SalishHawkFan wrote:Hawks opponents on the road:
St. Louis 3-6-1
San Fran 6-3-1
Yep, no one blew us out, but we should have won more than once against that road schedule if we're truly a playoff caliber football team. OTOH, the AZ and St. Louis losses were Wilson learning the NFL. SF was a great team at home. Detroit was a defensive meltdown.
I think you hit the nail on the head there.
Those early losses to Arizona and St. Louis definitely had a lot to do with Wilson getting over rookie jitters and lacking chemistry with the rest of the offense. SF is a tough out no matter where you play them, and drops hurt the team. The Detroit game featured a Pro Bowl level QB taking advantage of some young LBers, imo. So there are perfectly understandable explanations for why we lost each of those road games - not excuses, mind you, just explanations of why it happened.
Now, with that being said, each of those games WAS very close, and the road play seems to have improved recently. I would agree that if a team is truly playoff-caliber, it tends to win some of those aforementioned games. I would argue that early in the season, our team really wasn't playoff-caliber.
But teams change over the course of a season, too. In 2011, our team started off as an awful team with zero run game. That changed. Similarly, our defense was playing on another level late in 2011 than it did early in the season. Consider this year, too. Denver looked shaky early on, but has gelled and is playing really good ball right now. The Packers did the same thing.
I expect that we'll see similar things from the Seahawks. They are a different team now than they were in Week 1 - especially on offense. And I think that if we played Arizona or St. Louis in their homes right now, we'd beat them, because I do think that now, this team IS playoff-caliber.