Seattle's dominant win in East Rutherford, NJ proved they are still a force to be reckoned with. Here's what national media members had to say about the game:

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“We are who we think we are.”

That’s what cornerback Richard Sherman said of the Seahawks’ defense after Seattle’s resounding 24-7 win over the Giants on Sunday at MetLife Stadium. In case you’re wondering, Sherman thinks the defense is pretty good — and he’s right.

But the defense has rarely been the issue for Seattle this season. Shutting down opposing quarterbacks and stifling running games has become the norm, and it’s kept Seattle in games while the team’s offense has sputtered — as it did again in the first half vs. the Giants.

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But then came a second-half onslaught that saw Seattle drop three touchdowns in short order, and sooth tensions that boiled over on the sidelines. So was this a sign of things to come for an offense that has struggled so far in 2017?

In any case, Seattle’s dominant win in East Rutherford, NJ proved they are still a force to be reckoned with.

Here’s what national media members had to say about the game:

Mark Maske of The Washington Post says the Seahawks look like Super Bowl contenders:

“The Green Bay Packers are without Aaron Rodgers. The Dallas Cowboys could lose Ezekiel Elliott for six games if the NFL secures the right in court — again — to enforce its suspension. The Rams and Philadelphia Eagles have second-year quarterbacks who are perhaps not yet quite ready for the biggest games and the brightest lights…

But the Seahawks have a core of players who went to two Super Bowls. They have marquee players on defense, and they have quarterback Russell Wilson and wide receiver Doug Baldwin to help patch things together on offense.”

Bill Pennington of the New York Times notes the Seahawks are themselves when there’s turmoil:

“With a 4-2 record, Seattle has not played much like a Super Bowl contender, but in this maddeningly inconsistent N.F.L. season where good teams look bad with regularity, who has?

For much of the first half Sunday, Seattle’s offense was inept and bungling. And, of course, that led to a scuffle on the sideline. What would a Seahawks football game be without at least a little chaos on the bench?”

Tim Rohan of Sports Illustrated notes how bad Seattle’s offense can look at times, including this goal-line series:

“If you want evidence of how bad the Seahawks offense can look at times, look no further than this sequence of plays from the end of the first quarter into beginning of the second. The Seahawks ran nine plays from inside the 10-yard line, and came away with zero points.”

Brady Henderson of ESPN looks at the offensive struggles of the first half that led to Baldwin’s outburst:

“Wilson has played well under constant pressure this season, but he’s also been uncharacteristically inaccurate at times, missing some throws that he usually makes. One was a deep ball that he overthrew to Tyler Lockett in Green Bay. He had a similar miss to Baldwin in this game.

Seattle’s offensive line has often been outclassed, to be sure. But the early issues on Sunday weren’t a product of that group getting handled by a superior opponent as much as they were about Seattle’s offense as a whole shooting itself in the foot.”

Peter King of Sports Illustrated wrote in his MMQB column about the Seahawks’ ongoing anthem debate:

“In 14 games played Thursday and Sunday, 11 uniformed players either sat or kneeled during the national anthem as a measure of protest over the U.S. criminal-justice system, community-police relations, and the plight of minorities in this country. Eight of those 11 active players were Seahawks. That makes commissioner Roger Goodell’s road trip Saturday afternoon to see Seattle wide receiver Doug Baldwin all the more interesting.”