Yesterday I continued predicting the outcomes of the Seattle Seahawks 2013 schedule, with the Seahawks going 3-1 in games 5-8 to improve their record to 6-2 on the year, quite an outstanding record after eight games by NFL standards.
At this point in the season, entering game nine, I expect Seattle to have found their identity on both offense and defense. They should be cruising on offense and figuring out their best defensive front with Bruce Irvin in the mix.
That being said, this time of the year could be a taxing one for the Seahawks. They will have just come off of two grueling NFC West games and may be a little winded heading into an important stretch where they will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Atlanta Falcons, Minnesota Vikings, and New Orleans Saints.
Here are my predictions of how these games will shake out.
vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (November 3, 2013) – 1:05 pm – FOX
This will be a very interesting game, and a tough one to predict. Tampa Bay isn’t a team to really look past, as Doug Martin absolutely exploded onto the scene last year and will look to continue that trend in 2013.
Though Josh Freeman still hasn’t got back to his 2010 form, with incoming QB Mike Glennon look like a potential, future starter, Freeman could be poised for an outstanding comeback year.
Martin’s running game will be tough for a questionable Seattle defensive line to handle at times, and I fully expect Tampa Bay to be able to move the ball down the field effectively.
That being said, they were 7-9 last year and I also expect the Seahawks to dominate on the offensive side of the ball.
Prediction: WIN (7-2)
at Atlanta Falcons (November 10, 2013) – 10:00 am – FOX
A return to where Seattle’s season ended last year, this one will be much closer than some may think. Atlanta will once again be loaded in 2013 and could very well be more potent than their 2012 form. Matt Ryan is one of the top quarterbacks in the league and their defense is starting to come around as well.
As with what happened last year, the Seahawks will likely struggle in the first half before waking up in the second. But don’t look for the Falcons to make the same mistakes as they did last year, as they will hold off Seattle and hand them their third loss of the season.
Prediction: LOSS (7-3)
vs. Minnesota Vikings (November 17, 2013) – 1:25 pm – FOX
Adrian Peterson is a monster and is coming off an outstanding comeback season that once again saw him lauded as the league’s best back. But as good as AP is, he can’t define an entire team. Christian Ponder should not be the answer at QB for the Vikings, and the addition of Matt Cassel may prove interesting in the coming months.
That still does not, however, mitigate the fact that neither of them look to be a decent starting quarterback. And against the Legion of Boom? Those kind of quarterbacks have no chance.
Seattle will roll in this one despite an impressive performance by Peterson.
Prediction: WIN (8-3)
vs. New Orleans Saints (December 2, 2013) – 5:40 pm – ESPN
Seattle’s second Monday Night Football game of the year will come after a much-needed bye week. Taking on the New Orleans Saints at home, this will be yet another tough test for the Seahawks.
Not having the best of years in 2012, look for the Saints to rebound in 2013 with Sean Payton back at the helm and leading Drew Brees and company.
Re-focused and likely boasting an impressive record, New Orleans will be somewhat rested heading into this game, having played a Thursday Night Contest against the Atlanta Falcons on November 21, allowing them 11 days off before playing the Seahawks.
So if nothing else, both teams should be relatively healthy and have their full strength come kickoff.
On Seattle’s side of things, I see them coming away with a win in this game because of the simple fact that they have the best secondary in the league and will run over New Orlean’s defense.
Prediction: WIN (9-3)