Prediction: 1st in division (13-3 overall)
Strengths: The 12th man. The Seahawks are just brutal to play at home. Defense gave up just over 11 points per game last season at home. They didn’t lose a game at home either. Oh and Marshawn Lynch is a beast. Russell Wilson is a stud. And Pete Carroll just loves winning.
Causes for concern: Not too many causes for concern for Seattle except for maybe the receiving core. Percy Harvin has no timetable for his return. But Golden Tate and Sidney Rice can still carry the load until he comes back. Wilson should avoid sophomore slump but may be a concern.
X-Factor: Russell Wilson. If he can pick up right where he left off last year, he will have this offense running circles around opposing defenses. Seattle’s defense is tough, the crowd will always be a big factor at home, but if Wilson performs well I like this team to take the whole NFC.
San Francisco 49ers
Prediction: 2nd in division (11-5 overall)
Strengths: Defense. The bes...