The Seattle Seahawks come into the season favored over teams like the Falcons and Packers, and while I am not biting in their tempting future NFL odds value this off-season, I am very bullish on their dynamic and potent offense. Let’s look at what year two of the Russell Wilson era might look like heading in to training camp.
If anyone said to you at this time last year that the Seahawks would be one of the NFC's best teams in 2012, they would have looked crazy. The fact of the matter is that no one saw what brilliant season the Seahawks were about to unfold in 2012. Russell Wilson, the 75th overall pick threw for over 3100 yards and 26 touchdowns, while only throwing 10 interceptions, and rushing for another four touchdowns. While he didn’t necessarily dominate, he managed the game, and took over when he had to.
Marshawn Lynch’s Pro Bowl performance helped a little as well. He had almost 1600 yards rushing and 11 touchdowns. He also played in all 16 games in 2012. A repeat performance from Lynch combined with some growth in Wilson could result in a Super Bowl run, but there are some deep concerns I have.
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The biggest ‘if’ as I see it Is Wilson. Almost every young quarterback that had a breakout rookie year struggle some in their sophomore season. Even though I think Wilson may be immune to some of that because of how good the team is around him, it doesn’t change the fact that the other teams around them are just as good, if not better than Seattle. Can Wilson lead his very young team to a Super Bowl ahead of much more experienced teams like the 49ers, Falcons, Packers, Giants, ect? It is the only thing standing in the way of me liking the Seahawks in a NFL future odds bet. They haven’t had a great offseason with the exception of the draft and the trade for Percy Harvin, so will they be able to stay healthy and compete through the entire season?
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While my questions run deep, my concerns for them outside of Wilson’s 2nd year performance is more for their defense. If the panic meter runs between 1-10, I am only around a 4 or 5 level of concern with Wilson. However the trade for Harvin was masterful for this team. It filled their biggest missing piece of a #1 receiver, and a versatile one at that.
Harvin can line up on both sides of the field, and with Golden Tate and Sidney Rice alongside of him, this passing game is going to another level this season. As long as Lynch stays healthy entering his 8th NFL season, the Hawks look like a deadly team. I’m not sold on their postseason dreams, but for the regular season, I am adding the Seahawks carefully to my NFL picks. They were outstanding ATS last season, so that may make them slightly overvalued heading into the season.
My Grade: A
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