OK, so it’s a given that Bill Simmons of ESPN.com was going to pick the New England Patriots and his lock for the winner of the 2008 Super Bowl. The guy’s from Boston, after all. And frankly, I for one actually agree with this pick: it’s hard to argue against a team that just picked up Randy Moss and Adalius Thomas, while still retaining Coach Belichek and top-tier quarterback Tom Brady. So it makes sense.
What, are you serious? The Seattle Seahawks? I’m a Seahawks fan, and I don’t think they’ll make it into the Super Bowl.
Granted, they’re a good team. People tend to forget that the team managed to take the Bears into overtime last season and came awfully close to getting back into the NFC Conference Championships. (And given how New Orleans played against Chicago, I’d wager to say Seattle would have won that and gone on to the Super Bowl.) The team does have one of the best balances of offense, defense, and special teams in the NFL. And now that Deion Branch is in the #1 Receiver spot (who was nigh impressive in the games I watched him play), it gives Matt Hasselback the receiver he needs.
But I can’t ignore that the ‘Hawks sent our best receiver, Darrell Jackson, to the hated 49ers. I mean, right there in the same division. The same 49ers that put the hurt on the ‘Hawks in two games last year. San Fran is underrated; they have a decent QB and an excellent running back in Frank Gore. And with Leinart helming Arizona and the Rams always on the cusp of breaking out again, the NFC West is not going to be the cakewalk it used to be.
Still … the vote of confidence was nice. But totally unbelievable.