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Make the Case: Seattle is the Best Team in the NFL
There is no arguing that Seattle has an elite defense in the NFL. As of recently, dominant defenses, have become a trend of recent dominant teams and Super Bowl Champions. Look at Minnesota right now (the only undefeated team left), the Denver Broncos (past Super Bowl Champions) and other recent Super Bowl Champions, Baltimore, and Seattle. What do all these teams have in common? They have elite defenses with nonelite Quarterbacks. The last 3 out of 4 champions did not have elite Quarterbacks at the time they won. Today, Seattle still has an elite defense with Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, and Earl Thomas. These guys are able to dominate with skill and with their fierce competitive attitude setting the tone for the rest of the team and defense. Therefore, with an elite defense that has been in place for years, they finally have an elite Quarterback, Russell Wilson, at the helm. He has improved drastically over the past few years and has the weapons around him to be very successful with Baldwin, Lockett, and Jimmy Graham. There was also skepticism in the running game with the retiring of Marshawn Lynch, but they have seemed to find the answer with Christine Michael. In the end, it is tough to find another team around the league with a running game in place, an elite QB and a top 5 defense in the NFL. They also have an elite coach in Peter Carroll and are a team that knows how to win (which can not be underestimated when it comes to evaluating a team). This being said it is hard to say there is a better team than the Seattle Seahawks.
Thursday Night Football Competition
The competitiveness of Thursday Night games needs to be looked at. I do not believe they should get rid of them and the NFL would never want to because of the profit of an extra prime time game. However, very few of the games have been close this year. I do not know if they have paid very close attention to it, but they should always look to minimize travel (I think they do this by playing teams in their own division) and strategically place byes before these Thursday Night Games or add an extra bye to the season to always have one before a Thursday Night Game.
NFL Schedule Change That They Should Think About
They should add one game to the season, making it 17 games long. That 17th game should be played against an NFC opponent who finished in the same place as you did in your own division. However, that 17th game should be played at neutral site whether it be London, Toronto, Mexico City, Vegas or wherever. This will provide an immense amount of revenue because it will add an international or an out of market game for every NFL team. They should also add a bye to make it so every team has two and put one of the two byes after the team plays its international or out of market neutral site game. To make room for the two added weeks they should shorten the pre-season to two games. This deal would provide an immense amount of revenue for NFL owners and get rid of the two preseason games that most players do not like anyways, and give the players one more bye to help stay healthier.
Suh and Burfict Behavior?
Ndamukong Suh should be suspended for his stomping of Ben Roethlisberger. He is always putting himself in these situations. At this point, it is no accident and he should be punished harshly and accordingly. This kind of action should not be tolerated at all by the NFL. The situation is very similar to Vontaze Burfict and he should be given the same treatment as Suh.
New England Unbeatable?
The only team that could challenge New England at the moment would be the Pittsburgh Steelers in the AFC. When the Steelers are healthy they have the best trio in the NFL with Brown, Bell and Big Ben. The trio can outscore any offense and would have the best shot of any AFC team to outscore Brady. However, the injury to Ben Roethlisberger is obviously worrisome right now and the question around his health makes me want to say that there is not a team who could beat New England at the moment.
Ryan is currently a student at the University of North Carolina. He grew up in the Bay Area and has had Raiders season tickets his entire life fostering his love for the NFL. He has founded his own sports website, thejrreport.com and works at the Sports Desk for the Daily Tar Heel. You can follow Ryan on twitter @rytime98 if you want to discuss anything sports.