Wednesday, August 12, 2015

2015 NFL PREVIEW - Seattle Seahawks

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS                                                 

2014 Record:  12-4-0 (1st in NFC West)

HEAD COACH: Pete Carroll

New Players in 2015 - TE Jimmy Graham; CB Will Blackmon; CB Cary Williams; DL Ahtyba Rubin.

OFFENSIVE RANK in 2014 -  9th in NFL (375.8 ypg)

DEFENSIVE RANK in 2014 - 1st in NFL (267.1 ypg)

Offense:  Quarterback Russell Wilson received a new contract as training camp began and is the unquestioned leader of the offense.
Wilson passed for 3,475 yards last season with 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions. In addition, Wilson rushed for 849 yards (7.2 ypc average) and scored six rushing touchdowns.
The running game is all about Marshawn Lynch, who ran for 1,306 yards (4.7 ypc average) and scored 13 touchdowns while also making 37 receptions for 367 yards and four touchdowns. Robert Turbin  (310 yards, 4.2 ypc) backs him up.
The receivers are Doug Baldwin (66 receptions, 825 yards, three TD) and Jermaine Kearse (38, 537, one TD) while Paul Richardson (29, 271, one TD) and Ricardo Lockette (11, 195, two TD) will provide depth. The tight end is All-Pro Jimmy Graham, who comes over from New Orleans after making 85 receptions for 889 yards and ten touchdowns. Luke Willson (22, 362, three TD) is a solid backup at tight end.
Patrick Lewis plays center on the offensive line. The guards are Alvin Bailey and J.R. Sweezy and the tackles are Russell Okung and Justin Britt.

Defense:  The league's best defense has Michael Bennett (seven QB sacks) and Cliff Avril at the end positions in the 4-3 set while Brandon Mebane and Tony McDaniel are the tackles. Jordan Hill rotates in at tackle and had 5 1/2 QB sacks last season.
The linebackers are newly signed Bobby Wagner in the middle with outside backers K.J. Wright and Bruce Irvin, who had 6 1/2 sacks and two interceptions.  
The secondary is loaded with All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman (four interceptions) and Cary Williams playing the other corner spot. The safeties are Earl Thomas and Cam Chancellor. Providing depth will be Will Blackmon, Jeremy Lane, Dion Bailey, Marcus Burley and DeShawn Shead.

OUTLOOK FOR 2015 - After coming ever so close to a second consecutive Super Bowl title, the Seahawks are chomping at the bit for the 2015 season to atone for the worst play call ever in the history of the Super Bowl.
Head Coach Pete Carroll knows his team and they play a fast and loose style on both ends of the football.
The defense is the best in the NFL, ranking first overall in yardage and scoring defense (for the third straight season) while also ranking third in the league against the run and first against the pass.
Russell leads the offense and is very adept at keeping opposing defenses on their toes with his accurate passing and his legs. Marshawn Lynch is one of the top running backs in pro football and he exudes the confidence as well.
The wide receivers don't get a lot of credit, but they showed they can play their game and balance the offense so defenses can't pack eight men in the box against the running game. Oh, and there is yet another weapon for the Seattle offense in tight end Jimmy Graham, who will draw lots of double coverage, allowing the other receivers to get open.
After surviving Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game, the Seahawks blew the Super Bowl, losing a ten-point lead and then watching the infamous pass play call that was intercepted at the New England one-yard line in the final minute that cost them the Super Bowl title.
Needless to say, Seattle wants to get back to the Super Bowl for the third straight year and win it again.
That may very well happen, but the Seahawks must first take care of business in the NFC West and then most likely would play Green Bay once again in the NFC Championship Game.
Barring injuries to any key players, look for the Seahawks to go 12-4 once again and face the Packers in January.
Another Super Bowl appearance and title is very possible for this team.

Week 1 - at St. Louis Rams
Week 2 - at Green Bay Packers
Week 3 - vs. Chicago Bears
Week 4 - vs. Detroit Lions
Week 5 - at Cincinnati Bengals
Week 6 - vs. Carolina Panthers
Week 7 - at San Francisco 49ers
Week 8 - at Dallas Cowboys
Week 9 - BYE WEEK
Week 10 - vs. Arizona Cardinals
Week 11 - vs. San Francisco 49ers
Week 12 - vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Week 13 - at Minnesota Vikings
Week 14 - at Baltimore Ravens
Week 15 - vs. Cleveland Browns
Week 16 - vs. St. Louis Rams
Week 17 - at Arizona Cardinals

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