The Seattle Seahawks are currently preparing for what could be a dream season for the players, coaches, and fans of this team from the northwest. Boasting a roster loaded with the talent to really make a push in the playoffs, it is already evident that many Seahawks already have their eyes on the Super Bowl.
And while that may be a lofty goal for just about any team in the league, these Men of Seattle could very well get the job done.
Russell Wilson is entering his second season in the league and only has that much more confidence after coming on strong in the second half of last year. Marshawn Lynch is still a beast, and the Legion of Boom is ready to continue wreaking havoc upon opposing receivers.
Yes, Seattle fans, this could be the year.
But, airing on the side of caution, there is still plenty of football to play. I mean, we haven’t even hit June 1st yet! Still, though there are a plethora of things that could potentially derail Seattle’s season before it gets started (injuries are at the top of that list), this is the kind of season everybody in the NFL expects from Seattle.
If they want to reach the heralded ground again, however, they will have to navigate through a pretty brutal schedule at times. Their 2013 slate of games puts them in 11th on the strength of schedule rankings, with their opponents having gone 130-122-4 this past year. Don’t get me wrong, there are some “easier” teams on the 2013 schedule, but there are plenty of teams that could hurt Seattle on their quest to glory.
That being said, here are the 5 must watch games of the 2013 Seattle Seahawks’ season.
San Francisco 49ers (2) – 9/15 (5:30 pm) and 12/8 (1:25 pm) – NBC and FOX
Admittedly I cheated a little on this one, in that I put both of Seattle’s games against San Francisco into one spot on this list. My reasoning for that is because how important both of the games against the 49ers will be this year.
It’s no secret that Seattle and San Francisco are supposed to be the two heavyweights in the NFC West and NFC this year. Coming off tremendous seasons that saw them split at 1-1 with each other last year, many expect the two contests between the teams to decide who takes the NFC West crown. And while the St. Louis Rams could be a surprise team in 2013, expect to see these teams slugging it out and shaping each others’ season.
at Houston Texans – 9/29 (10:00 am) – FOX
One of the relatively unheralded games so far, this will turn out to be one of the most fun to watch come the start of the season. Houston has a great offense and their defense has turned around to make them contenders, while Seattle is essentially the same.
Look for the two teams to match up very well with one another and really make this one to not miss.
at Indianapolis Colts – 10/6 (10:00 am) – FOX
First off, whoever scheduled these two games back-to-back must really hate the Seahawks. For a west coast team to play to 10:00 am starts in a row against two great teams just doesn’t sit well with many Seattle fans.
Aside from that, this will be one of the games of the year in the NFL.
With Wilson finally getting a chance to go to-to-toe with Andrew Luck, analysts, reporters, and TV stations will be hyping this game up like it’s the Super Bowl.
And who knows, maybe it’ll be a preview.
at Atlanta Falcons – 11/3 (10:00 am) – FOX
A rematch of the game that knocked Seattle out of last years’ playoffs, this will be the game where the Seahawks look for revenge.
They were 30 seconds away from advancing last year; 30 seconds away from a date with the San Francisco 49ers; 30 seconds away from playing a team they had just annihilated 42-13.
Expect Seattle to get those 30 seconds back from Atlanta when they make the long trek this year.
vs. Minnesota Vikings – 11/17 (1:25 pm) – FOX
If Christian Ponder can get his act together and take his mind off of his wife at home, the Minnesota Vikings could be an elite team in 2013. With Adrian Peterson coming off another brilliant year, expect him to do just the same this next season.
This should be a great game that really pits two great teams against one another and should not be missed.
In the end, however, you should be watching all of Seattle’s games in 2013. A special season brewing, you wouldn’t want to miss one second of it.