Sunday's loss to the Los Angeles Rams was one of the worst in recent memory for the Seattle Seahawks. The Seahawks were down 34-0 at the half--its largest halftime deficit since 2010--and ended with a 42-7 thumping at the hands of the Rams. Granted, Seattle was missing corner Richard Sherman and safety Kam Chancellor for the season. However, this does raise concerns about Seattle's future as the NFC West leader going forward.
Defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson is a free agent after the season and Sherman, Earl Thomas, and Cliff Avril will hit the market come 2019. Bobby Wagner and Russell Wilson will be free agents a year after. They've invested good money into players like Wagner, Sherman, and Thomas in hopes of establishing a tough defense. However, the "Legion of Boom" won't be getting younger anytime soon.
As for the division itself, the Seahawks should be wary of the competition. They probably won't have to worry about the Arizona Cardinals anytime soon. However, their biggest rival in the division is those same Rams. Armed with a three-headed offensive attack in Jared Goff, Robert Woods (or Cooper Kupp), and Todd Gurley II, the Rams are headed in the right direction after head coach Jeff Fisher looked clueless on the sidelines for Los Angeles. The Rams aren't the only problem Seattle has to worry about; the San Francisco 49ers have won three straight under their new quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and seem to have found their quarterback of the future. This means that they'll probably pass up on Kirk Cousins in the future if he hits the market in the offseason and will spend their money on their various needs, like addressing the offensive line and adding skill players.
All of the given circumstances raise one question: Is the Seattle Seahawks' run as a legitimate NFC/Super Bowl contender done? Not necessarily. But there are some things that need to be addressed. One of them is the offensive line, which has been a pain for Seattle to work with for a while. Russell Wilson has been sacked 30 times this season and that's not including Sunday's game (Wilson was sacked seven times in the loss). Speaking of Russell Wilson, that should be another thing the Seahawks should consider in the future, which is locking him up for a few more years. Wilson has proven himself to be an MVP candidate in spite of adverse conditions. Seeing how Garoppolo has suddenly helped the 49ers turn their fortunes around, Wilson does the same thing already for the Seahawks. Without him, the Seahawks are already eliminated from playoff contention by Week Ten.
The Seahawks have plenty of questions that'll need to be addressed in the near future. In the meantime, they'll have to win out and hope for some luck to even make the postseason as a wild card.
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