LAST WEEK STRAIGHT UP: 12-4
LAST WEEK vs. SPREAD: 9-7
SEASON STRAIGHT UP: 125-67
SEASON vs. SPREAD: 106-86
You never want to jump the gun on something being a turning point, because there's a built-in acute risk of wish-casting that comes with it. But Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin's decision to kick a field goal late in the fourth quarter last week, down 32-27, instead of going for it on fourth down, which the 'hawks followed on their next possession with an eighty-yard touchdown pass from Russell Wilson to Doug Baldwin, may be the turning point of Seattle's 2015 season....
I'm not suggesting a blowout is in the offing - we don't seem to be capable of blowouts anymore - but the ride to 11-5, the #5 seed, and, perhaps, perchance the old Wild Card route to another Super Bowl should be off and, well, running.
- Me, a week ago
Too bad for the woebegone Baltimore Ravens and their replacement quarterback, the king of the pick-six, Matt Schaub, who first became king of the pick-six against....us, two years ago, when Richard Sherman's interception for a touchdown fueled what at the time was the biggest comeback in Seahawks history, sent us on to Super Bowl XLVIII, and sent Schaub and the Houston Texans straight to hell. [UPDATE: Shaub is hurt, and Jimmy Clausen is his replacement, whom we shut out when he started for the Bears back in Week 3. Hint, hint.]
Also too bad for the rest of the NFC, as nobody is going to want to have to face us in the playoffs, but three short-straw-drawers will, to their messy doom. Or, as a Bears fan put it on Reddit a week ago, "The Seahawks are coming - RUN FOR YOUR LIVES!!!!!!!!!!!"
Straight up picks indicated by asterisk (*); picks against the spread in parentheses (x). And no, don't bet the farm on these picks; they're just for my amusement and your aggravation. Or vice versa. We'll see how it turns out, now, won't we?
Green Bay* (-7)
Kansas City* (-10)
San Francisco* (+1)
N.Y. Jets* (-7)
N.Y. Giants* (+0)