Let the Carnage Begin
As the Seattle Seahawks gear up to open year three of the Pete Carroll era, the rebuild looks to have hit a climbing point towards a serious playoff run.
Led by a daunting young defense and an upstart rookie quarterback at the helm, Seattle has earned themselves praise from national media and an exposure that few Seahawks teams have received in recent history.
However, the hype surrounding them is real and the Seahawks are poised to reek havoc on any opponent that steps in their path.
The lofty expectations of the previous 100 words would surely make any opposing team tremble in fright, but the reality is, those opposing teams have already pissed their pants after watching Seattle mow through their competition in the preseason.
The way I see it, why can’t the Seahawks win thirteen or fourteen games?
Realistically speaking, they won’t, but these are fearless predictions for a reason.
In part one of this four part series, I examine contests against Arizona, Dallas, Green Bay, and St. Louis.
Game by Game Predictions
Episode 1: Sun, Sept. 9 @ Arizona
The Seahawks travel down to Glendale to face a Cardinals team that has looked rather unimpressive throughout the preseason. The Cardinals offensive line implodes by allowing five sacks and John Skelton gets knocked out of the game on Bruce Irivin‘s second sack of the first half.
Kevin Kolb enters the game only to throw two interceptions. All before halftime.
Meanwhile, the offense controls the clock and Russell Wilson engineers three touchdown drives in the first half.
By halftime, the Seahawks are up 24-3 and basically run the clock out for the rest of the game while resting most of the starters.
Seahawks 27 Cardinals 10
Episode 2: Sun, Sept. 16 vs. Dallas
Fresh off dismantling the Cardinals, the Seahawks return home to play infront of the prolific 12th Man.
The home field advantage rears its sweet head as the Tony Romo led Cowboys commit three false starts on the first two drives — unable to find any rhythm in the passing game.
Red Bryant intercepts a Romo pass and returns it 45 yards for a fat-guy touchdown just before halftime to give the Seahawks a 13-7 lead.
Wilson eclipses 200 yards passing and 100 yards rushing as the Seahawks pull away in the second half behind a slew of time consuming drives.
Marshawn Lynch scores two touchdowns and the defense holds the Cowboys to under 200 yards of total offense.
Dallas 7 Seahawks 30
Episode 3: Mon, Sept. 24 vs. Green Bay
The first big test of the 2012 season comes on Monday Night Football. In one of the more exciting games of the young season, both teams struggle to find any consistency on offense in the first half. Both teams commit two turnovers and enter halftime knotted up at 7-7.
The second half gets off the a rough start when Aaron Rodgers finds Greg Jennings on a deep post for a 76-yard touchdown on the first play their first play from scrimmage.
Wilson answers late in the third quarter with a 15-yard touchdown pass to Sidney Rice and the Seahawks force, and recover, a fumble on the ensuing kickoff but have to settle for a field goal.
With a 17-14 lead and two minutes remaining in the game, Rodgers leads the Packers on an 86-yard drive, finding James Starks on a screen pass that goes 32-yards for a touchdown with only 17 seconds remaining.
The ‘Hawks lose their first game of the 2012 campaign.
Green Bay 21 Seahawks 17
Episode 4: Sun, Sept. 30 @ St. Louis
It’s always nice playing the Rams because regardless of the season, they’re always worse than us and it’s no different in their first meeting of the season. Steven Jackson has already been benched in favor of rookie Isaiah Pead and Sam Bradford has looked terrible as they start the season 0-3.
Wilson continues his solid play and posts the best start of his young career, completing 21-16 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns.
The defense frustrates Bradford, who is sacked four times, while losing two fumbles. Irvin tacks on two more sacks to extend his league leading total to six.
The Rams tack on a touchdown in garbage time but the Seahawks win an easy one.
Seahawks 24 St. Louis 13
First-Quarter Schedule Prediction Analysis
In part one of my fearless predictions, the Seahawks jump out to a 3-1 record after beating division rivals Arizona and St. Louis on the road while taking care of business against the hapless Cowboys in their home opener.
Their only loss on the season came on Monday Night Football, a heartbreaker to the Packers who were just too strong on offense behind early MVP favorite Aaron Rodgers.
Russell Wilson has lived up to the hype that followed him out of camp and Marshawn Lynch has continued to elude any suspension from Commissioner Goddell while ranking third in the NFL in rushing yards.
The defense is the number-one unit among scoring defenses and leads the NFL in takeaways.
Of course, this is all hypothetical, but these are all semi-realistic predictions for this Seattle Seahawks football team in 2012.
Stay tuned for Part 2 in about 4 weeks time. Go Seahawks!
Next four games: @ Carolina, vs. New England, @ San Francisco, @ Detroit