When the Minnesota Vikings traded Percy Harvin to the Seattle Seahawks this offseason, two things happened. First off, the Vikings lost one of the best offensive players in the game today. Second, the Seahawks became a Super Bowl caliber team.
I’ve been a Minnesota fan my entire life, and I’ve had the pleasure of watching Harvin for a few years now. There’s no doubting how fast he is, how explosive he is, but what many overlook is just what a guy like him can do for an offense.
Every time Harvin touches the ball he has the potential to score. It doesn’t matter what the down and distance are, what the play call is, give him the ball and he can score in an instant. He’s that explosive.
Harvin flashed his receiving ability with 87 receptions for nearly 1,000 yards and six touchdowns in 2011. He’ll mesh with Russell Wilson’s superb mobility and become the young quarterback’s favorite target in the passing game. On the other side of things, Harvin also showed his ability to run the ball in 2011, with 52 carries for 345 yards, or 6.6 yards per attempt. His speed and agility in the backfield will compliment Marshawn Lynch’s powerful running style perfectly.
Altogether, in adding Harvin to their roster, Seattle has made their offense into a three-headed monster. And with a young and growing defense on the other side of the ball, the Seahawks have set themselves up perfectly to build on their breakout 2012. If they do, I can see them challenging the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC West title, then making a deep run into the playoffs riding the shoulders of Lynch, Harvin and Wilson.
It’s too early to say for certain, but the two best teams in the NFC this upcoming year could both come from the West.
Either way, it’ll be fun to watch.