Schedule: @ATL, NE, DAL, @MIA, MIN, BYE, @ARI, SF, @BUF, @LAR, ARI, @PHI, NYG, NYJ, @WAS, LAR, @SF
Additions: S Jamal Adams (Trade), CB Quinton Dunbar (Trade), OL Brandon Shell (FA), TE Greg Olsen (FA), EDGE Bruce Irvin (FA), EDGE Benson Mayowa (FA), RB Carlos Hyde (FA), LB Jordyn Brooks (Draft),
EDGE Darrell Taylor (Draft), OL Damien Lewis (Draft)
Losses: EDGE Jadeveon Clowney (FA), DL Quinton Jefferson (FA), OL George Fant (FA), DL Al Woods (FA), OL D.J. Fluker (FA), OL Germain Ifedi (FA), S Tedric Thompson (FA), EDGE Darrell Taylor (Injury), RB Rashaad Penny (Injury)
If anything’s certain in the NFL, it’s the Seahawks are going to win at least nine games. That’s happened every year of the Russell Wilson-Pete Carroll era, and shouldn’t end any time soon. Honestly, the real minimum might be the 11 Seattle posted last year. Considering that total was amid a myriad of injuries, they should have no problem surpassing it.
Patrick Mahomes may be the face of the NFL, but Wilson is the next best thing. Number 3 keeps this team competitive in every game, and more often that not, he’s able to lead them to victory behind some late-game heroics. For most quarterbacks, you’d worry about how they’d fare behind such a spotty offensive line. Not for Wilson, though. He’s had terrible lines for years, yet that’s never stopped him. Even with Seattle once again rolling out an awful group, it shouldn’t hurt them too much during the regular season. Once January hits, it could be their kryptonite, though.
Like Wilson, Chris Carson hasn’t let the poor o-line play hold him back. If not for minor fumbling and injury issues, he’d be recognized as one of the top backs in the league. With Carlos Hyde backing him up, the Seahawks are safe in the event their starter misses a couple games again. Once 2018 first-rounder Rashaad Penny returns, this will be one of the best rotations in the league.
Led by Tyler Lockett, the receiving corps is up there as well. By year’s end, D.K. Metcalf might overtake Lockett as Wilson’s top target. That says more about how great Metcalf could be than anything negative about the veteran. Regardless of the pecking order, that’s a great wideout duo to have. Plus, Josh Gordon is poised to join them at some point this season. He’s still solid, albeit unrecognizable from his Cleveland peak. With the addition of Greg Olsen, Seattle has no shortage of dependable options at tight end, too.
Even more than the offensive line, the defense has been the Seahawks’ downfall in recent years. But after a productive offseason, this could be the best group since the Legion of Boom days. Or, at least the best secondary, with Jamal Adams and Quinton Dunbar coming aboard. Dunbar’s legal situation leaves his availability a little questionable, though. Without him, Seattle will run back the same duo of Shaquill Griffin and Tre Flowers that gets carved up every year. At least Adams and Quandre Diggs will help cover for them on the back end. Even if the former Jet gets a little bored on his new team, he’s poised to experience the postseason for the first time in his career.
Jadeveon Clowney may be gone, but this year’s pass rush should improve significantly. After posting only 28 sacks last year, they almost have to. Bruce Irvin’s return will help. As will the addition of Benson Mayowa (7 sacks last year with the Raiders). Jarran Reed and Poona Ford are a solid interior duo as well. Paired with the elite linebackers, this is a stout front seven.
So long as they have Wilson and Carroll, Seattle is always going to be dangerous. Those two are good enough to get the team to the playoffs, but the rest of the roster usually lets them down once they get there. This year, it could be different. After making some major defensive upgrades, the Seahawks are as scary as anyone in the wide open NFC. Realistically, they’ll have to win their division to go all the way. Having to win every game on the road would be almost impossible. Luckily, San Francisco has the tougher schedule, so the NFC West champions could once again reside in the Pacific Northwest.
Another thing in their favor, San Francisco’s schedule is tougher, so that could hand them the NFC West
Easier schedule than SF could give them the division
AFC NFC East + Falcons and Vikings
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