Yesterday I wrote an article about how I think the first four games of the Seattle Seahawks‘ season are going to go. Despite a opening contest against the Carolina Panthers at 10:00 am across the country, I still had Seattle going 3-1 over their first four, with their lone loss coming to Houston in a very close week 4 matchup.
Aside from those two games, I have the Seahawks managing to get past San Francisco at home with the absence of Michael Crabtree in week 2 while making easy work of the Jacksonville Jaguars at CenturyLink during week 3.
At this point of the season we’ll begin the process of figuring out exactly what Seattle will bring to the field in 2013. Will Russell Wilson be even better than his latter-2012 version? What will the offense look like with the speedster Percy Harvin on the edges? Will the defensive line and linebacking units step up and be more productive than last year? How many times will opposing players think about punching Richard Sherman?
Personally, I don’t really think four games early on can fully identify a team, but we’ll start to see the emergence of what will become their 2013 identity in weeks 5-8.
With that said, here’s my second block of predictions.
at Indianapolis Colts (October 6) – 10:00 am – FOX
This will be one of the more hyped games of the early season, as it features the first meeting between Wilson and Andrew Luck, two superstar quarterbacks who were part of the 2012 NFL Draft. Each leading their teams to playoff berths last year, it will be quite a treat to watch these standouts lead their offenses against one another in a quest to establish dominance and get bragging rights.
But as billed as the competition between Wilson and Luck will be, I believe the deciding factor in this game will be Marshawn Lynch. Indianapolis gave up 137.5 rushing yards per game last season, and Lynch should be able to really get his legs going in the second half while matching up against a tiring-out Colts defensive line.
And with the way the Colts play under Luck (throwing the ball much more than rushing), the Legion of Boom will once again play a huge factor in locking up receivers. This will be a close one in the first half as the Seahawks wake up but look for Lynch to find his ground and dominate the second half.
Prediction: WIN (4-1)
vs. Tennessee Titans (October 13) – 1:05 pm – CBS
Jake Locker’s return to Seattle will be the one thing that will standout in a game that should be a relatively easy win for Seattle. With hype surrounding his return, expect the Seahawks to go full-throttle at the hometown star while overpowering a Titans team that will likely struggle throughout the 2013 season.
Pediction: WIN (5-1)
at Arizona Cardinals (October 17) – 5:40 pm – NFLN
At 5-1 on the year the Seahawks will be cruising through their schedule and rated as one of the best teams in the league. They’ll be boasting one of the top offenses that spreads the field out and is deadly fast with power to compliment their attack as well. Though the defense and front line will be susceptible to the run and give quarterbacks time to throw the ball, Seattle’s secondary will make up for a lack in rushing ability while helping the Seahawks to a 5-1 record entering their game against Arizona.
And as tempted as I am to hand the Seahawks a loss in this game, I’m going to give them the win based on the fact that the Cardinals will have played the San Francisco 49ers just four days prior. They will present some problems for Seattle, namely in their running game.
Prediction: WIN (6-1)
at St. Louis Rams (October 28) – 5:40 pm – ESPN
The great run will end in St. Louis, as I see the Rams as a surprise pick this year. Sam Bradford will be having the best year of his career with his speedy receivers while Jeff Fisher continues to coach a young and very talented team.
Though they will have to replace Steven Jackson at running back, their speed on the edges should open up their rushing attack. Look for their team to be extremely motivated for a Monday Night Football matchup against a Seattle team that will be contending as well.
Unfortunately for the Seahawks, the air-attack of the Rams with its speed will be too much to overcome in a tight contest that will hand Seattle its second loss of the year.
Prediction: LOSS (6-2)