10 Reasons Why Seattle Seahawks Fans Should Be Excited For 2014 Season

10 Reasons Why Seattle Seahawks Fans Should Be Excited For 2014 Season

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Coming off of the most successful season in Seattle Seahawks franchise history, there are a number of reasons fans should remain excited. After all, management in Seattle has done a tremendous job of maintaining a competitive atmosphere and keeping the shelves stocked with young, eager talent. With that being said, here are the top 10 reasons to be excited this season as a member of the 12th Man.

10. Seahawks Are Defending Super Bowl Champs For 1st Time Ever

Russell Wilson
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10. Seahawks Are Defending Super Bowl Champs For 1st Time Ever

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Just five short months ago, the Seattle Seahawks won their first ever Super Bowl in dominant fashion, defeating the Denver Broncos by a ridiculous score of 43-8. However, their shiny new rings come with an added responsibility. Every week, Seattle's opponents know they have to take on the Champs. That means Seattle will get the absolute best from each team they face this year. This should make for some great games.

9. The "Fail Mary" Rematch Is The NFL Regular Season Opener

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9. The "Fail Mary" Rematch Is The NFL Regular Season Opener

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The last time the Green Bay Packers faced the Seahawks in Seattle, it became one of the most heavily scrutinized games in NFL history. The game ended on a Hail Mary from Seahawks QB Russell Wilson, which was somehow caught simultaneously by both Golden Tate and Packers DB M.D. Jennings. The NFL's Replacement Officials ruled the play a TD, giving Seattle the win 14-12 on Monday Night Football. Let's hope this Prime-Time rematch is just as good!

8. Seattle Has An Exciting 2014 Rookie Class

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8. Seattle Has An Exciting 2014 Rookie Class

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Despite trading out of the 1st-round entirely this year, Seattle once again managed to come away with an abundance of fresh talent to develop. From 2nd-round WR Paul Richardson to 4th-round LB Kevin Pierre-Louis and beyond, the Seahawks certainly came away with some intriguing options. Even their undrafted rookie pool adds value to the roster, with players like LB Brock Coyle and OLB/DE Jackson Jeffcoat bringing experience and potential.

7. Quality "Red Shirt" Talent Returning

Korey Toomer
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7. Quality "Red Shirt" Talent Returning

Korey Toomer
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The NFL has seen a recent trend of players essentially having a "red shirt" year to start their career, and the Seahawks are no exception. Along with their potentially dynamic rookie class, Seattle also has several 2nd and 3rd year players returning from injury to compete this year. Amongst those returning are LB Korey Toomer, DT Jordan Hill, DT Jesse Williams, CB Tharold Simon and DL Greg Scruggs, each of which could have an impact in 2014.

6. Russell Wilson vs. RGIII Rematch On Prime-Time

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6. Russell Wilson vs. RGIII Rematch On Prime-Time

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In Week 5, the Seahawks will travel to FedEx Field to take on the Washington Redskins. The last time these two teams met, QB RGIII and DE Chris Clemons were carried off the field with torn knee ligaments. Seattle went on to win the hard-fought playoff game, while the Redskins entered a state of limbo over RGIII's knee. Now that Griffin's healthy, a Prime-Time rematch between him and Wilson could have Game of the Year potential.

5. The Healthy Return of WR Percy Harvin

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5. The Healthy Return of WR Percy Harvin

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Last year's offseason acquisition of WR Percy Harvin was the talk of the town in Seattle. His speed and versatility on offense were well documented throughout the league. However, a preseason hip injury (torn Labrum) limited Harvin to just three games all season, playoffs included. Now that he's healthy again, Seattle's 12th Man can't help but feel excited over the return (which feels more like a debut) of their best offensive playmaker.

4. Another Year of Maturity for QB Russell Wilson

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4. Another Year of Maturity for QB Russell Wilson

Russell Wilson
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The Seahawks struck gold when they drafted QB Russell Wilson in the third-round of the 2012 NFL Draft. After leading Seattle to their first-ever Super Bowl victory this past February, Wilson firmly entrenched himself as one of the premier young QB prospects in the league. Entering his third year at the helm, offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell will likely continue opening the playbook, allowing Wilson more opportunities in the passing game.

3. 5 of Final 6 Regular Season Games Against Division-Opponents

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3. 5 of Final 6 Regular Season Games Against Division-Opponents

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In an attempt to keep the end of the regular season interesting, the NFL has scheduled more divisional games after Week 10. Obviously, the change has worked for the better, leaving several division titles up for grabs entering the final week of the season over the past few years. Unfortunately in the NFC West, that means a lot of tough games. Seattle finishes their season home vs. ARI, at SF, at PHI, home vs. SF, at ARI and home for STL. Tough.

2. Seattle Gets To Play The Best Rivalry Game In The NFL... Twice

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2. Seattle Gets To Play The Best Rivalry Game In The NFL... Twice

Richard Sherman and Michael Crabtree
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Speaking of tough games, Seattle currently has the honor of being one half of the best rivalry in the NFL; the other half is their division-rivals, the San Francisco 49ers. What makes these games so intense is the fact that these two teams may very well be the best in the league, and yet, they're in the same division. To make things more intriguing, they play twice in three weeks; Week 13 and 15.
Public disclaimer: there will be bloodshed.

1. A Legitimate Chance At Repeating This Year

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1. A Legitimate Chance At Repeating This Year

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Despite the odds being against them, Seattle actually has a realistic chance at repeating this year. That chance could turn into a strong possibility if they can somehow manage to claim home-field advantage once again this year. Of course, in order to do that, they will need to start the year strong and withstand the divisional barrage that begins Week 12. With the core of their defense (and team) still intact, Seattle could do the unthinkable.


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  • Paddy

    I hate to break it to this author, but the Redskins and Seahawks are drastically different than when they played in 2012. The Seahawks are exponentially better whereas the Redskins are considerably worse (that D looks terrible). Anything can happen, but that doesn’t scream game of the year to me lol.