Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 5/15/13
Feel that? Oh yea, it's that time of year.Even though we're getting closer to the inevitable "dead period" that comes during every NFL offseason, now is the time when everyone puts the hype machine into overdrive.What new rookies will make the biggest impact? What free agents were overpaid? How long will they last with their new team?All of these assessments come into play as we wait for training camps to begin.In this article I will predict the wins and losses for the Seahawks' 2013 campaign.  If you have read any of my prior works, you may know what to expect.Seattle had a great run in 2012. Russell Wilson and Co. are the talk of the league right now and many expect them to make another run this year.But will it happen? Let's dive in and find out.Week 1: (0-0) at Carolina PanthersThis game was nothing but defense as both teams battled in Carolina last year. The Seahawks escaped with their first road win, 16-12. However, it came down to stopping a Carolina fourth-and-goal from the one to seal the deal.Russell Wilson threw 2 INTs and the Hawks were held to 98 yards on the ground - and that was without All-Pro linebacker Jon Beason.Seattle sacked Cam Newton four times and held him to a measly 182 total yards. I expect the same defensive output from both teams this season.The return of Jon Beason and Ryan Kalil will help tremendously. Look for Carolina to run the ball against Seattle's front seven.I think Carolina wins their home opener by pressuring Wilson and shutting down the run again. I give Carolina the edge due to Seattle's struggles on the road.Carolina 17, Seattle 9Week 2: (0-1) San Francisco 49ersIt's only Week 2 and the Hawks will be facing one of their toughest opponents all season long. San Francisco will be looking for revenge after getting waxed at Century Link last year. Both teams could enter this game 0-1 and desperately seeking their first win.Neither team has an edge when it comes to rest, it's only the second week of the season. I expect this game to be closer than the last.Both teams will come out swinging in what will again be another defensive contest for Seattle. Big-time additions such as Anquan Boldin and Percy Harvin will both make their share of plays, but the Clink prevails and shows why it's the best home-field advantage in the NFL.Seattle 17, San Francisco 10Week 3: (1-1) Jacksonville JaguarsAfter a tough two weeks to start the season, Seattle gets a second straight home game against their former defensive coordinator, Gus Bradley.Bradley was hired as Jacksonville's head coach during the offseason and is expected to turn things around. However, that won't come so easily against his former team.Jacksonville will be without top receiving threat Justin Blackmon and no one is sure how MJD will recover from his injuries last year. So basically if Jacksonville has any chance, it may come down to Blaine Gabbert's arm.Seattle gets Jacksonville after the Jags have to travel to Oakland in Week 2, back to Jacksonville and then back to Seattle for Week 3.  Expect the Seahawks to dominate this game and leave Bradley wondering if he should have ever left.Seattle 31, Jacksonville 3Week 4: (2-1) at Houston Texans  Going up against two playoff teams in your first four weeks is not an easy task. It will be even harder if the Texans come out hot like they did last year.Seattle's struggles on the road were well documented last season. Their only road wins came against the Bills, Panthers and Bears. Not a very impressive list.The Texans notched 24 sacks and 13 total turnovers at home last year. Seattle gave up 15 sacks and 10 turnovers on the road.I expect J.J. Watt and Arian Foster to have big games, with Matt Schaub having an efficient, but not spectacular performance.Russell Wilson will have a decent game, but expect nothing out of Marshawn Lynch (See AP vs. Texans last year).Texans win and send Seattle back to .500Texans 22, Seahawks 17Week 5: (2-2) at Indianapolis Colts Coming off a tough loss, Seattle hits the road again to take on Andrew Luck in year two.Unfortunately for Luck, he gets Seattle's best on defense in this game.Following a mediocre performance to the season, the Hawks' D rattles the sophomore QB and forces him into a plethora of mistakes.Still with no real running game, the Colts struggle to stop Bruce Irvin and Cliff Avril as they each notch at least one sack in this game.The intense pressure forces Luck to throw multiple INTs. Seattle had six picks in four games against AFC opponents last season.Wilson and the offense feeds off the defensive performance and rolls to an easy win. Seattle gets their first road win of the season.Seahawks 27, Colts 10Week 6: (3-2) Tennessee Titans It seems like only yesterday these two teams were playing in the preseason. Both Jake Locker and Russell Wilson looked primed and ready to have great seasons.Flash forward one year later. Wilson is the talk of the NFL and Locker is the talk of.... well he's Jake Locker.The Titans made some big moves in the offseason and while they are talented, I don't see them beating Seattle at home.The new-look Titans' offensive line will create space for CJ2K, but expect Locker to struggle with the different blitz schemes that Seattle will throw at him.Russell Wilson and Percy Harvin will have their first big game together as they take advantage of a Titans team that played poorly against the pass last year, especially against slot receivers.Seattle chalks up another home victory.Seattle 32, Tennessee 20Week 7: (4-2) at  Arizona CardinalsThis will be a tough game for the Hawks just like last season's Week 1 matchup.Arizona walked away with a 20-16 victory in week one on last-ditch effort by Kevin Kolb and Co. This year will be no different.Arizona added Carson Palmer and while