Week Seven did not go as planned for the Seattle Seahawks. The reigning Super Bowl champions fell to a second defeat in as many weeks as the St. Louis Rams held on to win out 28-26 in Missouri, and Pete Carroll's team now sit on a uninspiring 3-3 record.
It is quite the fall from grace for the men who were busy destroying the Denver Broncos on Super Bowl XLVII back in February.
But rather than blaming themselves as some may have expected, one of their ranks at least has worked out just what has caused this turn around in fortunes. Legion of Boom member Earl Thomas III pointed the finger of blame at the officials in the aftermath of the Seahawks' loss in St. Louis.
"At least give us a shot...I'm not surprised with the referees this season. If you really look at some plays, we're playing more than our opponents. We're playing the referees too," Thomas said via the Seattle Times.
Us against the world
Thomas opted to look past his team's three-quarters of offensive impotence and the Legion of Boom's inability to dominate the Rams' offense, instead focussing in on one specific play which he believes the officials got wrong.
Rams running back Tre Mason appeared to have fumbled on a late run which could have handed the ball back to Seattle with a chance to win the game. The officials however deemed the Rams to have recovered the ball - both at the time and after looking at numerous replays.
Thomas was far from convinced however.
"It's kind of crazy how football is turning out now. You give a guy, just because he wears a white and black shirt, he has authority of the game. Man, they need to stay out of it - that's my key - and let us dominate."
Earl Thomas' rant at those in black and white might sound like sour grapes just now, but with the current World Champions having already lost as many games in 2014 as they did in the entirety of the 2013 season it is perhaps the perfect tactic.
The Seahawks are coming under heavy fire from onlookers heading into Week Eight. An 'us vs the world' attitude could actually work for Carroll and his roster. Sometimes players play better when they feel they are being unjustly treated.
The Carolina Panthers, Seattle's opponents next week, will have to be prepared for some sort of back lash that is for sure. And judging by Thomas' reaction, so should next Sunday's officials.