Skip to content

Preseason Power Rankings No. 1: Seattle Seahawks

NFC Championship - San Francisco 49ers v Seattle Seahawks Getty Images

The Seattle Seahawks enter their 2014 training camp as defending Super Bowl champions for the first time in franchise history. While the team lost a handful of contributing pieces to free agency, the Seahawks return most of their impact players from their championship squad. In addition, the team locked up Michael Bennett, Earl Thomas, Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin to long-term contracts to keep them in Seattle for the foreseeable future.

However, Seattle still has some questions to answer as training camp gets set to open on Friday. Can Thomas, Sherman and others play with the same drive after getting paid this offseason? How does Seattle replace Chris Clemons, Red Bryant and Clinton McDonald on their defensive line? Can Percy Harvin stay healthy enough to contribute all season?

Despite the few question marks, Seattle still enters the year as a strong candidate to return to the Super Bowl and become the first team to win consecutive titles since the New England Patriots in 2003-2004.

Strengths.

Even without Brandon Browner, the “Legion of Boom” will continue to cause fits for opposing offenses this year. Earl Thomas has become the premier safety in the game and Richard Sherman arguably the best cornerback. Kam Chancellor remains as the muscle of the quartet and Byron Maxwell has become dangerous as well with four interceptions in five starts to end the regular season.

Assuming the Seahawks and Marshawn Lynch can resolve any potential lingering contract concerns, Seattle’s rushing attack should be as good, if not better, in 2014. Seattle finished the season fourth in rushing with Lynch accumulating 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns. Second-year back Christine Michael has drawn praise from the coaching staff and could give the offense a home run threat out of the backfield. Defenses still have to be aware of quarterback Russell Wilson rushing as well as he ran for 539 yards last season.

Weaknesses.

The offensive line was the biggest problem area for the Seahawks last season and many of the same issues remain as the season approaches. Russell Okung, Breno Giacomini and Max Unger combined to miss 18 games due to injury and the line struggled in their absence.

Giacomini is now gone to the New York Jets and Okung didn’t participate in offseason workouts while recovering from foot surgery. Former first-round pick James Carpenter has slimmed down and in the best shape of his professional career, but has mainly been a disappointment up to this point. Seattle also needs to find a starter at right tackle between Michael Bowie and second-round pick Justin Britt.

While still ranking as the best defense in the league last year, the Seahawks did struggle every once in a while against the run. St. Louis and Tampa Bay rushed for 200 yards against Seattle in consecutive weeks. With Red Bryant released for cap reasons, one of the stalwarts of Seattle’s rush defense is now gone.

Changes.

James Carpenter is slotted to take over full-time at left guard in place of the departed Paul McQuistan. The position had been a timeshare for most of last season. Breno Giacomini will also need to be replaced at right tackle.

The Seahawks had found a nice pass rush package late in the season that caused problems for opposing offenses. However, Chris Clemons and Clinton McDonald have departed and Seattle will need to find replacements. Benson Mayowa, Greg Scruggs, Jordan Hill, Kevin Williams and Jesse Williams should all be vying for time in passing situations.

Bryon Maxwell will take over the starting cornerback job opposite Richard Sherman after assuming the role last season following the suspension of Brandon Browner.

Camp battles.

Despite Pete Carroll’s “always compete” mantra, there aren’t many battles for starting jobs expected during training camp. Michael Bowie and Justin Britt will compete for the starting job at right tackle.

Beyond that, the wide receiver position should be fierce for roster spots and playing time. Percy Harvin participated in all offseason workouts and appears truly healthy for the first time since injuring his ankle in 2012 with the Minnesota Vikings. Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse, Paul Richardson and Sidney Rice will be among the group competing for the next spot in line behind Harvin.

The same applies for the defensive line rotation with a slew of players competing for playing time. Greg Scruggs, Jesse Williams, Jordan Hill and Benson Mayowa were “redshirted” for lack of a better term due to being buried in the depth or injury. Along with the redshirt class, draft picks Cassius Marsh and Jimmy Staten will also have a chance to factor in the rotation.

Seattle will also need to find a punt returner to replace Golden Tate.

Prospects.

The Seahawks roster remains supremely talented and young. They were the youngest team to ever win a Super Bowl last February and Seattle has done a very good job of preparing their roster to absorb the larger contracts given to their emerging superstars.

The defense remains a physically imposing unit. Marshawn Lynch is a battering ram at running back and Russell Wilson the calm, distributor that directs the offense.

There are few areas of concern from a roster standpoint for Seattle as training camp approaches. The biggest question may be if they can handle being the hunted as reigning champions.

Permalink 167 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Features, Seattle Seahawks, Top Stories
167 Responses to “Preseason Power Rankings No. 1: Seattle Seahawks”
  1. andrewluck12 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:03 PM

    It’s really hard to see a repeat. Playoffs? Probably. But they are not repeating.

  2. kylexitron says: Jul 22, 2014 3:04 PM

    My standpoint all along has been that Seattle will be better in 2014, though it may not translate to more wins as their schedule is pretty tough.

  3. northeastkiller says: Jul 22, 2014 3:06 PM

    Yeah, speaking as a Saints fan, certainly can’t argue this. Hope a playoff rematch is hosted in the Dome, that’s for sure…at least it was closer than the Super Bowl, lol.

  4. braceyourselffor12 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:06 PM

    With the new rule in place to actually call them on all their flagrant PI and holding expect this overrated group of frauds to stumble early and often.

  5. nmccarty82 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:06 PM

    As long as we can keep that competitive fire, we should have no problem getting back to the Super Bowl. Go Hawks!

  6. johnnyblood24 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:06 PM

    I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise.

  7. goniners49 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:07 PM

    Go Niners! good luck though hawks, see you on thanksgiving

  8. bonnovi says: Jul 22, 2014 3:07 PM

    Overrated.

  9. slugbaitspace says: Jul 22, 2014 3:08 PM

    One strength you forgot: Bobby Wagner

  10. drfeelyouup says: Jul 22, 2014 3:09 PM

    Only one place to go…..down.

  11. 8to80texansblog says: Jul 22, 2014 3:09 PM

    Going to be one of the better Thanksgiving games in recent memory.

    #HawksvNiners
    #BestRivalryinFootball

  12. pr0phat69 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:09 PM

    Pete and Repeat are in a boat and Pete falls out. Who is still in the boat?…GOHAWKS!

