The Seattle Seahawks enter their 2012 campaign with a mixed bag of expectations, depending of course on who you speak to, or which experts like their chances, and which ones do not.
With one of the more difficult schedules (11thNFL, 7th NFC), Seattle absolutely will have their hands full this year. They have no “circled wins”, no cupcake games to get their confidence up and get them feeling ready for the bigger games. They will all be big games.
Five of their opponents will be playoff teams from a year ago, including last year’s NFC juggernauts Green Bay (15-1), and San Francisco (13-3). Their division will be much tougher, as the Rams are not decimated by injury, has rebuilt their offense with tools for Sam Bradford, and Arizona may have one of the more lethal passing defenses as well as a good but not great rushing attack with a 1-2 punch of Beanie Wells and Ryan Williams, assuming largely of course that either can stay healthy.
Their in-conference opponents will be Dallas, Caroli...