Originally written on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 7/1/13
The consensus among most NFL pundits and fans is that the Seahawks are playoff — and possibly Super Bowl — contenders. The first step on that journey is winning the NFC West. Here are a few reasons why the Seattle Seahawks will return to the top of the NFC West standings in 2013. Defense, defense, defense For as much notoriety as the San Francisco 49ers defense gets, Seattle's defense is actually higher ranked. Not only did the Seahawks' defense lead the NFC West in fewest yards and points allowed, it also led the entire NFL in both categories. According to NFL.com, the 2012 Seahawks allowed an average of 310 yards per game. The mighty 49ers did not even crack the top 5 in defensive rankings with their 398.7 average yards per game. Seattle's average of 15.3 points allowed edged out #2 San Francisco's average of 17.1 points per game. By leading the league in the top two defensive categories, Seattle's defense is indisputably for real. Looking ahead at 2013, stability is o...
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