  13. justsomerandomguy24 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:11 PM

    Their biggest weakness is that Goodell just changed the rules so Peyton can win a second Superbowl…

  14. honkeyt says: Jul 22, 2014 3:12 PM

    Raiders will be undefeated going into this game and shock the Hawks in Seattle, the giant will officially be awoken in the bay area. NFL is officially put on notice.

    Raiders 4Eva

  15. Spymaster Belichick says: Jul 22, 2014 3:12 PM

    The Legion of Illegal Contact are going to be exposed this year.

  16. nbarber2013 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:13 PM

    They may not win it all this year, but I see a better overall team heading into this season. Let’s go get another!

    GO HAWKS!

  17. jdmv240 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:14 PM

    Hawks fan (until they suck again) FOREVER!!!!!!

  18. bucrightoff says: Jul 22, 2014 3:15 PM

    If they played in the AFC they’d be on their way to probably 3 or 4 more Super Bowls. But the NFC is the man’s conference so it won’t be so easy. Could easily finish last in their division because it’s that difficult.

  19. norseyapper says: Jul 22, 2014 3:15 PM

    Ooooh, your #1 team is last year’s Super Bowl champ. Way to go out on a limb!

  20. Stupid Lions Fan says: Jul 22, 2014 3:16 PM

    What a brave prediction

  21. percyscoredasmuchasdenver says: Jul 22, 2014 3:17 PM

    CHAMPIONS. We are the rightful team to be ranked #1. Is the sky blue?

    #DYNASTYFOREVER
    #ABOVEREPERCUSSIONS
    #REPETETHREEMORETIMES

  22. wimpyburgers says: Jul 22, 2014 3:20 PM

    Every coach saw how Luck and Indianapolis beat the Seahawks last year through the passing game and speedy receivers….. and all the Super Bowl contenders brought in more speed this year.

    Thus, I expect more points to be scored on the Hawks, and they’ll get tested by Rogers and the Packers on opening day.

    Wow! Football is fun in Seattle!

  23. martianmanhuntr says: Jul 22, 2014 3:24 PM

    As a Hawk fan I have seen this team through thick and thin. I remember getting made fun of at school in Colorado for my Dave Krieg shirt and my Joe Nash and Jacob Green football cards. I am happy to watch this team grow and to play well….. Finally!

    But the NFC West is going to be tough as the Rams and Cards are no joke and the 49ers (although I hate them) are freakin scary good. Not to mention the difficulty posed by other non-NFC West teams like the Broncos, Patriots, Packers, and Saints. This is going to be a great year… albeit a difficult one!

    Win, Lose, or Draw I will be there rooting as always!

    Go Hawks!

  24. 16nyniner80 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:24 PM

    We’ll see how the Seahags fare now that the NFL’s love affair with them is over. BTW, they still don’t know offense.

  25. ctiggs says: Jul 22, 2014 3:24 PM

    WAyyyyyyyyyyyyyy to high, this team will be 3rd in the NFC West, right in front of the Lambs.

  26. ctiggs says: Jul 22, 2014 3:25 PM

    Number 1 at home, number 28th on the Road.

  27. mangoldbond says: Jul 22, 2014 3:29 PM

    What if I told you that hashtags on PFT don’t do anything?

  28. numba1wiscosportsfan says: Jul 22, 2014 3:29 PM

    LOB? More like LOL!

  29. seahawksteven777 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:30 PM

    ctiggs says:
    Jul 22, 2014 3:25 PM
    “Number 1 at home, number 28th on the Road.”

    Funny, I recall them going 6-2 on the road last season.

  30. 2difshoe says: Jul 22, 2014 3:31 PM

    pr0phat69 says:
    Jul 22, 2014 3:09 PM

    Pete and Repeat are in a boat and Pete falls out. Who is still in the boat?…GOHAWKS!

    —————————————————–

    Someone who is just dumb enough not to fall out of the boat.

  31. birdobeamen says: Jul 22, 2014 3:34 PM

    Oh look, the team that just won the Super Bowl is coming into the season as the #1 ranked team for 2014 — how original. Way to go out on a limb PFT.

  32. 1phd says: Jul 22, 2014 3:34 PM

    They perfected illegal contact on defense and piping in fake crowd noise at home. Isn’t that like cheating?

  33. seahawksteven777 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:35 PM

    The thing I love most is that people use any possible reason they can to justify their hate for the Seahawks, no matter how invalid it is.

    This Seahawks team is elite and they will be in position to reach the Super Bowl again. (If they play like they did last year, they have a great chance at getting back.)

  34. badmoonrison says: Jul 22, 2014 3:36 PM

    Duh on the headline, bros…

  35. kimbo71006 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:38 PM

    Going to be a great year with the new Legion of Boom rule to flag more flagrant violations (such as draping yourself like a cheap suit on the opponent…RS).

    When they are constantly getting called for that violation, let’s see what they do to step up and overcome.

    My bet…they can’t. If they can’t play dirty, they can’t win.

  36. icallitlikeiseeit67 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:38 PM

    They deserve the #1 ranking based on what they did last year no doubt, however I believe their looses to the DL will be a big question.

    Red Bryant was huge at stopping the run, and they lost some depth there. will be interesting to see how that effects the overall defense. As others have said its very hard to repeat and the past couple SB champs failed to make the playoffs just saying.

  37. rodgersheisjolly says: Jul 22, 2014 3:43 PM

    Sea chickens have no deep threat and just an average QB.

  38. 12dat says: Jul 22, 2014 3:43 PM

    LOL at scared Santa Clara fans

  39. acer007 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:44 PM

    Raiders, who???

  40. 84smooninlambeaunevergetsold says: Jul 22, 2014 3:44 PM

    I wouldn’t strongly dislike the Seahawks so much if it weren’t for that highly educated, very stable Dick Sherman.

  41. baltimoremikeg says: Jul 22, 2014 3:44 PM

    Obviously this is where the Ravens belonged on the list.

