Entering Week 5 of the NFL season there were 13 teams below .500. The two-time defending NFC champion Seattle Seahawks could join that list after Sunday.
The Seahawks are three-point road underdogs against Cincinnati.
Noted handicapper Steve Fezzik, the only person to win the prestigious SuperContest in Las Vegas two years in a row, isn’t worried about Seattle. He has the Seahawks as the third-best team on his NFL power rankings behind only New England and Green Bay.
The Seahawks may be No. 3 – but in their own division they sit behind Arizona and emerging St. Louis with a now healthy Todd Gurley.
Probably the most accurate assessment lies somewhere in the middle.
Seahawks Offense Hasn’t Been Good
But this can be stated without debate: Seattle’s defense is outstanding again with the return of holdout safety Kam Chancellor. The Seahawks offense, however, isn’t very good.
Seattle ranks 20th in scoring and that number is aided by three non-offensive touchdowns.
Marshawn Lynch is going to miss his second consecutive game because of a hamstring injury. Seattle’s wide receivers aren’t anything special and tight end Jimmy Graham hasn’t come close to having the impact he did when he was with New Orleans.
The biggest problem the Seahawks have, though, is an inexperienced offensive line that has little upside given that most of the players were late-round draft picks, or free agents.
Russell Wilson has been sacked a league-high 18 times. The Seahawks’ offensive line has the worst sack percentage in the NFL. Just imagine how bad it would be if Wilson wasn’t perhaps the most mobile quarterback in the NFL.
SEAHAWKS GOING BY REPUTATION AND LUCK
Seattle lost to the Rams when Gurley was out. The Seahawks lost by double-digits to the Packers. They only were leading Chicago by six points at halftime at home with the Bears playing Jimmy Clausen at quarterback. Then this past Monday, the Seahawks lucked out by an official not knowing a rule to hold off winless Detroit at home.
Maybe the Seahawks step up and knock off unbeaten Cincinnati. But right now the Seahawks are going by reputation and luck. If they don’t step up, they could finish third in the NFC West.