Can the Seahawks Live Up to the Hype?
By John Agnew
With the 2013 NFL season only a couple short months away, the entire country seems to be gearing up for the most exciting time of the year. There is always disagreement on who will be the best team in the NFL but the Seahawks seem to be at the top of many people’s list. After finishing the season on a high note with plenty of fresh young stars who have proven themselves on both sides of the ball, there seems to be very few reasons why they shouldn’t make it deep into the playoffs.
After an impressive rookie season at quarterback, Russell Wilson’s work ethic and perfectionist attitude provide a comfort at his position that has not been felt since the prime years of Matt Hasselbeck. Marshawn Lynch seems to be indestructible with his aggressive run style and Robert Turbin provides a reliable option at backup. On defense there are just too many players to name all individually; but with the most aggressive secondary in the NFL and a defensive line that has acquired some definite talent, there should be no problem keeping other teams out of the end zone.
With the lack of a first round draft pick, Pete Caroll made some great pickups at the wide receiver position by getting Percy Harvin who had a great year. Added to Sidney Rice and Golden Tate, they create a full set of weapons that should create more than a few problems for other teams this season.
The schedule does not look like it will cause very much concern either. The majority of their opponents look to be average teams that should be taken care of easily. San Francisco should be their most difficult opponent, but they crushed them at the end of last season. Other than that the Houston Texans and Atlanta Falcons look like the only teams that have the potential to take the win.
With all of this said, it would seem that it should be an easy road to the Superbowl. However, teams with pressure coming into the season have never seemed to fare as well as predicted. The other problem that I foresee is the San Francisco 49ers who have controlled the conference for the last few years and will be returning from a Super Bowl appearance. As of now the outlook looks quite bright the Seahawks but the season is long and anything can happen.
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