  42. seatownballers says: Jul 22, 2014 3:47 PM

    We are a better team, with a schedule that’s three times harder

  43. 585hawksworldchamps says: Jul 22, 2014 3:47 PM

    Surprise Surprise!!! Its rare when one of the youngest teams in the league win the world championship. Its even more rare when they field a better team the following year. The world is about to re-recognize what most of us have known for the last 2 years….Theirs a buzzsaw in the northwest, and not much can stop it. You can change the rules all you want with PI, re-inforce it, pay more attention, yada yada yada. Is reinforcing PI gunna make demaryius thomas unafraid to come accross the middle? Is it going to change the fact that we have the fastest Defense in the league? IS it gunna make people throw 25s way more often? NOPE! #GOHAWKS #REPEAT

  44. hawks1223 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:49 PM

    Funny all the haters say they will take a step back, when people who pay attention (and make a living covering football) say they are in the best position to repeat of any champion in recent history. All you fans of these sorry teams we beat last year-sorry it isn’t going to get any easier for your lousy squads anytime soon.

    Packers- always have injury problems to blame for losing.
    Saints- literally can’t win on the road in the playoffs
    9ers- how does the team with the most talent by far the last 4 years (saying that as a hawks fan) not win a super bowl? Coach is a tool and QB is a choke artist. Should have stuck with Alex Smith.
    Cardinals-Carson Palmer-that sums it up for them.
    Eagles- No defense
    Bears-Cutler is still the QB

    Anyone else? Didn’t think so!

    GOHAWKS!!!!!

  45. jjackwagon says: Jul 22, 2014 3:50 PM

    Going down faster than a broken elevator. Look at the bright side sea chicken fans. Even when you hit bottom you will land on the Raiders, Browns & Jags.

  46. jeffmertl says: Jul 22, 2014 3:51 PM

    Ignorant fans commenting on PI and new rules. The officials just held a conference on this very matter and not ONE play from Seattle’s Secondary last season that didn’t get called would have or will be called this year. Cross check your notes and information before commenting.

  47. ctiggs says: Jul 22, 2014 3:51 PM

    Sherman should be listed under strengths and weakness……….. depending on which side of the field you are talking about. #GoNiners #Nobodyhasitbetter

  48. acer007 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:55 PM

    We’ll see how the Seahags fare now that the NFL’s love affair with them is over. BTW, they still don’t know offense

    They knew offence well enough to keep your team out of the super bowl, and they will do it again this year so just keep on a fourtywhning.

  49. hawks1223 says: Jul 22, 2014 3:57 PM

    ^Except the Seahawks^

  50. cueghost says: Jul 22, 2014 3:58 PM

    NFC Playoffs – 2014

    East – Eagles
    North – Packers
    South – Saints
    West – 49ers
    Wildcard – Bears
    Wildcard – Cardinals

    Sorry Seattle, you are going 9-7 and missing the Playoffs this year. There will be no dynasty.

  51. JaminJake says: Jul 22, 2014 4:00 PM

    hawks1223 says:
    Jul 22, 2014 3:49 PM
    Funny all the haters say they will take a step back, when people who pay attention (and make a living covering football) say they are in the best position to repeat of any champion in recent history. All you fans of these sorry teams we beat last year-sorry it isn’t going to get any easier for your lousy squads anytime soon.

    Packers- always have injury problems to blame for losing.
    Saints- literally can’t win on the road in the playoffs
    9ers- how does the team with the most talent by far the last 4 years (saying that as a hawks fan) not win a super bowl? Coach is a tool and QB is a choke artist. Should have stuck with Alex Smith.
    Cardinals-Carson Palmer-that sums it up for them.
    Eagles- No defense
    Bears-Cutler is still the QB

    Anyone else? Didn’t think so!

    GOHAWKS!!!!!
    ____________________________________

    Got news for you, the media is there to be entertaining and provide us with funny fodder to fill our offseason. Take what they say with a grain of salt. What better way to do that then make controversial statements that will allow fans of these teams to endlessly argue who is superior and offer these media people up as factual support(even though it’s far from)

    I guess the Saints can’t win in the playoffs even though they beat Philadelphia and were making some progress against Seattle last year.

  52. nflpoker says: Jul 22, 2014 4:05 PM

    They may repeat, they may not. Like they say it’s tough to repeat. The only time I got to see them last year was when they were in the SB. That game was the most lopsided one I have ever seen. But, to the Seattle fans, be good winners. 1 SB does not a dynasty make.

    As for the ’70s Steelers, they were something.

    -Minnesota fan

  53. bluenose1965 says: Jul 22, 2014 4:06 PM

    Power rankings?

    How much of that power comes from PED’s?

  54. rick359 says: Jul 22, 2014 4:08 PM

    Train keeps a rolling all night long!!

    Go Hawks!!

    #RePete!

  55. gohawks7 says: Jul 22, 2014 4:09 PM

    I cannot wait for Wilson to show everyone how underrated he really is. His potential hasn’t even been scratched yet.

  56. nite2al says: Jul 22, 2014 4:10 PM

    Seahawks may be kinda scary because they will undoubtedly improve on offense.

  57. slugbaitspace says: Jul 22, 2014 4:15 PM

    bluenose1965 says:
    Jul 22, 2014 4:06 PM
    Power rankings?

    How much of that power comes from PED’s?
    ——————–
    51 comments submitted before the first mention of PEDs is made. That must be some sort of record here at PFT. And darn it, I’m all out of cookies.

  58. snoqualmkanem says: Jul 22, 2014 4:16 PM

    “With the new rule in place to actually call them on all their flagrant PI and holding expect this overrated group of frauds to stumble early and often.”

    It will all even out, they are also tightening the rules on Offensive PI as well.

    Additionally with Percy Harvin and Paul Richardson running routes, they won’t be able to be held either.

  59. snoqualmkanem says: Jul 22, 2014 4:17 PM

    “Power rankings?

    How much of that power comes from PED’s?”

    None, time to get back to the present. Only 1 Seahawk player has ever served a suspension for PED. Bruce Irvin.

    All the others have left the team for one reason or another.

  60. rick359 says: Jul 22, 2014 4:18 PM

    I wish the season would just start, and the Hawks will show what they are made of…

    Go Hawks!

  61. jessesnapple says: Jul 22, 2014 4:19 PM

    Damn people are so jealous of this team, it’s hilarious. Again, everyone loves talking about how this team has no offense and only won because of their defense. Well their defense hardly changed. They can replace old Red with old Kevin Williams. They can replace old coming off an ACL year Clemons with a number of different people. They can put Irvin back on the end, his original position where he tacked up 8.5 sacks his rookie year. Plus they have Mayowa, Scruggs, Marsh and Jeffcoat. And they have Staten, Jesse Williams and Jordan Hill to plug in on the inside. The DL is deeeep. LB group remains the same except Toomer is healthy and we drafted KPL. Brandon Browner has always been the weakest link in the LOB and Maxwell obviously filled in just fine. Go ahead and say whatever you need to in order to make yourselves feel better, but this team will be just fine this year.