he's no sure bet, he's better than Kolb, Skelton and Lindley combined. Plus Arizona had a pretty stellar draft and if some of those rookies pan out as expected, this team could surprise a lot of people.I think Arizona musters enough offense to steal another one in the desert. They will be at full force on defense with Daryl Washington three weeks removed from a four-game suspension.Arizona 19, Seattle 13Week 8: (4-3) at  St. Louis RamsFrom here on out is when it gets very, very hard for the Seahawks. The Hawks go on the road for the fifth time in four weeks and four the second straight week in the division. The Rams will be looking to snatch another victory at home this season.The Rams split the series with Seattle 1-1 last season and has improved vastly since. The addition of Jared Cook will take a lot of the heat off of losing Danny Amendola.Don't forget they also drafted Tavon Austin and Stedman Bailey, two playmakers who played together at West Virginia. They also nabbed the best linebacker, in my opinion, with Alec Ogletree in the first.Marshawn Lynch ran for over 100 yards in the first game, but Russell Wilson threw three picks. I expect another defensive output from St. Louis again.Watch out for running back Daryl Richardson of St. Louis. He is one reason why the Rams were ready to let Steven Jackson go via free agency. St. Louis wins in a convincing fashion, taking advantage of a tired Seattle team.St. Louis 27, Seattle 14Week 9: (4-4) Tampa Bay BuccaneersSeattle returns home for Week 9, looking to get over .500 for the season.It won't be that easy facing a red-hot Bucs team coming off of four of their last five weeks at home.This game will be a hard-fought offensive battle where the last team holding the ball wins. I expect both QBs to have efficient games and the running lanes to be opened as well.Seattle holds on for a close victory.Seattle 33, Tampa Bay 28Week 10: (5-4)  at Atlanta FalconsA rematch of the NFC divisional classic in 2012 seems only fair at this point of the season, right?Seattle travels to Atlanta to take on a much-improved Falcons team who is looking to put Seattle out of the postseason for the second straight year.  It took an incredible second-half comeback for the Seahawks to make it a game, but I think this time Seattle gets blown out of the water.Atlanta brought in a lot of talent on the defensive side of the ball and even though Steven Jackson is older, he knows the Seattle defense and has a great change of pace backup in Jacquizz Rodgers.Atlanta 35, Seattle 20Week 11: (5-5) Minnesota VikingsWeek 11 pits Seattle against league MVP Adrian Peterson. The Vikings will be coming off a home game, while Seattle flies back from Atlanta for this matchup.I expect Seattle to pull one out here, but not by much. The Vikings will lean on Peterson, but will not get much production elsewhere.Percy Harvin will have a big game as expected and will be a key factor in the victory.Seattle 20, Minnesota 17Week 12: (6-5) Bye WeekWeek 13: (6-5) New Orleans SaintsThis game could go either way. With Brees and Sean Payton at the helm, anything is possible.This marks the first time the Saints are back in Seattle since Marshawn Lynch ran through the Saints easier than a drunk sorority girl. After the bye, one would think that this is Seattle's in the bag.However, I think Brees has a huge game and the Saints pull this one out in the middle of the playoff race.The Clink just isn't enough to save Seattle in this one.New Orleans 28, Seattle 20Week 14: (6-6) at  San Francisco 49ersAfter two straight weeks at home, Seattle looks to sweep their division rival for the first time since 2007.However, that will not happen as Kaepernick and the Niners play very well and remind Seattle who the best team in the West is. Kaep gets things going on offense and the Niners defense shuts down Seattle's ground game. San Fran proves to be too much for Seattle and routs the Hawks.San Francisco 38, Seattle 10Week 15:  (6-7) at New York GiantsThe Hawks travel to New York after a trip to San Fran. They get the Giants after two straight road games against San Diego and Washington.I think the Hawks take advantage of the great, but inconsistent Eli Manning. Add the fact that the Giants are horrible every year in the December and I think that Seattle pulls out the upset in the Meadowlands.Lynch has a great game, so does Wilson as the Hawks look like they did in 2012 for the first time all season.Seattle 41, New York 20Week 16: (7-7)  Arizona CardinalsThe Hawks, in a fight for that last wild-card spot, will pull off the win here.  They get the Cardinals in Seattle after Arizona has been on the road for two of the last three weeks.Throw in the fact that Seattle is fighting for their playoff lives at home, this one goes easily to Seattle.  Look for Lynch and the Seattle defense to have a big game at home.Seattle 24, Arizona 7Week 17: (8-7)  St. Louis RamsSeattle closes out the season with their last two games at home, but it'll be no cakewalk. Seattle finishes with two division games that could determine whether or not they make the playoffs.After a tough loss to St. Louis earlier in the year, Seattle takes control of this game as they attempt to make a late playoff push.  The defense shuts down the Rams and Wilson finally has a good game against the Rams, but it's not enough to make the postseason this year.Seattle 24, St. Louis 9 Final Record: 9-7, 3rd in NFC WestOverall, the Seahawks have a disappointing year based only on high expectations for the season. I think that they are a very good team, but sometimes you have to take a step back to move forward. I believe that will be the case this year for Seattle, but look for them to take off after 2013 and be a major factor in the NFC for years to come.
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