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The Seattle Seahawks showed just how far a franchise can come in a short period of time. After four consecutive losing seasons from 2008-12, the Seahawks rose to the top of the NFL charts in 2013. Seattle finished the regular season with an NFC-best 13-3 record and would go on to win their first Super Bowl with a dominating 43-8 victory of the Denver Broncos.

A lot of credit needs to be given to head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider for the job they have done building the roster to an elite level. One of things that a lot of people don’t realize is that the Seahawks featured the 2nd-youngest roster in NFL history to ever play in the Super Bowl.

The big question is whether or not this team has what it takes to defend their title. It’s a feat that hasn’t been done since the 2004-05 New England Patriots. Not only is hard for the champs to not get complacent, but they go into the season with a huge target on their back. Each and every week they are going to get the best their opponent has to offer and that’s not an easy task to overcome.

Before I give my prediction on where I see Seattle finishing in the standings in 2014, let’s take a closer look at what the Seahawks will send to the field on both sides of the ball.

Last Season
NFC West
Record
ATS Record
Home ATS
Road ATS
Over/Under
1st
13-3
11-5
5-3
6-2
6-10
Offense Rank
Defense Rank
Turnover Margin
Points For
Points Against
18th
1st
+20
26.1
14.4
2014 Roster Changes
Draft Picks
WR Paul Richardson, OT Justin Britt, DE Cassius Marsh, WR Kevin Norwood, LB Kevin Pierre-Louis
Additions
DT Kevin Williams, CB A.J. Jefferson, CB Philip Adams
Losses
WR Golden Tate, OT Breno Giacomini, DE Red Bryant, DE Chris Clemons, DT Clinton McDonald, CB Brandon Browner, CB Walter Thurmond
2014 Preview
2014 Seattle Seahawks Schedule
Date Opponent
Spread (Est.)
Win Chance
9/4 Packers
-5.5
0.69
9/14 @ Chargers
-4
0.66
9/21 Broncos
-3.5
0.64
Week 4 BYE
-
-
10/6 @ Redskins
-6
0.71
10/12 Cowboys
-10.5
0.86
10/19 @ Rams
-6
0.71
10/26 @ Panthers
-1.5
0.53
11/2 Raiders
-14.5
0.95
11/9 Giants
-10
0.84
11/16 @ Chiefs
-2.5
0.55
11/23 Cardinals
-10.5
0.86
11/27 @ 49ers
+2.5
0.45
12/7 @ Eagles
-2.5
0.55
12/14 49ers
-3.5
0.64
12/21 @ Cardinals
-3.5
0.64
12/28 Rams
-10
0.84
Estimated Wins: 11.12

Starting quarterback Russell Wilson may not put up the numbers of the elite quarterbacks in the NFL, but he’s certainly proven that he’s a winner. Since taking over as the starter as a rookie in 2012, Wilson has guided the Seahawks to an impressive 24-8 record during the regular season. What you have to like about Wilson is the fact that he plays with a chip on his shoulder after being told he was too small to be an effective quarterback in the NFL.

Wilson ended up throwing for 3,357 yards and 26 touchdowns, but the stat the most important stat of them all is his 9 interceptions. With one of the best defenses in the league and a great running game, it’s crucial that Wilson makes smart decisions and doesn’t turn the football over.

While Seattle ranked just 26th in the league in passing at 202.0 ypg and lost their leading receiver in Golden Tate to free agency, there’s reason to believe that they will feature a more potent passing attack in 2014. That’s because they will have the services of electric wide out Percy Harvin, who played in just one regular season game last year. The Seahawks also added a couple of talented rookies in Paul Richardson and Kevin Norwood, plus they get back the services of wide outs Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse, along with talented tight end Zach Miller.

It’s no secret that the heart and soul of Seattle’s offense was running back Marshawn Lynch, who carried it 301 times for 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns. There is some concern with Lynch suffering a decline after the workload he’s been put through over the last few seasons, but the Seahawks are high on backup Christine Michael being able to step in and eat up some of the carries to keep Lynch fresh.

The only real question mark on this side of the ball is the offensive line, which lost starting right tackle Breno Giacomini. However, the unit wasn’t exactly a strength last year. Starting left tackle Russell Okung played in just 8 games and was less than 100% the majority of the time he was on the field. The same can be said for starting center Max Unger, who despite playing 13 games was rarely at full strength. Not to mention Giacomini missed 7 games. With a healthy Okung and Unger at the two most important positions, this unit should be better in 2014. Whether or not it reaches it full potential will come down to the play of starting guards James Carpenter and J.R. Sweezy.

Due to salary cap constraints and the need to pay some of their other more prominent players, Seattle suffered some casualties on the defensive line. Most notably the losses of defensive ends Chris Clemons and Red Bryant along with key backup defensive tackle Clinton McDonald. However, the unit doesn’t figure to take a huge step back, if any at all. They have two capable starters at defensive end in Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, two solid defensive tackles in Tony McDaniel and Brandon Mebane, plus they added in veteran defensive tackle Kevin Williams. They also are excited about the potential of reserves Greg Scruggs and Benson Mayowa, along with rookies Cassius Marsh and Jimmy Staten.

As for the linebacker corps, Seattle gets back all their key pieces from last year. What a lot of people forget is that Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith isn’t even considered a starer when the unit is at full strength. Bruce Irvin and K.J. Wright are the starters on the outside, while underrated middle linebacker Billy Wagner continues to be overlooked.

A lot of the players who have just been mentioned along the front seven don’t get the respect they deserve, largely due to the fact that so much attention is given to the Seahawks’ secondary. You don’t have to watch this group long to understand why, as they rightly deserve their self described title of the Legion of Boom. Seattle has one of the elite corners in the game in Richard Sherman, but you could make a strong case that he’s not even the best defensive back on the team. That honor likely goes to free safety Earl Thomas. You also can’t overlook the play of strong safety Kam Chancellor. These are the three stars of the unit, but you have to give a lot of props to the job that backup corner Byron Maxwell did after both Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond were lost to suspensions. Maxwell’s play made it easy on the Seahawks to let both Browner and Thurmond walk in free agency.

Odds
Regular Season Win Total
to Win the NFC
to Win Super Bowl XLVIX
11
13 to 4
21 to 4
Odds Courtesty of Bovada
Predictions

If not for the simple fact that it’s extremely hard to repeat in the NFL, I would have likely picked the Seahawks to win the NFC West for a second consecutive season. The task of repeating becomes even more of a challenge when you consider how strong the entire NFC is, plus the fact that Seattle plays in the toughest division in football. For that reason alone, I am expecting the Seahawks to take a minor step back in 2014.

With that said, this is still one of the most talented teams in the league and it wouldn’t come as surprise at all if they proved me and several other experts wrong and won it all again. In order to do so, Seattle will likely need to win the division and secure homefield in the playoffs. While they have become a much better road team, they are a completely different team at home than on the road.

I have Seattle finishing the year at 11-5, which will have them 1-game back of the 49ers for top spot in the NFC West. It should be enough to get them back into the playoffs as one of the two Wild Card representatives, but I don’t see them being able to win 3 straight on the road against the elite of the NFC, which is why I don’t believe they will be hoisting the Lombardi Trophy for a second straight year.

Projections
NFC West Finish
Division Record
Overall Record
Win Total Prediction
2nd
4-2
11-5
PUSH 11
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