  62. boomnutz says: Jul 22, 2014 4:22 PM

    People are so reactive. This list looks more like an end of the year power rankings. The Seahawks are a great team, but shouldn’t the power rankings be about teams most likely to win the Super Bowl? Seattle won’t repeat. For 2 reasons. One it’s just too damn hard and two because they lost too much talent – their o-line got worse, the secondary doesn’t have the same depth and they lost some quality players on the defensive line too. I also feel like Lynch is destined to have a down year. He’s toted the rock nearly 300 times each of the past 3 seasons. I think 4 straight is asking a little too much. Wilson should improve, but does he have enough weapons?. Having said that they’re absolutely one of the 5 best teams. Just think this is the 49ers year to win the division and Green Bay’s year to reach Superbowl

  63. lionsdraftguy says: Jul 22, 2014 4:29 PM

    Seattle is a great team, and they have a darn good chance at repeating and no one can deny that. I hate the 49ers but they have a chance too. Same with the Packers.

    How come football fans cant ever just man up and be realistic?

  64. 2difshoe says: Jul 22, 2014 4:34 PM

    The only thing I see different about the Seahawks this year is they’re going to have to widen the tunnel leading to the playing field so their big heads can fit through it.

    Sherman, he’ll be shot in from a cannon…there is no tunnel wide enough to fit his ginormous head through.

  65. harrisonhits2 says: Jul 22, 2014 4:35 PM

    The challenge for Seattle is that they now have the big fat SB Winner target on their backs and every team will play their best against the Seahawks. Every team wants to be the one who beats last year’s champ.

  66. boomnutz says: Jul 22, 2014 4:40 PM

    It’s like flipping a coin, if you flip it once and its heads, you’re an idiot if you pick heads again – ok maybe not an idiot, but the probability suggests it should be tails. If I were a betting man, simply for the laws of probability I would bump Seattle down. Same with the Broncos. Someone else stated it earlier 21 years since a super bowl loser has returned to the super bowl 42 or something since they’ve returned and won it. For those reasons alone, Seattle and Denver are below SF, GB and NE and maybe even NO. It’s not about “manning” up it’s about not being an idiot and ignoring some credible statistics. But i’ll work on “manning” up for you. SMH

  67. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Jul 22, 2014 4:45 PM

    To quote Rick Flare, “to be the man, you got to beat the man”.

  68. clssylssy says: Jul 22, 2014 4:45 PM

    LOL…”Cardinals….Carson Palmer sums it up”…and Carson and the Cards were the ONLY TEAM to beat the Seahawks in their house last season so that’s probably not a subject a Hawks fan wants brought up! Sticks and stones…Palmer definitely knows how to take a hit and keep on ticking, throw an interception then nail it for a game winning TD!
    None the less, the NFC West is going to be even better this year than last and hats off to the Champs who know how to put an exceptional product on the field…this coming from a Cards fan!

  69. jimmysee says: Jul 22, 2014 4:46 PM

    We’ll learn a lot about the #5 rated Packers in week one when they travel to the #1 rated Seahawks.

    Packers will learn a lot about themselves, too.

  70. realmenwearstripes says: Jul 22, 2014 4:46 PM

    I would have put them third behind Denver and San Francisco.

  71. thebirdofprey2 says: Jul 22, 2014 4:46 PM

    Seattle won a Super Bowl in dominate fashion and still have so many doubters. Like many other Hawk fans I follow division teams closely and each team in NFC West is pretty stacked but Sehawks still sit on top. Complete opposite of what that fan said about O-line because it has improved especially Britt/Bowie going toe to toe for RT and Carpenter healthy and looking like a beast at LG.

    There is no team in the NFL that makes more practice squad moves and that’s status quo since Pete/John arrived. People point to lost talent, they have younger guys sitting on the bench a year or two waiting their chance. Walter Thurmond gone – Simon and Jeremy Lane sitting behind him. Fans of football should be excited for Percy Harvin in this offense. The one guy I can’t wait to see get his chance is Christine Michael. Go Hawks!

  72. rick359 says: Jul 22, 2014 4:57 PM

    It really all comes down to injuries and who is the healthiest come playoff time.

    I believe the hawks will have a greatly improved offense to go along with the Legion of Boom!

    Watch out NFL the Hawks are for real, and you have only seen the start of how good Russel Wilson will be!!

    Go Hawks!

  73. poorcalvinisstuckonthecrappylions says: Jul 22, 2014 4:59 PM

    Lions > Seattle

    No question!

    2015 SB Champs Lions!

  74. hawks1223 says: Jul 22, 2014 5:03 PM

    Got news for you, the media is there to be entertaining and provide us with funny fodder to fill our offseason. Take what they say with a grain of salt. What better way to do that then make controversial statements that will allow fans of these teams to endlessly argue who is superior and offer these media people up as factual support(even though it’s far from)

    I guess the Saints can’t win in the playoffs even though they beat Philadelphia and were making some progress against Seattle last year.

    Why do you read the stuff then? The Saints did win in Philly against a team that played absolutely no defense. And winning one game on the road does not make them a good road team. Also- making progress? What’s that mean? We beat the saints 57-22 in two games last year. Ball don’t lie. Saints scored in garbage time last year in the playoffs. That game was never close.

  75. kerzondax says: Jul 22, 2014 5:04 PM

    Not a Seattle fan by any means … but this is where they belong.

  76. usdcoyotesfan says: Jul 22, 2014 5:04 PM

    Ridiculous. The Packers should definitely be #1.

  77. frank1971 says: Jul 22, 2014 5:08 PM

    None of these rankings are all that relevant, what’s important is that Michael Sam is now in the league, and that we continue to break down barriers of discrimination. That’s bigger than any Super Bowl championship, MVP awards and really any other draft pick in the history of the NFL. If we need to sacrifice the game of football to make society a better place, then so be it. MICHAEL SAM IS FOOTBALL NOW!

  78. computojon says: Jul 22, 2014 5:09 PM

    Good thing the Seahawks play the weak Rams twice (#20 on PFT’s ranking). Yeah, they sure blew out the Rams, 14-9, when STL couldn’t score in four downs with a 1st-and-goal from the 3 in the last minute of play. With their backup QB, by the way. What domination by the Hawks!!

