By DJ Siddiqi @DJSiddiqi on July 6, 2014
The Seattle Seahawks capped off a fine 13-3 season with the first Lombardi Trophy in the franchise's history. The Seahawks return in 2014 with the same cast that won them the trophy last season. Despite having to face two of the toughest divisions in all of football in the NFC and AFC West, here are five reasons why the 'Hawks will win the NFC West in 2014.
Percy Harvin played just one regular game and two postseason games last season. It was Harvin's first season with the Seahawks after Seattle gave up three draft picks to acquire the dynamic receiver. Despite seeing such limited action due to injuries, Harvin made a huge impact in the few games he did play. In Super Bowl XLVIII, Harvin returned the opening kickoff in the second half for a touchdown.
To demonstrate just how complete of a team the Seahawks are, keep this in mind: Seattle ranked No. 1 in five major categories. Those categories were total defense, pass defense, points allowed, interceptions and turnover differential. There is no better team in the league in terms of defense, forcing turnovers and taking care of the football. That is a recipe for success.
The San Francisco 49ers are the only true threat to the Seahawks' supremacy in the NFC West. As solid as the Arizona Cardinals and the St. Louis Rams are, both teams can't match the talent or personnel level of the Seahawks. With the exception of the Niners, it would be hard to argue that the Seahawks don't have the most talented roster in the entire NFL.
The Seahawks were the fourth-youngest team in history to win a Lombardi Trophy. In fact, they entered the 2013 season with the fourth-youngest team in the entire NFL. With the exception of Marshawn Lynch, all of the key pieces on the Seahawks are extremely young. Richard Sherman is just 26 years old, while both Russell Wilson and Earl Thomas are 25 years old. The 'Hawks have a chance to become the first NFL dynasty in a decade.
The Seahawks return the nucleus that saw them dominate the AFC Champion Denver Broncos, 43-8, in Super Bowl XLVIII. Seattle lost just two key offensive starters and two defensive starters during the offseason. The Super Bowl Champions will return Sherman, Thomas, Lynch, Wilson, Harvin, Kam Chancellor and Super Bowl MVP Malcolm Smith. Are you willing to bet against that young nucleus?
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