Normally, a 23-20 defeat in overtime to a division rival isn't the ideal way to finish a season.
But the 2011 Seattle Seahawks had already reached their definition of "ideal" before stepping on the plane bound for the desert.
Despite finishing with the same 7-9 record as last year, the team accomplished milestones that nobody saw coming this year. I'd even go so far as to say the 2011 version of the Seahawks would destroy the 2010 version in ways that would make them deathly afraid to ever leave the house again.
And apparently, I'm not the only one who thinks so.
Clare Farnsworth says the Seahawks this year made progressions that are more important than what the record shows.
Last season, their nine losses came by an average of 21 points; this season it was by an average of 9.8 points.
Last year, the Seahawks lost games by 34 (to the Giants), 30 (to the Raiders) and 23 (to the Buccaneers) points. This year, their most lopsided losses were to the Steelers (24-0) and Beng...