  79. dedicatedhawkfan says: Jul 22, 2014 5:09 PM

    boomnutz says: It’s like flipping a coin, if you flip it once and its heads, you’re an idiot if you pick heads again – ok maybe not an idiot, but the probability suggests it should be tails

    um….no. the odds are still 50/50 on a coin flip, each and every time. This really does not translate to picking who makes it to/wins the SB.

  80. johnnylujack says: Jul 22, 2014 5:11 PM

    Any team with a dominant defense and efficient offense *can* compete for the title. But key injuries during the season (Wilson, Sherman, Bennett), a bad slump that costs them a bye or hfa in the playoffs, or just running in to a hot or lucky team in the playoffs, and they go back to being one of the other 31 teams.

  81. norcalmafia says: Jul 22, 2014 5:13 PM

    Seattle will be there in the end and the 49ers will too and just like last year it will be the real superbowl all over again..
    Niners will take a step back on defense this year but I think the offense explodes and they will be the ones winning games for us..

    Seahawks 49ers will split the series again like they always do..Each home team wins…

    NFC sleeper could be the Bears this year

  82. xnihilofan says: Jul 22, 2014 5:17 PM

    Well earned ‘Hawks. Hope we’re all undefeated come Thanksgiving! Here’s to another title bout season!

    Go Niners :)

  83. 2difshoe says: Jul 22, 2014 5:19 PM

    norcalmafia says:
    Jul 22, 2014 5:13 PM

    NFC sleeper could be the Bears this year.

    ======================================

    BEARSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS !

  84. ktm300xcwe says: Jul 22, 2014 5:19 PM

    I am a Viking fan and it is obvious the Seahawks are the best team in the NFL.

  85. xnihilofan says: Jul 22, 2014 5:21 PM

    frank1971 says:
    Jul 22, 2014 5:08 PM
    None of these rankings are all that relevant, what’s important is that Michael Sam is now in the league, and that we continue to break down barriers of discrimination. That’s bigger than any Super Bowl championship, MVP awards and really any other draft pick in the history of the NFL. If we need to sacrifice the game of football to make society a better place, then so be it. MICHAEL SAM IS FOOTBALL NOW!

    ——————————————————-

    Nope.

    The problem with Sam-I-Am is not his sexuality….it’s the fact that he isn’t a good football player. All the media hype and faux interest won’t change that fact. And it’s at that point everybody can then celebrate that Sam-I-Am is just another former NFL player looking at life after football.

  86. longtimefanhtr says: Jul 22, 2014 5:26 PM

    Packer fan. Hawks are # 1 going in. We’ll see how it all shakes out. Super Bowls aren’t won now.

  87. winninaintsinnin says: Jul 22, 2014 5:51 PM

    No question it will be hard to repeat.

    1 – Target
    2 – Schedule
    3 – Conference and Division

    But not due to the reasons put forth in the article.

    The three d-linemen who left were actually least effective down the stretch – it was why they were allowed to leave – and the replacements have huge potential.

    The offensive line that many say got worse will be a lot better if it simply can stay healthy. 18 games lost by starters – two tackles and the center. The rookies who filled in are now 2nd year.

    The receivers will be the problem for other teams. Last season, especially once Rice went down, Wilson had little speed outside. Now there is speed to burn. This means three things.

    1 – defenses can’t rush as fast or they’ll get eaten by screen passes that could go the distance.
    2 – defenses can’t stack the box which means the running attack will get even better.
    3 – defenses better not miss tackles because some of those passes that were 20+ yards last year will be TDs this year.

    Finally, everyone had better hope the offense doesn’t improve because the SB showed what happens if Seattle’s defense is turned lose with a lead.

  88. thefiesty1 says: Jul 22, 2014 5:52 PM

    It took long enough to post the inevitable. Top 3 not top one.

  89. crawfish2011 says: Jul 22, 2014 6:01 PM

    The NFC West is tough. I think they will beat each other up an the Saints will get homefield throughout

  90. superjay3282 says: Jul 22, 2014 6:03 PM

    PEYTON MANNING is the GREATEST QB of ALL-TIME!!!

  91. superjay3282 says: Jul 22, 2014 6:04 PM

    Seahawks are like the 85 Bears and 2000 Ravens…One and done team!!! Lets go Peyton Manning and DA BEARS!!!

  92. seatownballers says: Jul 22, 2014 6:04 PM

    I finally agree with norcalmafia for the first time in years

  93. senoreno says: Jul 22, 2014 6:07 PM

    The only thing seattle is ranked #1 in is ped suspensions..

    #RE-PED
    #TROPHYCASEISTHEMEDICINECABINET
    #NOCLEANTITLES
    #TRYITCLEANLYNEXTYEAR

  94. ancienthawkfan says: Jul 22, 2014 6:12 PM

    Nothing like winning to bring out the naysayers. Rankings don’t matter unless they are for playoff seeding. Those are the rankings that I care about. All this is fluff. Go Hawks!

  95. ydousuk says: Jul 22, 2014 6:17 PM

    Sea chickens have no deep threat and just an average QB.
    —————————————————–

    Harvin is healthy, and the Hawks drafted a kid named Richardson and he is very fast. Wilson has the best stats of any QB in the history of the NFL in their first two years…so get a grip sparky…

    Go Hawks

  96. largent80100 says: Jul 22, 2014 6:23 PM

    I hope we can do it, but dynasties are a rarity in the NFL.

    In the end we are the defending champions but we might not even win the division.

    But I’m confident there will be no slump. Go Hawks.

  97. mkelly534 says: Jul 22, 2014 6:25 PM

    @1phd says: For the last time the Seahawks do not pipe in noise. the stadium is built to amplify crowd noise. it’s called engineering. The Kingdome was also the loudest stadium in it’s day. People need to stop the whining. Cowboy up and deal with it. If your team is composed of soft players that cannot handle adversity then they will not be going to the Superbowl anyway.

  98. largent80100 says: Jul 22, 2014 6:33 PM

    I always lol hard when people say Wilson is average.

    Two seasons with a QB rating above 100, tied Peyton as the rookie with most TDs, most wins by a QB after his first two seasons, only 19 INTs compared to 52 TDs all of those are individual achievments, Wilson’s greatness is not measurable by his ring. He doesn’t belong to the elite four but he arguably at the same level as guys like Ben or Rivers.

