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Seattle Seahawks 2012 NFL Season Preview, Predictions

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Seattle Seahawks
2011 record: 7-9 (Third in NFC West)

Fearless Forecast

  • Bucky Brooks

    Pete Carroll’s decision at quarterback could make or break the Seahawks’ chances at the postseason. Whereas Matt Flynn is a steady player at the position, Wilson’s athleticism and burst adds another dimension to the offense, making it nearly impossible to defend.
    Prediction: 9-7, second in NFC West

  • Daniel Jeremiah

    If the passing game can come around, this team becomes a legitimate threat to the 49ers in the NFC West. The defense is physical up front and boasts four pro bowl caliber players in the secondary.
    Prediction: 9-7, second in NFC West

  • Adam Schein

    I really like Russell Wilson. And Seattle won tough games last year. But this team added too many drama queens.
    Prediction: 7-9, third in NFC West

  • Steve Wyche

    This defense isn't as good as the Niners, but it's not far behind. There's just not enough offense to break through to the postseason.
    Prediction: 8-8, second in NFC West

In The Spotlight
Marshawn Lynch | #24 | RB

Lynch hasn’t garnered headlines as one of the top runners in the NFL, but he is the key to the Seahawks offense. He amassed six 100-yard games in the team’s final nine contests in 2011 and needs to duplicate that kind of effort to keep the Seahawks in playoff contention this fall.

3 Pivotal Games
Week 2 vs. Cowboys
This early season battle against the Cowboys will give Pete Carroll a good assessment of where his squad stands among the NFC contenders.
Week 6 vs. Patriots
This game has special meaning for Carroll considering his short tenure in New England. He will be fired up to stick it to the Patriots, while also seeing if his team has what it takes to become a legitimate Super Bowl contender.
Week 16 vs. 49ers
The NFC West crown could come down to this contest against the 49ers in front of Seattle's famed "12th Man." The Seahawks enjoy a significant advantage at home and Carroll’s frosty relationship with Jim Harbaugh could have the crowd worked into a frenzy by game time.



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