The Seattle Seahawks face some easy competition early in 2013, their pre-bye opponents are:
Week 1: at the Carolina Panthers
Week 2: vs. the San Francisco 49ers
Week 3: at the Jacksonville Jaguars
Week 4: at the Houston Texans
Week 5: at the Indianapolis Colts
Week 6: vs. the Tennessee Titans
Week 7: at the Arizona Cardinals
Week 8: at the St. Louis Rams
Week 9: vs. the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Week 10: at the Atlanta Falcons
Week 11: vs. the Minnesota Vikings
Save for what promises to be two hard hitting grudge matches against the 49ers and the Falcons, the Seahawks have a relatively easy schedule at the beginning of 2013. The Vikings, Texans and the Panthers may present some issues, but Seattle’s roster is still capable of defeating the three aforementioned teams.
Judging by the way the Seahawks beat the New England Patriots in 2012, they should be able to beat a Houston squad that will be facing questions going into 2013.
The situation gets difficult for the Seahawks after their Week 12 bye. Where they will be facing:
Week 13: vs. the New Orleans Saints
Week 14: at the 49ers
Week 15: at the New York Giants
Week 16: vs. the Cardinals
Week 17: at the Rams
It will be a difficult three games following the bye—two of which being away—for Seattle. They will be facing three serious playoff contenders. The Saints will want to flex their offensive muscles after being disrespected in 2012. Expect Drew Brees to bring his best performance against Seattle’s vaunted “Legion of Boom”.
The 49ers matchup will be one that, because it’s away, will be difficult to win. Most likely, the Seahawks and the Niners will split the season series one to one- each claiming their respective home game.
Lastly, the Giants are a wild card. If Seattle faces a demoralized Giants team then they will win with little effort. However, if the Giants choose to play their best, then Seattle will be on course for a serious competition.
Seattle is going into 2013 with Super Bowl aspirations. With a relatively easy first portion of the season, they may be able to lock up a playoff spot around their bye in Week 12.