The Seattle Seahawks are a trendy pick to win the Super Bowl this year, and for good reason. The Seahawks have one of the best defenses in the league and have one of the last true home field advantages in the NFL. Throw in an offense led by dynamic playmaker Russell Wilson at quarterback, and you have the recipe for a champion.
But, they also have a really tough schedule. So, let’s take a look at who they play and see how they will finish.
First, let’s start with the division games. The NFC West, the worst division in football just a few years ago, has suddenly become one of the best. The San Francisco 49ers represented the NFC in the Super Bowl last year, the St. Louis Rams have been on the verge of breaking out for years and the Arizona Cardinals reloaded this offseason with new quarterback Carson Palmer.
That division slate is a tough one. The Seahawks are too good at home, so I’ll give them three wins there, but the road games will be a different story. If they go 1-2 on the road in the division, we start our record prediction with a 4-2 division record.
The Seahawks also play all the teams in the NFC South, another of the league’s most competitive divisions. They play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the New Orleans Saints at home. They‘ll beat the Bucs, but the Saints are going to be one of the best teams in the league this year, and that could be the only home loss the Seahawks suffer this season.
They also go on the road against the Atlanta Falcons and the Carolina Panthers. The Panthers should be a relatively easy win, but the Falcons are tough at home. Give them a 2-2 record against the NFC South and we’re at 6-4.
The rest of their schedule consists of playing the Jacksonville Jaguars, Tennessee Titans and Minnesota Vikings at home and the Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts and New York Giants on the road. I’ll give them the three home games as none of those teams should be playoff contenders this year, but the road games are a tough slate.
The Texans are also very good at home,so that’s a loss. The Colts and the Giants will be toss-ups, so let’s say they split those. That gives the Seahawks a final record of 10-6 — not what the Seattle faithful are hoping for this year.
Seattle will again be the best team at home this year, but they have one of the toughest road schedules. That means they will have a hard time getting to the 12 or 13 wins some are predicting.
A 10-6 record will be a good one with such a tough schedule, and should at least have them in contention for a playoff spot in 2013.