Sometimes, when I’m at a loss for words, I like to quote Clark W. Griswold. After watching the Seahawks drop yet ANOTHER road game on Sunday, and hearing about the performance-enhancing drug allegations against Cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner, all I could think is – “if this isn’t the biggest bag-over-the-head, punch-in-the-face I ever got”.
The matchup between the Miami Dolphins and the Seattle Seahawks, on paper, should have gone to Seattle. Coming off their bye week, Seattle was well rested and riding high from their win over the NY Jets. Miami, on the other hand, had a struggling offense and had lost three in a row. However, just like Mr. Griswold, the Seahawks seem to get in trouble every time they hit the road. Seattle’s usual standout, RB Marshawn Lynch, was held to only 48 yards rushing, a fourth quarter interception by Bobby Wagner was taken back due to a penalty against Earl Thomas, and in the last seconds, the Dolphins put the laces out and kicked a game-winning field goal. The final score? Miami 24, Seattle 21.
It’s not this individual game that has Seattle fans so frustrated. It’s the fact that although the Seahawks are undefeated at home, they have lost five out of six games on the road this season. We can come up with a million different reasons why Seattle lost each of these games individually….too much rest, too little rest, injuries, lack of focus, etc. However, the fact is that Seattle can’t seem to pull it together when they play out of town, and they are losing to teams they should be beating. Even if they can still get a playoff spot, it will be a moot point if they can only win at home.
If the loss to Miami wasn’t discouraging enough, it was announced by ESPN on Sunday that Seattle’s starting Cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner are facing four-game suspensions for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing drug policy. They both reportedly tested positive for Adderall, and are appealing their suspensions.
As bad as all of this sounds, Seattle fans did have a couple things to smile about over the weekend. First, Leon Washington’s kickoff return for a touchdown in Sunday’s game was the 8th of his career, tying an NFL record. Also, during the 3rd quarter, the sprinklers came on, dousing both teams and officials until someone was able to switch them off. Perhaps Cousin Eddie is in charge of Sun Life Stadium’s irrigation system?