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Defending division champs still face big questions at QB

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Seattle Seahawks
2010 record: 7-9 (First in NFC West)

Fearless Forecast

  • Jason La Canfora

    They won a division, but a six-win season would only be one fewer than a year ago, and this is still a team early in a rebuild.
    Prediction: 6-10, third in NFC West

  • Steve Wyche

    The division champs nabbed wide receiver Sidney Rice, who's a heck of a player to line up opposite Mike Williams, but who is going to be throwing them the ball. Tarvaris Jackson and Charlie Whitehurst aren't the answers and that's going to put too much pressure on the defense.
    Prediction: 4-12, fourth in NFC West

  • Pat Kirwan

    Quarterback is a big question mark and for the short term things aren't as good as they were last year with Matt Hasselbeck.
    Prediction: 6-10, third in NFC West

  • Bucky Brooks

    The Seahawks' offense features an intriguing cast of playmakers-Sidney Rice, Mike Williams, Zach Miller and Marshawn Lynch-with the versatility and explosiveness to thrive, but Tarvaris Jackson has to perform well to make it happen.
    Prediction: 9-7, first in NFC West

  • Elliot Harrison

    First-to-worst seems as likely as repeating as NFC West champs. This division race will likely come down to Week 16 and Week 17. Tarvaris Jackson has not looked good, and the Zach Miller and Sidney Rice acquisitions mean little if the Passion of the 'Hurst doesn't come through.
    Prediction: 6-10, fourth in NFC West

On the hot seat

Zach Miller | #86 | TE

Miller has quietly posted three straight 50-plus catch seasons and developed into one of the better route runners at the position. With Sidney Rice and Mike Williams on the outside commanding the defense's attention, Miller could be a difference maker in Seahawks' aerial attack.

3 Pivotal Games
Week 3 vs. Cardinals
Both teams will be led by new starting quarterbacks in this matchup. Whoever performs better between Kevin Kolb and Tarvaris Jackson will likely have an advantage. The Seahawks outscored the Cardinals 58-28 in sweeping the two meetings last season, which helped Seattle capture the NFC West crown.
Week 7 at Browns
You might remember there used to be a mustachioed man named Mike Holmgren who coached the Seahawks for 10 years, even leading them to a Super Bowl XL appearance. Well, he decided to leave the organization and now runs the show in Cleveland as team president, which is what makes this matchup intriguing.
Week 14 vs. Rams
The Seahawks hosted the Rams in prime time in Week 17 last season with the NFC West title on the line. The hope is that this late-season "Monday Night Football" game in Seattle has similar stakes. Obviously, the Seahawks will be happy with the same result.



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