Arizona Cardinals And The NFC West Predictions

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Aug 15, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) throws the ball during the first half against the San Diego Chargers at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Seahawks

I start with the Seahawks as a mark of respect to the defending Super Bowl champions. Pete Carroll has brought back most of players from last season but they have also lost a little depth at their defensive line, which was one of their biggest strengths last season. The Legion of Boom of course are hugely talented, and Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman. Both Thomas and Sherman played their way to the big bucks. Sherman has become a household name and will be featured on the cover of Madden 15. With thatt being said, Sherman will have to overcome the “Madden curse.”

On offense Russell Wilson will be entering his 3rd season and will continue to get better. However, there have been off the field issues with runningback Marshawn Lynch. Lynch made it clear during training camp that he wanted a contract extension and sat of camp for a few days. After Seattle management resisted and failed to give Lynch what he wanted, he reluctantly returned to practice causing many to think this will be his last season in Seattle. The big question for the Seahawks offense is the health of Percy Harvin, When Harvin is healthy he has big playability to use his speed and quickness, however, Harvin has struggled with injuries throughout his career and it is more a matter of when he will get hurt, not if.

This is a vastly talented team, that very well coached with a fanatical home support, but  being the defending Super Bowl champions is a different challenge. The Seahawks have a target on their backs and it is a known fact that it is harder to repeat than win the first title. As long as the Seahawks stay focused, they will be a tough team to beat in the coming season.