NFL 2014 Preview – Seattle Seahawks

It’s been a decade since the NFL had a repeat champion.  Since the Patriots accomplished that feat in 2003 and 2004, no team has really even been close, which indicates the difficulty repeating.  However, this year’s Seattle Seahawks are as well-equipped as any team in recent memory.

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It’s been a decade since the NFL had a repeat champion.  Since the Patriots accomplished that feat in 2003 and 2004, no team has really even been close, which indicates the difficulty repeating.  However, this year’s Seattle Seahawks are as well-equipped as any team in recent memory.

Seattle’s calling card is its defense, which managed to stifle the Denver Broncos, and particularly Peyton Manning, in the Super Bowl.  The defense is headlined by arguably the most talented secondary in league history.  Richard Sherman is the best corner in the game.  And the Seahawks backline is occupied by All-Pro Earl Thomas and Pro Bowler Kam Chancellor.  The capable Byron Maxwell is slotted to start at the other corner.

The Seahawks also boast a terrifying pass rush, led by defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril.  Defensive tackles Brandon Mebane and Tony McDaniel function as the primary run-stoppers.  At linebacker, Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith will start alongside K.J. Wright and Bobby Wagner.

Seattle’s offense isn’t as spectacular as some other offenses around the league, but the unit gets the job done.

That starts with quarterback Russell Wilson, who consistently makes the right play.  Wilson passed for over 3,300 yards with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions.  He also ran for 539 yards and a touchdown.

Running back Marshawn Lynch is also reliable as they come.  Lynch has run for over 1,200 yards and over 10 touchdowns in three straight seasons.  Backup Christine Michael is an electric runner who can help minimize the wear on Lynch.

The receiving corps is strengthened by the presence of a healthy Percy Harvin, one of the league’s most feared players with the ball in his hands.  Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse are also solid contributors, and tight end Zach Miller is a nice security blanket for Wilson.

The team’s offensive line has undergone some changes since last year, but talented left tackle Russell Okung is still around.  Right tackle Justin Britt, guards James Carpenter and J.R. Sweezy and center Max Unger round out the starting unit.

Seattle currently stands at 6-1 to repeat, and is a 15-4 favorite to win the NFC.  The Seahawks are projected to have the sixth toughest schedule (.561 opponents’ win percentage).