The Seahawks head into their Week 16 game at Dallas facing a situation that’s unfamiliar to almost everyone on the team.
A team that for six seasons has been competitive in almost every game it has played, the Seahawks were blown out against the Rams on Sunday, so that was a new experience for nearly everyone on the roster.
“That blowout loss, it was different, it doesn’t happen like that,” said safety Earl Thomas, who has played five straight games without Kam Chancellor or Richard Sherman.
And as a team that has been to the playoffs for five straight seasons, advancing at least to the divisional round every year, the Seahawks aren’t used to their current situation, which is that they not only have to win their last two games to make the playoffs, but get a little bit of help from other teams as well.
Throw in an unusual amount of injuries to key players on defense, and the Seahawks are heading into their final two game games of the season in uncharted waters. But despite all of this being a bit foreign, the Seahawks confident about how they’ll respond.
“We have never really had to face adversity in the season like this,” receiver Doug Baldwin said. “We’ve had our struggles, we’ve endured some pretty devastating losses before, but I think just the timeframe in which we are in, the situation which we are in, the state of our roster, age-wise, so many different factors play into it. As humans, all of those have implications, so I think it’s a different place for us. We are looking at it as some more adversity, but personally, I look forward to it because I know adversity only introduces you to who you really are, and if we can get through this, then we can really build upon it for the long run.”
And if adversity is going to show who the Seahawks really are, Baldwin is expecting his team to respond well to their current situation, beginning with Sunday’s game at Dallas.
“We’ve been resilient before, we’ve gone through trials and tribulations, we’ve had our issues, but we always seem to find a way,” Baldwin said. “This is just a different test, guys are in different phases in their lives. Before a lot of us were single and didn’t have outside distractions or other priorities, and now a lot of us are married, have kids, so priorities change; you look at the world differently. So these sets of adversities that we’re going through right now, I think guys are just looking at them differently and finding out how to handle it, and again, I think we’ll handle it well.
“Honestly, we just have to be ourselves, and when we do that with discipline and with accountability, we’re really hard to stop.”
When Seahawks coach Pete Carroll was asked Wednesday about how his team was responding to a 42-7 loss to the Rams, he said, “We’re rolling today, we’re out there going and rolling, so they have no choice. We have to bounce back and everyone seems tuned into it and focused on it, and realize that whatever happened last week, we still have to win this week. It’s really the same scenario; every one of these games are must-have games and championship opportunities. That’s how we’re facing it and they seem to realize that too.” Seahawks.com
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