    But he doesn’t throw for more than 4k yards and it isn’t the team’s best player, so, he must be average by some people’s logic. lmao

  99. madcapper6 says: Jul 22, 2014 6:46 PM

    andrewluck12: “It’s really hard to see a repeat. Playoffs? Probably. But they are not repeating.”

    After so many of you were wrong about them last year, I see you’re kidding yourself into thinking you have them all figured out this year too. You talk like it’s a done deal.

    What’s lame about posts like that is they are a dime a dozen. It’s easy to pick against a team since every team in the league faces long odds at the start of the season to win the Super Bowl. You’ll probably be right, but only in the same way a broken clock is right twice a day. It shows no insight at all.
    The real trick is guessing correctly which team actually WILL win the Super Bowl.

    By the way, what exactly are you basing your assumption on that they won’t win it again this year?

  100. tobis81 says: Jul 22, 2014 6:49 PM

    Look at all the scared Santa Clara trolls, lol!!!

  101. madcapper6 says: Jul 22, 2014 6:50 PM

    @senoreno:

    How many ped suspensions last year? Zero. Better try again. Denial of reality isn’t healthy.

    Face the fact that the Seahawks won the Super Bowl because they were the class of the NFL last year and better than your team. Reality bites sometimes I know.

  102. willyeye says: Jul 22, 2014 6:51 PM

    Careful what all you poor losers wish for. First, Sherman was the least thrown at CB in the NFL last year, by far if you figure per snap. Being the least thrown to means that this new rule will affect Sherman LEAST OF ALL. Sherman doesn’t hold like all of you think, and BTW, incidental contact is legal after 5 yards. If they actually start calling offensive PI like they are saying this will be a boon for the Seahawks secondary. Sherman will not be called for this any more than he was last season, and Browner, the worst offender is now on the Patriots.

    The most ironic thing of all, is that the Seahawks will only be involved in 6% of the games this season. That means in the other 94% of games, refs will be making terrible calls on all the other teams’ D’s all year long. I can’t wait to hear all of the poor losers on this thread spend the entire season whining about all the bogus calls against their D the previous Sunday. The Seahawks will be laughing all the way to the SB.

  103. jonnguy2014 says: Jul 22, 2014 6:52 PM

    As much as I hate to say this, Seahawks better than my Niners right now. Hopefully we can take back our division this year.
    GO NINERS, BUT GOOD LUCK HAWKS

  104. willyeye says: Jul 22, 2014 6:54 PM

    “senoreno says: Jul 22, 2014 6:07 PM

    The only thing seattle is ranked #1 in is ped suspensions..

    #RE-PED
    #TROPHYCASEISTHEMEDICINECABINET
    #NOCLEANTITLES
    #TRYITCLEANLYNEXTYEAR”

    For all the fans commenting about PED violations by the Seahawks from 5 years ago, here’s the current situation: during this past offseason, the Seahawks were able to unload via FA, two of the last three players on the team who had previously been suspended for violating either the NFL’s Performance Enhancing Drug (PED) Policy or the Substances of Abuse (recreational drugs) Policy. Only one player remains…Bruce Irvin, who was suspended for a violation of the PED Policy on May 17, 2013. Gone this off-season is Brandon Browner (to the Patriots), who was last suspended for a Substances of Abuse violation on December 18, 2013, after having been suspended on December 5, 2012 for a PED Policy violation. Also gone this off-season is Walter Thurmond (to the Giants), who was suspended on November 24, 2013 for a Substances of Abuse Policy violation.

    But there is a silver lining for Seahawk fans: the Seahawks have had ZERO PED violations in the last 12 months, and only one, the Irvin violation, in the past 18 months. After leading the NFL with 5 PED suspensions from December 2010 through May 2013, and after an apparent attempt to “clean house”, it appears the Seahawks are finally distancing themselves from the stigma of being known as the leading PED team.

    So here is a list of NFL teams and the number of PED violations they have had over the last 18 months:

    Redskins- 2, Eagles- 2, Colts- 2, Rams- 2, Vikings- 2, Jets- 1, Dolphins- 1, Jaguars- 1, Seahawks-1, Bengals- 1, Ravens- 1, Raiders- 1, Bears- 1, Giants- 1.

    Below is a list of the teams who have snatched up players with previous PED suspensions in the last couple of years:

    Talib- to NE and then to DEN; Wright- to S.F.; Cunningham- to S.F. and then to NYJ; Browner- to NE; Love- to MIN. The 49ers, who have not had any players on the PED suspension list over the last few years, but who also lead the NFL in signing players with previous PED suspensions, apparently had no qualms with signing Wright and Cunningham, both players who have been previously suspended. But everyone knows that the 49ers are all above reproach.

  105. sportnorcal says: Jul 22, 2014 6:58 PM

    Hard to argue with the defending SB Champs as the pre-season #1.
    Naturally I’m hoping for that #2 team to be above them come February.

    Great rivalry. We really dislike each other.

  106. juliusanonymous says: Jul 22, 2014 7:08 PM

    boomnutz says: Jul 22, 2014 4:40 PM

    It’s like flipping a coin, if you flip it once and its heads, you’re an idiot if you pick heads again – ok maybe not an idiot, but the probability suggests it should be tails.

    ————

    Aaahhh… the sweet sweet irony of someone calling others idiots shortly before espousing the flawed “Gambler’s Fallacy” as a betting algorithm.

    Las Vegas sports books make billions off of this type of bettor. And they laugh all the way to the bank.

  107. willyeye says: Jul 22, 2014 7:12 PM

    bluenose1965 says: Jul 22, 2014 4:06 PM

    Power rankings?

    How much of that power comes from PED’s?

    ____________________________________

    Not much after the Seahawks got rid of every problem player with one exception. The Seahawks haven’t had one suspension in well over a year. Kind of dumb to still be commenting on news from 4 years ago.

    So here is a list of NFL teams and the number of PED violations they have had over the last 18 months:

    Redskins- 2, Eagles- 2, Colts- 2, Rams- 2, Vikings- 2, Jets- 1, Dolphins- 1, Jaguars- 1, Seahawks-1, Bengals- 1, Ravens- 1, Raiders- 1, Bears- 1, Giants- 1.

    Below is a list of the teams who have snatched up players with previous PED suspensions in the last couple of years:

    Talib- to NE and then to DEN; Wright- to S.F.; Cunningham- to S.F. and then to NYJ; Browner- to NE; Love- to MIN. The 49ers, who have not had any players on the PED suspension list over the last few years, but who also lead the NFL in signing players with previous PED suspensions, apparently had no qualms with signing Wright and Cunningham, both players who have been previously suspended. But everyone knows that the 49ers are all above reproach.

