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It is almost that time folks. The NFL season is just a few days away and it is time to give my preview of my personal favorite team. I am a Washington State native and my love for my city of Seattle knows no bounds. With the pride in my city also brings in the pride of my teams, especially the Seattle Seahawks.
The Seahawks finished the 2019-2020 season with an 11-5 record, which not many NFL experts predicted, especially the way the defense and DK Metcalf had stepped up. The one constant for them last season, which was hit with plenty of injuries, was the always spectacular, Russell Wilson. In a team that prides itself on a run game, getting the production from Wilson has been incredible. In his eight years in the NFL, he has thrown for over 30 touchdowns in 50% of his time in the league. He also does not make many mistakes. Last season he only had five interceptions which is less than the MVP Lamar Jackson. His touchdowns thrown last season was also third most in the league, which was more than Dak Prescott, Drew Brees and Aaron Rodgers. But with all this talk of how great last season was for Wilson, what can we look forward to for next season?
As I mentioned previously, the Seahawks have dealt with injuries for many seasons. The most notables being defensive end Ezekiel Ansah, who was questionable for most of the season as well as veteran offensive tackle Justin Britt who was out the rest of the season since early November. Other notables being Ethan Pocic and Will Dissly. Yet with these injuries last season and no preseason being played, there has been plenty of time for these injuries to heal up and for this team to be much stronger than they were last season. It is hard to see this team surprising people, granted they were not expected to be contenders last season, but the NFC West should be on the look out for a new and improved defense with some more receiving threats for Russell Wilson.
During the offseason, the Seahawks were out making moves as they tend to do, and it all started with the draft. The biggest pick of the draft being the 48th overall pick with Darrell Taylor. The defensive end was a standout star for the Tennessee Volunteers as he almost had 20 sacks and 6 forced fumbles in his career. The pickup of Taylor was to help beef up a defensive line that saw a shockingly low production. Especially in a city like Seattle which has been known for its defense. The next pickup to enhance the defense is the 27th-overall pick in Jordyn Brooks. Brooks was a defensive force for the Red Raiders at Texas Tech with 108 total career tackles. He is going to be great at bringing players down with his 20 tackles for loss and three sacks. As a linebacker, these are huge numbers and with the opportunity to learn from the best in the game, Bobby Wagner, the kid could be something special.
The draft was a pretty average haul for Seattle but the trade and pickups they made this offseason are massive, the most recent being the resigning of Josh Gordon. Obviously, he has had a history of substance abuse in the league from the Devil’s Lettuce. But with the leagues’ new policy, Gordon has a chance to be huge. Before his suspension last season, Gordon came up big for Seattle plenty of times and was a major third down target. His game is very similar to a former receiver in Calvin Johnson, aka Megatron. A trio of receivers like D.K. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett and Josh Gordon is trouble for any defense. Even more so that proven tight ends, Will Dissly and former Carolina Panther, Greg Olsen are ready to battle it out this season. Another few pickups that will bolster the Seattle roster are running back Carlos Hyde, linebacker Bruce Irvin and safety Jamal Adams.
The biggest question mark this season will be the offensive line which cannot seem to protect Russell Wilson. I understands he scrambles but when Wilson has time in the pocket, he can be more dangerous than he can be outside the pocket. The offensive line last season had allowed 54 sacks last season, which was second for most sacks allowed. But with Pocic and Britt being back and healthy, this line could have a chance to step their game up.
With all these factors of this team that should have an improved defense and definitely a better offense. I predict the Seahawks go 12-4 with the losses coming against the San Francisco 49ers, the Minnesota Vikings, the Buffalo Bills and the Los Angeles Rams steal one. This team has reflections of the 2014 team that ended up losing in the Super Bowl and they will be very exciting to watch.