2017 NFL Preseason Outlooks: SEATTLE SEAHAWKS
SEATTLE SEAHAWKS (NFC West)
2016 record: 10-5-1 (3-2-1 in division)
KEY ADDITIONS: RB Eddie Lacy, K Blair Walsh, OT Luke Joeckel, DE Dion Jordan, (R) WR Amara Darboh
KEY DEPARTURES: FB Derrick Coleman, DT John Jenkins, K Steven Hauschka
2016 SEASON RECAP
Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks won the NFC West with a 10-5-1 record. While the defense wasn’t what it has been in the past, it was still one of the better units in football. The team lost all world Safety Earl Thomas to injury during the season and he was sorely missed. The team also missed a legitimate running game, the teams leading rusher Christine Michael could only muster 469 yards.
The Receiving tandem of Doug Baldwin (1,128 yards and 7 TDs) and Jimmy Graham (923 yards and 6 TDs) led the offense with QB Russell wilson and his 4,478 total yards and 23 total TDs. During the season Seattle beat both super bowl participants ( Patriots and Falcons ) but when it counted in the playoff the Falcons eliminated them 36-20.
2017 SEASON PREVIEW
The team has added some fire power on both sides of the ball. On offense they signed RB Eddie lacy and drafted WR Amara Darboh and on defense they sign former 1st round pick DE Dion Jordan. Getting Earl Thomas back healthy will be the biggest upgrade for the Hawks. There’s been some talk of a divided locker room, if any team can handle issues amongst players its the Seahawks.
While the team looks for another Super bowl run in 2017, their schedule isn’t overly difficult but they do have road games against the Packers, Giants and Cowboys and a big mid November showdown with the NFC champion Atlanta Falcons. They look to get back to their smash mouth style of play so Eddie Lacy should play a huge role for them. Arizona looks to be better than last year so a division title will be a little tougher this year.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
QB Russell Wilson, RB Eddie Lacy, FS Earl Thomas, LB Bobby Wagner
2017 RECORD PREDICTION
10 – 6