  108. knew8411 says: Jul 22, 2014 7:19 PM

    There seems to be no room for a dark horse in all these preseason picks, by numerous pundants. This just kills me.

  109. johngaltwho says: Jul 22, 2014 7:29 PM

    Packers beat the Seahawks last 4 times they played and will make it 5 in a row this year:

    09/24/2012
    Green Bay Packers Seattle Seahawks
    CenturyLink Field (Seattle, WA)
    W 12-7 (Fail Mary game)

    12/27/2009
    Green Bay Packers Seattle Seahawks
    Lambeau Field (Green Bay, WI)
    W 48-10

    10/12/2008
    Green Bay Packers Seattle Seahawks
    Qwest Field (Seattle, WA)
    W 27-17

    01/12/2008 *
    Green Bay Packers
    Seattle Seahawks
    Lambeau Field (Green Bay, WI)
    W 42-20

  110. nosleeptilsb says: Jul 22, 2014 7:36 PM

    As we kick the door down to the start of the season, I hear Hannibals voice hollering, ‘Its the A-Team!!!’ Go Hawks!

  111. usdcoyotesfan says: Jul 22, 2014 7:36 PM

    largent80100 says: Jul 22, 2014 6:33 PM

    I always lol hard when people say Wilson is average.

    Two seasons with a QB rating above 100, tied Peyton as the rookie with most TDs…
    ————————————————–
    Actually, he should have been one TD short of Manning’s rookie record, if it wasn’t for the Fail Mary.

  112. leevi98 says: Jul 22, 2014 7:38 PM

    So basically we didn’t need these power rankings…pretty much just listed the results of last season without considering changes made on many teams..way to risk
    your neck on some predictions..

  113. juliusanonymous says: Jul 22, 2014 7:38 PM

    LOL… Packers fans crack me up. Still whining and crying about a game that happened TWO years ago? Involving a player who isn’t even a Seahawk anymore? Y’all should be crying to your rival Lions. That game didn’t even impact the Packers, who got completely beat down in the playoffs by the Niners.

    Green Bay is pathetic. It was an insult to match them against the Superbowl Champion Seahawks in Week 1. That game should have been SF vs Seattle, IN Seattle. Rematch of the NFCCG. Of course, the NFL realized that will be the best game of the entire season so they scheduled that for Thanksgiving.

    Packers… pfffffft. We’re going to send that team home shell-shocked and beat up, just a hollow shell of their former greatness, completely disillusioned at how completely the NFC West OWNS their pathetic team. Packers won’t see another Superbowl in another decade. They have to wait until the NFCW is done beating on each other for the rights to the Lombardi. Of course, that holds true for the entire NFL, so…

  114. pacificnw7722 says: Jul 22, 2014 7:39 PM

    RB Christine Michael and WR Paul Richardson will be UNSTOPPABLE this season…..mark it.

  115. leevi98 says: Jul 22, 2014 7:43 PM

    Seahawks fans crack me up…you won the SB once in a very close game and act like it’s a dynasty coming off 4 SB titles..sure the won the SB last year..congrats..enjoy it..they are good but not dominate ..and can be bounced from the playoffs as easy as they won close ones…if Lynch goes down…Seahawks will be in trouble…

  116. snoqualmkanem says: Jul 22, 2014 7:43 PM

    senoreno says:
    Jul 22, 2014 6:07 PM
    “The only thing seattle is ranked #1 in is ped suspensions..”

    Try again, only 1 current Seahawk ever suspended for PED use.

  117. winninaintsinnin says: Jul 22, 2014 7:46 PM

    NFL should fix their records.

    Seems like they have the Hawks beating GB in 2012.

  118. freetxtryan says: Jul 22, 2014 7:49 PM

    A repeat is very possible. The challenge is protecting Wilson again this year. But then again, his ability to run and pass pushes this team over the edge.

  119. bullcharger says: Jul 22, 2014 7:51 PM

    usdcoyotesfan says:
    Jul 22, 2014 7:36 PM
    largent80100 says: Jul 22, 2014 6:33 PM

    I always lol hard when people say Wilson is average.

    Two seasons with a QB rating above 100, tied Peyton as the rookie with most TDs…
    ————————————————–
    Actually, he should have been one TD short of Manning’s rookie record, if it wasn’t for the Fail Mary.

    ———–

    Wilson is way above average, but he isn’t on the elite tier though. The Super Bowl showed that he isn’t that great yet. All he had to do was play decent and he had the MVP, but he didn’t play well in that game. I have no doubt he will be great for years to come.

  120. johngaltwho says: Jul 22, 2014 8:08 PM

    Wilson is the real deal – As a Packer fan, I watched him in Wisconsin and knew he was gonna blow Matt Flynn out of the water. That said, when the Seahawks actually have to pay him a superbowl winning QB salary along with a few other upcoming paydays, they’ll see how hard it is to put together a team that is competitive year after year.

  121. rho1953 says: Jul 22, 2014 8:22 PM

    They could repeat, but that doesn’t mean they will. A lot of things have to go right to win back to back titles. They probably won’t stay as healthy as they did last year, and they are going to get the best of everyone. I suspect they won’t repeat. It should be fun to see how it goes.

  122. snoqualmkanem says: Jul 22, 2014 8:30 PM

    “Packers beat the Seahawks last 4 times they played and will make it 5 in a row this year:

    09/24/2012
    Green Bay Packers Seattle Seahawks
    CenturyLink Field (Seattle, WA)
    W 12-7 (Fail Mary game)”

    Love it that you are still bothered by the “fail mary”.

    You do remember that Rodgers was put on his back five times in the first half alone?

    Green Bay self-destructed in that game.

    Do you also remember some of the phantom calls that went against Seattle… one of which led to the Packers score?

    Nice revisionist history, but the Seahawks won that game.

    The play was reviewed by the NFL and it was said it was a good call.

    Hope it keeps on bothering you though…

  123. infectorman says: Jul 22, 2014 8:45 PM

    The play was reviewed by replacement refs, who knew as much about NFL officiating as a little league baseball umpire.

    What a joke that game was.

    The best part was watching Pete Carroll’s cheerleader mini-skirt bounce up and down as he sprinted down the sidelines, frantically waving his green and blue pom poms as Seadderal “won” the game.

