustments that the Seahawks made won the game for them. This week, the adjustments that the Colts and head coach Chuck Pagano made were the main reason for the Seahawks loss.
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