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2013 Seattle Seahawks Predictions

2013 Seattle Seahawks Predictions
The Seattle Seahawks can’t wait for the regular season. They beat Washington on the road in the playoffs and then fell to Atlanta on the road. Expectations are high for the Seahawks as some have experts feel they could finally make their second Super Bowl. Here is a preview of the Seattle Seahawks from the NFC West.

The offense ranked 17th (351 yards per game) but the passing game (189.4 yards per game) ranked just 27th. Quarterback Russell Wilson was outstanding in his first season, tossing for a rookie record 26 touchdown passes. At barely 5-foot-11, he proved the skeptics wrong including taking his team back from a 20-point deficit in the fourth quarter to put Seattle up with 31 seconds left against Atlanta. The problem is at wide receiver with Harvin out until December and Sidney Rice coming off a knee injury. Seattle still hasn’t had a 1,000-yard receiver since 2007 and hasn’t had a Pro Bowl receiver since Brian Blades in 1989. Golden Tate is coming off a breakout season, while tight end Zach Miller is capable of having a big season. At running back, Marshawn Lynch ran for 1,590 yards and has become a durable player at 27. The offensive line is the strength of the offense. Left tackle Russell Okung has become a Pro Bowler, while center Max Unger may be the best at his position in the game. Seattle just traded guard John Moffitt to Cleveland as J.R. Sweezy has taken over. James Carpenter is a dominant left guard after moving over from tackle.

The Seahawks allowed just 306.2 yards per game (4th) and 203.1 yards per game in the air (6th). They also allowed 15.3 points per game, which was the fewest in the league. The defensive line is led by end Chris Clemeons, who had 11.5 sacks last year. He suffered a torn ACL and meniscus in the playoff game against Washington. They also acquired Cliff Avril from Detroit, a pure speed pass rusher from the outside. If Clemson isn’t ready, young end Bruce Irvin can also rush the passer. The bigger issue is at tackle where the run defense allowed an average of more than five yards per rush over the final 10 games. Brendon Mebane is the team’s best run defender. Alan Branch is gone to the Bills so free agent pickup Tony McDaniel is expected to get the nod at the other tackle spot. The linebackers are anchored by MLB Bobby Wagner, who set a rookie record for tackles with 140. He takes on blocks and showed a lot of poise. WLB K.J. Wright has great range and is a sure tackler. At the weak side, Malcolm Smith and Leroy Hill shared time there last year. The Seahawks have one of the best groups of defensive backs in the league. The “Legion of Boom” is led by lanky Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner. Sherman tied for second in the league with eight interceptions and 24 passes defended. They picked up three-time Pro Bowler Antoine Winfield to help in nickel situations. SS Kam Chancellor provides great run support and free safety Earl Thomas plays very fast.

Special Teams:
Steven Houschka missed just three field goals last year and managed to kick with a strained calf before being placed on the injured reserve. Punter Jon Ryan break the club record for net punting average (40.8) and downed 30 of his 65 punts inside the 20. Harvin would have returned punts but with leon Washington gone, they need to find a return man. Tate and Early Doucet are the best candidates.

The Seahawks could go all the way if Wilson continues to be efficient and find a ways to make plays with his arm and legs. He’s one of the smartest young quarterbacks in the game but could benefit from a real star receiver.

2013 Regular Season Schedule:
Date vs. Last Meeting ATS
09/08/13 @CAR W 16-12 10/07/12 L/U
09/15/13 SF W 42-13 12/23/12 W/O
09/22/13 JAC W 41-0 10/11/09 W/U
09/29/13 @HOU L 7-34 12/13/09 W/U
10/06/13 @IND L 17-34 10/04/09 W/O
10/13/13 TEN L 13-17 01/03/10 W/U
10/17/13 @ARI W 58-0 12/09/12 W/O
10/28/13 @STL W 20-13 12/30/12 L/U
11/03/13 TB L 15-38 12/26/10 W/O
11/10/13 @ATL L 28-30 01/13/13 L/O
11/17/13 MIN W 30-20 11/04/12 W/O
12/02/13 NO W 41-36 01/08/11 W/O
12/08/13 @SF W 42-13 12/23/12 W/O
12/15/13 @NYG W 36-25 10/09/11 L/O
12/22/13 ARI W 58-0 12/09/12 W/O
12/29/13 STL W 20-13 12/30/12 L/U


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