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Lucky would be the best adjective for this one


OK, so they won, and that's supposed to be the bottom line.

But did anyone else see the vulnerabilities I saw? How they couldn't stop the run early, couldn't stop the pass late – giving up a 67-yard scoring pass while leading by six with less than 2 minutes left? – and didn't take care of the ball when they needed to?

Yes, the Hawks won. And yes, they are 4-1. And, yes, they are atop the NFC West. But is this the team you expected, especially defensively? With Shaun Alexander out, it's to be expected the running game wouldn't be as good as it was last season. And they did run it better in the second half.

But what about the other side of the ball? There were supposed to be upgrades there, and so far they haven't panned out to the level expected. We'll see.

Enough negative talk. The Seahawks won when Josh Brown powered – and if you watched his kicking motion, he really did power through the ball with his whole body – through a 54-yard field goal as time expired (shown at right; Associated Press photo).

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