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The Seahawks were one of the surprise teams from 2012. Seattle finished just a half-game back of the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC West title with an overall record of 11-5, which was good enough to get them into the postseason as one of the two Wild Card teams. Known for their dominance at home, the Seahawks proved they could win on the road when it mattered, knocking off the Washington Redskins 24-14 in the first round of the playoffs. They would go on to suffer a heart-breaking 28-30 defeat at Atlanta the following week.

Seattle really came on strong at the end of last season. After a mediocre 4-4 start, which included a controversial 14-12 win over the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football, the Seahawks would catch fire in the second half. They would win seven of their final eight games and had a three game stretch against Arizona, Buffalo and San Francisco where they outscored the opposition be a staggering 150-30. Another key thing to note from 2012 is that all five of the Seahawks losses came by six-points or less. This is clearly a team headed in the right direction under head coach Pete Carroll.

Last Season
NFC West
Record
ATS Record
Home ATS
Road ATS
Over/Under
2nd
11-5
11-5
7-1
4-4
8-8
Offense Rank
Defense Rank
Turnover Margin
Points For
Points Against
17th
4th
+13
25.8
15.3
2013 Roster Changes
Draft Picks
RB Christine Michael, DT Jordan Hill, WR Chris Harper, NT Jesse Williams, CB Tharold Simon, TE Luke Willson.
Additions
WR Percy Harvin, DE Cliff Avril, DE Michael Bennett, DT Tony McDaniel, CB Antoine Winfield, CB Marcus Trufant.
Losses
QB Matt Flynn, OT Frank Omiyale, DT Alan Branch, DT Jason Jones, OLB Leroy Hill, KR Leon Washington.
Key Numbers for 2013
Draft Grade
Preseason Power Ranking
Strength of Schedule
B-
2nd
3.19
11th
Head Coach Pete Carroll
*Records for regular season only.
Overall
ATS
Home
Home ATS
Road
Road ATS
58-54
52-52-8
38-18
30-22-4
20-36
22-30-4
Off of a Bye
Off of a Bye ATS
Off of a Loss
Off of a Loss ATS
2-5
1-5-1
27-24
24-24-3
Schedule
2013 Seattle Seahawks Schedule
Date Opponent
Spread (Est.)
Win Chance
9/8 @ Panthers
-3.5
0.64
9/15 49ers
-2.5
0.55
9/22 Jaguars
-14
0.92
9/29 @ Texans
-1
0.51
10/6 @ Colts
-4
0.66
10/13 Titans
-11
0.87
10/17 @ Cardinals
-6
0.71
10/28 @ Rams
-4
0.66
11/3 Bucs
-7
0.75
11/10 @ Falcons
PK
0.50
11/17 Vikings
-6
0.71
Week 12 BYE
12/2 Saints
-3
0.64
12/8 @ 49ers
+2.5
0.45
12/15 @ Giants
-1
0.51
12/22 Cardinals
-8.5
0.80
12/29 Rams
-7
0.75
Estimated Wins: 10.63

Last year Seattle was just 3-5 away from CenturyLink Field, which makes for an interesting start to the 2013 season. Five of their first eight games come on the road and not one of them figures to be easy. They kick off the season at Carolina and must play a back-to-back road set against a couple of playoff teams from 2012 in Houston and Indianapolis before closing out the first half with another back-t0-back set at Arizona and St Louis.

If you thought their first five road games were tough, it gets worse. Seattle has to go to Atlanta in Week 10 and towards the end of the season must go to San Francisco, and the very next week they will visit the Giants. What’s surprising is that despite their struggles away from home, Seattle is listed as a favorite in seven of their eight road games in 2013.

Where the Seahawks figure to do most of their damage is at home. Seattle went a perfect 8-0 last year at CenturyLink Field for the first time since 2005. They shouldn’t have any trouble finishing with a strong record at home this season. While they have to host the 49ers in Week 2 and Saints in Week 13, the rest of the home schedule is very manageable. It’s also worth noting that they should have a big edge over New Orleans coming off their bye week.

Odds
Regular Season Win Total
to Win the NFC
to Win Super Bowl XLVIII
10.5
9 to 2
17 to 2
Odds Courtesty of Bovada
Predictions

One of the big reasons the Seahawks were able to emerge as a force in the NFC last year, was the play of rookie quarterback Russell Wilson, who tied a rookie record with 26 touchdown passes. What’s scary is that Seattle really didn’t turnover the offense to him until the middle part of the season.

Wilson figures to put up even stronger numbers during his second year, as the Seahawks went out an traded for versatile wide out Percy Harvin. Adding Harvin into the mix with Sidney Rice and Golden Tate gives Seattle one of the top receiving corps in the NFL. While the passing game looks to be even better, don’t expect the Seahawks to diverge away from the running game. Marshawn Lynch was named to his third Pro Bowl after rushing for a career-high 1,590 yards in 2012.

What makes the Seahawks a legit Super Bowl contender is their defense. They have arguably the best secondary in the NFL. Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman are quite a dynamic duo on the outside at corner and that unit was bolstered with the free agent signing of veteran Antoine Winfield. At safety they have one of the elite playmakers on this side of the ball in free safety Earl Thomas and a big time run-stuffer at strong safety in Kam Chancellor. This unit could get even more opportunities to make plays with the additions of defensive ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett, who will allow Chris Clemons to ease his way back from a torn ACL.

The only real hole on the defensive side of the ball is at outside linebacker, where the Seahawks must replace Leroy Hill. It’s not really sure who will start alongside MLB Bobby Wagner and OLB K.J. Wright. There’s also a clear lack of depth at this position, and if anything were to happen to Wagner or Wright, the entire defense could suffer.

There’s no question that Seattle will be on a mission to win the NFC West and secure home-field throughout the playoffs, but it’s just unfortunate that arguably the best team in the league just so happens to play in their same division. There’s not a lot in terms of talent that separates the Seahawks and 49ers, but I believe the Seahawks have to play the tougher schedule of the two. Regardless of what the odds say, I’m pretty confident that the Seahawks won’t go 7-1 on the road this season. With that said, I fully expect Seattle to make the playoffs, and I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised if they found themselves playing in the Super Bowl.

Projections
NFC West Finish
Division Record
Overall Record
Win Total Prediction
2nd
4-2
11-5
Over 10.5
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