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2014 NFL Playoffs: 5 Reasons Why Seattle Seahawks Don’t Have What it Takes

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Five Reasons Why the Seahawks Won't Win the Super Bowl

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The Seattle Seahawks are many people's favorites to win the NFC and maybe even the Super Bowl this year, but does Pete Carroll's squad have what it takes to bring the Lombardi Trophy to Seattle?

The Seahawks have played great this season thanks to the leadership and skill of second-year quarterback Russell Wilson. In the regular season this year, Wilson threw 26 touchdowns and posted a passer rating of 101.2. He also added 539 rushing yards on 96 attempts at 5.6 per carry which are pretty impressive numbers for a quarterback. Along with his strong play, Wilson provides the Seahawks with clear leadership and someone that they can rally around when the going gets tough. It is these sort of intangibles that are part of what the makes the Seahawks a formidable team.

Along with Wilson in the backfield, running back Marshawn Lynch has been a force for the Seahawks this year, running the ball for 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns. Lynch has also done a fantastic job of not coughing up the ball to defenders this season. He has fumbled the ball four times in 301 carries and managed to lose only one of those fumbles.

The Seahawks would not be where they are without their defense. Despite suspensions and other distractions, the Seahawks' defense is still the best in the league allowing a paltry 273.6 yards per game. The Seahawks D is lead by cornerback Richard Sherman, who makes fantastic plays and constantly electrifies the entire team.

Expectations are high in Seattle this postseason, but do they have what it takes to be Super Bowl Champions?

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5. The Inexperience Of Russell Wilson

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Russell Wilson has emerged as a great quarterback this year. However, this is Wilson's second season in the NFL and he has only played two playoff games in his career. Wilson does have tremendous amounts of poise for a young quarterback, but his lack of playoff experience may cause problems for the Seahawks if they want to make a Super Bowl run.

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4. No 12th Man At The Super Bowl

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The Seattle Seahawks are undefeated this year at home, and this is partly due to their exuberant fans who are known as the "12th man" due to their ability to affect the visiting team. Unfortunately for Seattle, the Super Bowl is held all the way on the other side of the country in New Jersey this year. This means that the Seahawks will be hard-pressed to harness their fans' enthusiasm and energy so far away from home.

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3. Weak Offensive Line

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Many people have been critical of the Seahawks' offensive line this season. Luckily for them, Russell Wilson is an incredibly athletic and effective quarterback so he has been able to hide some of their inconsistencies. However, the line's ineptitude just may be the weak link that brings the Seahawks' downfall this year.

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2. May Have To Play Carolina Panthers

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If the Seahawks and Carolina Panthers both make it to the NFC Championship game, the Seahawks may be in trouble. The Seahawks beat the Panthers 12-7 in Week 1, but Carolina held Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch to only 43 yards on 17 carries. The Panthers have improved drastically since their last meeting, and the Seahawks will have to watch their back because Carolina will be looking for revenge.

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1. Pete Carroll's Playoff Record

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Pete Carroll's track record in the playoffs as an NFL head coach has not been great. While he has taken a team to the playoffs four times, he has never won more than one game in a single postseason and has a postseason winning percentage of only .429.