Projected Record: 11-5
NFC West Rank: 2nd
The Seahawks will most likely attain a very similar record this year to last year’s. Last season, they went 4-4 in the first half of the season and went 7-1 during the latter half including winning the last five games of the regular season. This was probably attributed to the maturation process required for QB Russell Wilson. Their offense and defense are both noteworthy, but last year they couldn’t advance past the Divisional Round. The Seahawks won’t be able to pass the Divisional Round again this year only because of a very competitive NFC.
QB Russell Wilson blossomed into a top 15 quarterback during the course of last season and has enough skill and talent to propel him to top 10 QB status in the NFL. His abilities and skill set are very similar to fellow NFC West quarterback Colin Kaepernick. He’s a mobile quarterback who can even throw well when he’s evading defenders on the run. His long ball is pretty accurate for a young quarterback as well. Wilson has much potential and can transform the run first offense in Seattle from a few years ago to a more evenly distributed offense. Of all starting QB’s last season, Wilson threw for the least attempts (393). Starting this year though, the Seahawks should consider giving Wilson more passing plays so that they won’t have to rely and place too much of the offensive burden on their halfback, Marshawn Lynch. Since Wilson’s completion percentage was fairly high (64.1%), this can add a great deal of yards to the offense. His passing game was bolstered by the addition of WR Percy Harvin. Harvin will sit out until November, maybe even longer after he underwent hip surgery. However, Wilson will have him for the end of the season and playoffs. The aforementioned running game had RB Marshawn Lynch as the centerpiece. He had another outstanding season last year when he rushed for 1,590 yards with an average of 5.05 yards per carry. He ranked third in rushing yards behind Adrian Peterson and Alfred Morris and 5th in rushing touchdowns (11).
In addition to the dynamic offense, the Seahawks have one of the best defenses in the league. They allowed just 15.3 points per game last season, which ranked as the best in the league. Their secondary has man to man coverage and is proven to work with a Pro Bowl safety in Earl Thomas and CB Richard Sherman who had intercepted eight passes last season, good enough for a tie at second in the league. They also had allowed only 306.2 total yards per game, which ranked 4th in the NFL. All of these statistics prove that Seattle has a good defensive line that can stop opposing offense’s rushing attacks to go along with a lock-down secondary. They also force a lot of turnovers (27 forced fumbles, 4th in the NFL), which is helpful to any team. Although their sack numbers aren’t particularly impressive, Seattle’s D pressures the quarterback more than most teams, which is a pivotal reason for all of their takeaways.
The Seahawks will prove inferior to the 49ers this season because of a lack of comparable star power. The Niners have talent throughout their depth chart, which is something Seattle can’t say. Although the talent isn’t there, the offense and defense can evidently thrive. They will be a fierce competitor to any team in the league this season and can rank 3rd in the NFC. With San Francisco probably capturing the division title, the Seahawks will likely nab the first Wildcard spot.