Seattle Seahawks: We Are Who We Thought We Were

Brad HinkleContributor IDecember 18, 2011

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 12:  Pete Carroll head coach of the Seattle Seahawks on the sideline before the game against the St. Louis Rams at CenturyLink Field December 12, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. Seattle won 30-12. (Photo by Jay Drowns/Getty Images)
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The title needs no explanation. In a very odd week where the Chiefs had the Packers stopping at a red light, or jersey I should say, in a week where Indianapolis beat a legitimate playoff contender in Tennessee and in a week where the Giants still couldn't seem to get things right against Washington, one very expected outcome occurred.

Sure no one outside the Pacific Northwest gives the Seahawks much credit, even if the love is on the rise nationally, but there were still plenty of people who saw us as slim favorites or even underdogs in this Chicago matchup. I was on the fence because I never know how this team will play at 10AM, but it seems like Pete Carroll knows how to get his team ready.

Tavaris Jackson and a ball hawking defensive secondary took over the game. Jackson moved the ball well late in the game, Brandon Browner, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas all got interceptions, but on Chicago's first offensive possession of the second half in a freshly tied game (due to Marshawn Lynch's second rushing touchdown of the game following a beautiful play call that got us deep with Ben Obomanu) "Clifford" (Big Red Bryant) took advantage of pressure off the edge and picked off a Caleb Hanie pass, and rumbled into the end zone for a Touchdown. V

ince Wilfork can't say that now can he?

We all remember the infamous "They Are Who We Thought They Were" podium meltdown by Cardinals' coach Dennis Green way back when right? Well this is the Seahawks' realization of that very same thing, by crushing the Bears in Chicago, sitting pretty at 7-7 no team can overlook them going forward, Seattle has established itself as a force in football again, if only for the end of this season.

And with the way this wacky week has played out, there is still very much a pulse as far as Seahawk playoff aspirations are concerned.

The win may have come over a depleted Bears unit, but Seattle showed something I hadn't seen since 2005, a true killer instinct. The lead wasn't enough, they buried Chicago and proved they could move the ball even if a team did everything in its power to slow down Marshawn Lynch. Next week Seattle gets a San Francisco team that looks like it may be cooling off (at CenturyLink) and a hot Arizona team in the last week of the season.

Not out of the woods yet, but anything is possible as long as Detroit continues to struggle.

To all optimistic Seattle fans out there, read the title and you'll know it's true, even non-believers will have a hard time disputing it. Under Pete Carroll, Seattle football has arrived again. We are who we thought we were.