Seattle Seahawks: Best, Worst-Case Scenario For 2013

By Randy Drautz
Seattle Seahawks
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The Seattle Seahawks made a huge splash in the NFC in the 2012 NFL season. Would they have done this without stealing a gem in Russell Wilson, the No. 75 overall pick in the 2012 draft? No. Has he already proven to be a top-five quarterback in the league after just one year? Yes. These questions and answers bring me to my best and worst-case scenarios for the team in the 2013 season.

After reviewing their schedule this year, I will first address the worst-case scenario for the Seahawks. If they’re plagued with injuries consisting of players other than their main man Wilson, the 2012 Rookie of the Year, I still see them going 10-6 and making the 2013 playoffs as a wild card team.

Other than some epic matchups with the San Francisco 49ers, the Seahawks should have no trouble disposing of the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams within the NFC West.

Even if someone as important to the offense as Marshawn Lynch were to go down with an injury, their running game would still make an impact with running backs such as rookie Christine Michael out of Texas A&M and Robert Turbin handling the load.

Plus, Wilson can run the football as well, and will have a plethora of targets at the wide receiver position such as Golden Tate and the up-and-coming Jermaine Kearse, who looked spectacular against the Denver Broncos last Saturday night in a 40-10 preseason blowout. In the game, Kearse caught a pass from Wilson for a touchdown as well as returned a kickoff 107 yards to the house.

Let’s not forget that Seattle’s defense from a year ago ranked fourth in the NFL. Yes, the Seahawks have a stout defense and the marvelous Richard Sherman at cornerback anchors their formidable secondary.

After a review of the Seahawks’ worst-case scenario in 2013, which already has a positive outlook, let’s see how their best-case scenario will play out.

If running back Lynch can go beast-mode as he did last season after pounding down some skittles on the sideline, the balance of this team can be extraordinary. Mr. Wilson will be able to run the offense with relative ease either scrambling or staying in the pocket while delivering darts to his fellow mates down the field. And if the defense can match what they accomplished last season, look out.

Again, after reviewing the schedule and taking many things into account, I see the Seahawks’ best-case scenario looking like this. They will finish 13-3 overall and win the NFC West, thus securing them home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

Being able to stay at home for the playoffs in the loudest outdoor stadium in the NFL, CenturyLink Field, the Seahawks look like a team that has a great chance to represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLVIII.

Randy Drautz is a Denver Nuggets writer for  Follow him on Twitter @RDrautz, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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