Will Holders Of Seattle Seahawks Tickets Help Cure The Super Bowl Hangover

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There’s never been a better time to hold Seattle Seahawks tickets, as the team has finally broken through with a championship run and appears to be built upon a stable foundation that will keep the team in contention for years to come. Their stars have gas left in their tanks, they are well-coached and the city loves its team.

However, it appears that the Seahawks, like their Super Bowl XL counterparts, the Pittsburgh Steelers, are suffering from the seemingly all-too-common Super Bowl hangover. The Seahawks are hovering near mediocrity, holding a 5-3 record at the midway point of the 2006 season. Although that’s good enough to remain in contention for the postseason, more was expected from the team that many think should have won the Super Bowl but for a few unlucky bounces and questionable calls. Will the Seahawks shake off the effects of last season’s near miss? A few factors detailed below will help determine their fate.

Injuries

The NFL is a league defined by playmakers. There is no set, mathematical equation for defining what a playmaker is, but many feel that a true playmaker is one who can put a team on his back and carry it to victory. These players need to be accounted for at all times, and many defensive game plans center on containing these players.

The Seahawks have what many consider to be three playmakers on offense: Matt Hasslebeck, Shaun Alexander and Walter Jones. Two of them, Hasslebeck and Alexander, are currently out with injuries, and no team in today’s NFL can adequately overcome the loss of this many playmakers on one side of the ball and continue to dominate opponents. The Seahawks have decent backups in Seneca Wallace and Maurice Morris, but let’s be honest – neither is in the class of the regular starters, or else they would be starting.

Schedule

Seattle Seahawks tickets should allow fans to see two forthcoming wins at home in the coming weeks against the Rams and Packers, and fans will also get to see one of the two truly difficult games remaining on the Seahawks’ schedule – a tilt against the San Diego Chargers. The only other tough game that remains in the season’s second half is a trip to Denver.

Otherwise, there’s no reason to think that the Seahawks can’t go at least 6-2 down the stretch, almost regardless of when their playmakers return from injury. Qwest Field is also one of the most difficult environments in the NFL for visiting teams, and the three remaining road games besides Denver are at Arizona, at Tampa Bay and at San Francisco, three teams that are struggling big-time. Basically, the schedule sets up well for Seattle down the stretch.

Competition

The Seahawks also have the benefit of playing in what is perhaps the worst division in football, as the mediocre Rams are currently in second place with a 4-4 record, and even that record is a bit of a mirage, as the Rams haven’t played a very strong schedule themselves. Although the 49ers are improving, they’re still at least a year or two away from being a real threat, and the Arizona Cardinals have been simply awful. A 10-6 record should be enough to win this weakling division, and the Seahawks should be able to accomplish that “feat.”



Alexander and Hasslebeck are expected to return over the next couple of weeks, and the Seahawks are a different team with them in the lineup. The Seahawks are well-coached, so a total letdown is unlikely. Their schedule is favorable, their division is weak and there is no clear-cut dominant team in the NFC. Therefore, Seattle Seahawks tickets should still provide fans with a chance to see a Super Bowl contender in 2006.

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