All week long, I've heard Skip Bayless rip the Seahawks on "Cold Pizza." Today, on Page 2, he explains why Seattle is a joke and would soil the sanctity of the Super Bowl if it reaches the big game.
Well, on behalf of Seahawks fans everywhere, here's my retort:
• Seattle has played 17 football games that counted this season. Of those 17, the Seahawks won 14. They lost one in overtime after a field goal hit the upright at the end of regulation (Oct. 2 at Washington), one when they pulled Matt Hasselbeck, Shaun Alexander and most of the starters at halftime (meaningless season finale at Green Bay), and one when they fell apart in the final minutes of a close game (season opener at Jacksonville).
• The Seahawks scored the most points in the NFL (452) and outscored their opponents by 181 points, which trails only Indianapolis (202) for widest margin of victory in the NFL. Those teams had by far the widest scoring margins.
• Yes, Seattle did play what is statistically the league's fourth-easiest schedule with an opponents' winning percentage of .457 (better only than Eagles at .453, the Cardinals at .449 and the Rams at .445). But the Seahawks dominated their schedule like no NFL team outside of Indy.
• Skip continues to pick apart the Seahawks' wins over Dallas and the Giants. Remember, however, Skip, that the Dallas game was tied and headed for overtime when Drew Bledsoe threw that pick, and Seattle had just seized the momentum with a TD in the final minute. The Giants' victory came because of inept kicking -- but so did Seattle's loss at Washington, so isn't that a wash?
• As Bill Parcells is fond of saying, "You are what you're record says you are." Seattle has won 14 of the 16 games it "tried" to win this year. That's not too shabby.
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