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5 Reasons Why the Seattle Seahawks Won’t Win the NFC West in 2014

5 Reasons Why the Seattle Seahawks Won't Win the NFC West in 2014

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It's fair to expect the defending Super Bowl champions to win their division the following year. Especially one that had one of the most dominant Super Bowl performances in recent years. However, I believe there are several factors that could keep the champs from winning the NFC West. Here are my five reasons why the Seahawks won't be able to defend their divisional crown.

5. Super Bowl Hangover

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5. Super Bowl Hangover

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Only one of the last five Super Bowl champions has won their division the following year. The extra wear and tear it takes to win it all can cause effects on the following year. There are also numerous offseason distractions that come with winning the title. The Seahawks will no longer be the upcoming team; they will be the team everyone wants to knock off.

4. Weak Offseason

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4. Weak Offseason

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Seattle didn't add a whole lot of new talent during the offseason. Keeping the same squad together that just won the Super Bowl isn't the worse thing, but it certainly allows others to catch up. One thing you don't want to become in the NFL is complacent. The Seahawks are the team that everyone is coming after and I don't think they did enough to prepare for that.

3. Marshawn Lynch Will Slow Down

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3. Marshawn Lynch Will Slow Down

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Marshawn Lynch has earned every bit of his "Beast Mode" nickname. He never backs down from initiating contact to get the extra yards. The downside is that accelerates the time clock for a running back. Lynch has been such an important part of this offense by taking pressure off of Russell Wilson. He has had over 900 carries the past three seasons. I expect his numbers to take a hit this year which will hurt the Seahawks' offense.

2. Turnover Margin

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2. Turnover Margin

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The Seahawks led the league in turnover margin last season. That's obviously a good thing. It is also something that comes with some luck. The luck factor makes it a difficult stat to repeat year after year. I wouldn't be surprised if Seattle remains in the top 10, but I doubt they will get as many bounces as last season. A few more unlucky bounces this year could be the difference between Seattle being the division champs.

1. The NFC West

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1. The NFC West

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The NFC West is likely the best division in the NFL. There aren't any games within the division that teams can be overly confident about. San Francisco poses the biggest threat to Seattle, but Arizona is dangerous too. The Rams are the weakest link, but their defensive line alone can steal a win. Seattle also has a very difficult non-divisional schedule which makes things even more challenging for them.