After a heartbreaking Super Bowl loss last season and a Super Bowl win in 2013, the Seattle Seahawks are determined to get back to the big game this season and hoist the Lombardi Trophy once again. The Seahawks roster is reloaded for another Super Bowl run, and with serious questions among the rest of the NFC West there isn’t a clear cut team who could keep them from winning another division title.
The San Francisco 49ers had been the Seahawks biggest division rival, but after an offseason of free agent and retirement defections to go along with a new coaching staff, they seem like a franchise in disarray. Even if they are better than expected, the 49ers are too undermanned this year to be a legitimate threat to Seattle. The Arizona Cardinals have been a very good football team the past two years, but they are relying on a veteran QB in Carson Palmer, who not only is on the downside of his career, but will now be returning from an ACL injury. The Cardinals have a tough defense, but they lost their defensive coordinator this offseason so it wouldn’t be surprising to see them take a step back. The St. Louis Rams have the defensive talent to be a threat in the NFC West, but they are still dealing with questions at QB, along the offensive line and at wide receiver. While they tried to make improvements in those areas this offseason it remains to be seen if it will be enough to knock off the Seahawks.
Seattle didn’t go through the offseason unscathed as they lost some key players like C Max Unger and CB Byron Maxwell, but they kept their core intact which was the most important thing. In addition to returning their offensive and more importantly their defensive stars, the Seahawks made one major addition in superstar TE Jimmy Graham from the New Orleans Saints. Graham gives the Seahawks a mismatch nightmare and by far the best receiving weapon that Russell Wilson has had in his young career. While the trade for him cost the Seahawks Unger and their 1st round pick, his impact in tipping the scales in Seattle’s favor could be huge. Already Seattle was a tough offense to stop with Marshawn Lynch at running back and Wilson at QB, now you’ve added a third key piece and defenses are going to have their work cut out for them.
Fans of the Seahawks around the country should feel pretty confident in seeing a win when they use ClickitTicket to find seats to watch their favorite team. The Seahawks once again look to be in line for 11 or more wins and it wouldn’t be surprising to see them get a bye and possibly home field advantage in the playoffs.