The Seattle Seahawks were just one yard away from winning the super bowl last year. Everyone knows that they decided to go away from Marshawn Lynch on the one yard and consequently threw a costly interception on a remarkable defensive play by the Patriots. Seattle comes back motivated and reloaded for another shot at making it to back to the super bowl. They will have to earn a trip back as the Seattle Seahawks schedule does not have very many easy games on it. They kick off the season with a game against St. Louis before they head to Lambeau Field for a rematch of last year’s playoff game against the Packers. The Packers will be looking for revenge and Seattle will likely have to play a bit better this time around to secure the victory.
Stopping Aaron Rodgers is always a tall task but Seattle might have even more trouble due to some question marks on defense going into the season. The health of defensive backs Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas are still up in the air and it is unknown if they will be ready to go early in the season. If not, this week two matchup will be particularly challenging. Following that game, the Seahawks have a handful of tough but winnable games before a challenging back to back against Dallas and Arizona. The Dallas matchup is intriguing because the Cowboys love to run the football and as great as the Seattle defense is, they are actually better suited to play the passing game.
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The good news for the Seahawks is that they got better on offense this year and may be able to keep up in the scoring column with Dallas, thanks to the addition of Jimmy Graham. Graham gives quarterback Russell Wilson the biggest and best target he has had in his young career. The game against Arizona will be a battle of two great defenses, but the Seahawks should have an edge offensively. The second matchup between Seattle and Arizona is the last week of the season and it could potentially have some ramifications towards playoff positioning. Seattle should be in prime position to win another division title this year. While the Seattle Seahawks schedule is relatively challenging, they are the cream of the crop in their division.
San Francisco will likely take a step back this season and although St. Louis looks to be better on paper, they still have some work to do to reach the upper echelon. The battle will likely come down to Seattle and Arizona and Seattle has the edge at quarterback and offense as a whole. Seattle is still a super bowl contender and will have a good shot at returning for the third year in a row.
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