They play in one of the NFL’s smallest markets and don’t get a lot of national media coverage.
But one thing for sure, after watching them on Monday night, the Seattle Seahawks are the best team in football.
Seattle truly has earned the right to deserve more national exposure, but most media outlets would rather cover the dreadful play of Geno Smith instead of the great play of Russell Wilson.
The Seahawks do not play in one of the large U.S. metropolitan cities, and their players are not plastered all over billboards across the country, or seen on television commercials because of where they are from – the northwest. It’s really too bad they are far away from any of the big media centres as this team has some budding superstars.
Forget about how RGIII, Andrew Luck and Colin Kaepernick stole all the rookie quarterback headlines last season from Russell Wilson, who definitely deserved to be in the same sentence. However, since Wilson played “far up in the northwest,” he didn’t get the exposure those others received.
Well, “Dangerous,” as he is called in the northwest, should get the last laugh this season. Wilson will take the Seahawks deep into the playoffs while the other three have struggled.
After watching Wilson play the last couple of weeks, he is truly the complete package without having the prototypical quarterback measurements. Wilson is just so smooth on the field, both mentally and physically, it really doesn’t look like he is under any stress or shows any panic in his eyes.
Wilson makes all the throws and what makes him more dangerous than Kaepernick or RG “III-8” is he looks to throw first before running. You can tell Wilson is a leader, on and off the field, by the way he presents himself on camera, and he doesn’t lose at home (14-0).
Everyone thinks Tom Brady and Peyton Manning are the front-runners for league MVP, but no one should forget about Wilson. However, playing where he plays, he will probably be the forgotten quarterback, which is wrong.
At the end of the day, Wilson will just shrug it off and really who remembers the regular-season MVP?
Everyone knows who won the Super Bowl.
The road to the Super Bowl will go through the great northwest. If the Seahawks earn a place in the big game, just perhaps, the media will finally give some coverage to the Seahawks and Wilson.
The sure thing
Last week, The Freak had a perfect week and hopes you cashed in.
New England is at home against the Browns, who aren’t even sure who will start at quarterback with the beating they have taken at the position. It won’t matter as Brady and his offence will outscore them regardless. It’s a good thing the Pats have a powerful offence as their defence cannot stop anyone. It won’t matter on this day – New England wins big.
Manning was on a roll last Sunday versus the Chiefs, and there was even an Eric Decker sighting. Now that Decker is alive, who do you try and shut down on the offence? The Titans’ D definitely won’t have an answer for this, unless Manning slips on some ice walking from his car to the stadium and hurts himself. This game will be a Mile High blowout for Denver.
The Vikes are playing better football and travels to cold Baltimore, which is beginning to look like the Super Bowl champs. The Ravens are always tough at home regardless of their record. With the wild-card spot on the line, Baltimore will beat Minnesota.
Don’t mortgage the house picks
New Orleans is happy to be home in their friendly dome after a nightmare experience in Seattle on Monday night. The Saints host Carolina in a big NFC South game, which will go a long way in determining the division winner. The Panthers have one of the best front sevens in football, but their secondary is just average. Drew Brees will expose this Carolina secondary and beat the Panthers in a good football game.
This could be a statement game for the 49ers as they host the Seahawks. San Fran wants to put some doubt in the minds of the Seattle players before the playoffs, and they have this opportunity in the best game of the week. Hard pick here, but The Freak likes how Wilson is playing compared to Kaepernick. Seattle clinches the NFC West title with a big win in a very physical battle.
It should be an air show in Philly as the Eagles host the Lions. Both quarterbacks, Nick Foles and Matt Stafford, like to air it out, but the final result will be determined by which team can run the ball better. The Freak never likes dome teams playing outdoors in December, and it’s no different on Sunday. Take the soaring Eagles.
We all know how great Tony Romo’s record is in November, and we all know how poor his record is in December. The hometown Bears desperately need this game, and the Cowboys need the win as well. Chicago’s run defence has more holes in it than a cheese grater, so the Bears will see a full dose of Demarco Murray on Monday night, which will take the pressure off Romo. The Cowboys rely on this run attack instead of Romo’s arm, and it makes a difference in a win over the hibernating Bears.
How can the Geno Smith-led New York Jets be a three-point favourite at home against the Oakland Raiders?
Must be because of their defence as the offence is just plain bad.
The Freak hates taking West Coast teams that play the early game (1 p.m., EST) on the East Coast, especially in cold weather. Historically, these western teams are well below .500.
However, it’s the Jets. This game will not be pretty, but it’s not like they are getting ready for the Christmas prom. Take the Raiders in an ugly win.
Last week: 7-for-7.
John Turner is a Summerside schoolteacher. His column appears every Saturday during the NFL season. Feel free to e-mail questions and comments to email@example.com.