After incorrectly picking the Seattle Seahawks to win the NFC West last season it only seems like the natural evolution to project the step, given how strong they came on late and how Russell Wilson proved he is right up there with lauded rookie QB kings Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III. Give me Pete Carroll‘s Seahawks to claim the Super Bowl title come Feb. 14, a whole 10 year after Carroll’s USC squad finished No. 1 in the AP poll.
At USC, Carroll coached current Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer and developed a heated rivalry current San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh. His Seahawks fell to the St. Louis Rams in Week 1 last year and took a real fight to down them in their late-season rematch. There’s plenty of familiarity and quality in the NFC West, which is why 12-4 is as high as I can go for Seattle’s regular-season mark.
Weathered by a brutal schedule, if Wilson can lead Seattle to home postseason games and Percy Harvin nears 100 percent by January, I’m feeling very good about this pick.
Equally important, the ‘Hawks boast an excellent combo of strengths for postseason football with a bruising run attack and elite secondary. The backfield has only gotten deeper behind Marshawn Lynch with the additions of Christine Michael and Robert Turbin through the past two draft, and this will prove critical after 16 games are already in the books.
As the NFL pass game’s importance continues to magnify the Seahawks’ a secondary gives them the edge for me, over other top Super Bowl contenders like the San Francisco 49ers, Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos. They each boast good units but Seattle’s is the very best, with Richard Sherman overtaking Darrelle Revis‘ throne as best cornerback in football.
Last season’s heart-breaking divisional-round loss will serve them well down the stretch. Seattle receives my official Super Bowl title pick.
Predicted Regular Season Record: 12-4 (1st in NFC West)
Predicted Finish: Super Bowl champions