    Rah rah rah, sis boom bah, Pete!
    Rah rah rah!

  124. titimium says: Jul 22, 2014 8:53 PM

    Their offense relies a bit too much at times on Mr Lynch. Mr Nutjob will pull a Randy Moss one way or another. Either he’ll stop being effective due too much mileage, or like Randy during his glory times with the Raiders, he just won’t play hard due to his contract. Or maybe a darn reporter will ask him a question and he’ll run far away. We’ll see how cool Coach Pete is when Nutjob’s production is exceeded by his distractions.

  125. thefox61 says: Jul 22, 2014 8:57 PM

    All I gotta say is…

    G O S E A H A W K S !

  126. omeimontis says: Jul 22, 2014 9:22 PM

    It is understandable that, because of the one-sided score in the Super Bowl, most sportswriters will not go out on a limb and rank the Seahawks below the number one spot. Nevertheless, this offseason has been disastrous for them, as they had to cut players or allow them to leave as free agents. No matter how good your team is, no team can withstand the kind of losses that have suffered and not be weakened. Exactly how much weaker they are is a question that can only be answered when the season opens. Until then, all the rankings are mere guess work. Games are not played on paper, so these rankings are meaningless. What we do know is that the Seahawk roster is not going to be able to absorb injuries and suspensions as they did last year. Marshawn Lynch pleaded guilty to reckless driving to avoid a trial on drunk driving charges. Not sure if or how many games he will be suspended for that guilty plea. Any game that he misses can be a potential loss to the team. With San Fran and Arizona in the same division, the Seahawks cannot afford any unexpected losses if they hope to gain home field advantage throughout the playoffs.

  127. Norseman says: Jul 22, 2014 9:25 PM

    As Super Bowl winners last year, they get the de facto nod as the top team until the season starts.

    Beyond that, I don’t see the Seahawks repeating. Still a good team, but last year was a freak, not the start of a dynasty.

  128. hawkstradamus says: Jul 22, 2014 9:48 PM

    The repeat is assured. The threepeat in Santa Clara will be the icing on the cake.

  129. snoqualmkanem says: Jul 22, 2014 9:51 PM

    “The play was reviewed by replacement refs, who knew as much about NFL officiating as a little league baseball umpire.”

    Actually no.. it was reviewed by of all people.. Mike Pereira.

    If you want to go frame by frame you will see that Golden Tate has his arm between the ball and the defenders chest.
    Both players have simultaneous control of the ball.
    As you may/may not know… ties go to the offense.

  130. jayfish6402 says: Jul 22, 2014 10:00 PM

    I don’t think that the Hawks are in for another Super Bowl this year. Don’t get me wrong…the Hawks are a great team, but another Super Bowl shouldn’t happen this year. Richard Sherman is way overrated he’s not really that great and I have no clue how he even made the voting for the Madden Cover

  131. taintedsaints2009 says: Jul 22, 2014 10:10 PM

    I said Russell Wilson played like Tom Brady in the superbowl, and I believe Russell Wilson will be this decades Tom Brady. Sure, he may not have the manning stats, but he is going to win multiple superbowls. He is like a Tom Brady that scrambles.

  132. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 22, 2014 10:18 PM

    Seadderall may have one more year at top before they have to pay more people but I still see SF and NO as better….

  133. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 22, 2014 10:18 PM

    not much offense other than Beast

  134. jerrytown says: Jul 22, 2014 10:21 PM

    The Hawks are a great team, I just don’t like them. Most of that comes from the fact tat I can’t stand Pete Carroll. Can’t respect a guy who bailed on the team that he made his name with after sanctions were about to be put into place. And I just feel like he oozes sleaze. He encourages his players to be arrogant showboaters, and the fans of the team have followed suit. I swear I’ve never heard a peep out of Seahawks fans until a couple years ago…they’re new to winning so I give them a pass, but show some humility. Only the Steelers have more arrogance in their stands, but at least they have the history to call for it.

  135. samhackney says: Jul 22, 2014 10:31 PM

    No repeat in sight! They were awesome last year, very fun to watch! It’s tough to repeat in this league, and it takes some luck. I think they will be a top caliber team, fun to watch, but New Orleans may be the most talented team in the league this year (their upgrades in the off season were insane)!

  136. samhackney says: Jul 22, 2014 10:35 PM

    Wilson isn’t elite. The Seahawks win despite him at QB. He doesn’t make mistakes often, but he’s not asked to do anything other than hand the ball to Marshawn, and scramble (Seattle puts him in a position to use his strength’s and doesn’t ask much of him). Defense and a strong running game (throwback football) still win games! He’s on the right team!

  137. mamaknowschild says: Jul 22, 2014 10:39 PM

    The most common statement that opposing coaches have said about the Seahawks is “their surprised how fast the team is”, in the NFL that’s saying something. The general consensus is the 2014 version is faster than last year. Trolls take heed, this team may not win the Super Bowl ( I wouldn’t bet on it though) but they’ll make damn sure it’ll be a fight to the end, so let’s see if your team can keep up.

    #allaboutthataction

    Go Hawks (fan since ’89)

  138. simonator917 says: Jul 22, 2014 10:42 PM

    I like the ‘hawks, but I think the Super Bowl will be Pats v. Saints.

  139. jdrewsy says: Jul 22, 2014 10:43 PM

    Better Offense. Revamped Defensive Line. More Depth at LB. LOB is still LOB!!! Go Hawks!

  140. pak1forgb says: Jul 22, 2014 11:16 PM

    I love the passion but all of this dynasty talk smacks of Vikings fans. Actually win a couple championships before you start smoking you own poles. Best team in football last year? Absolutely…but the season is long when the target is on your back and your division is murderers row.

    Good Luck Hawks
    See you opening day

  141. christinemh80 says: Jul 22, 2014 11:39 PM

    First, I want to say that I am a huge Seahawks fan. I was very excited to have been able to get my 9 year old into Russell Wilson’s passing accademy (a great team building and self-esteem building camp for any child at any age). My youngest was able to meet Russell as well. Richard Sherman and Percy Harvin were there too dancing away with the kids. The Seahawks are amazing, they have accomplished so much, even with the adversities season after season. We are young and can quickly bounce back after injuries. We are a roudy bunch and that is what I love. I was so heartbroken to see Tate go, and in fact I do hope that after his contract with the Lions he comes back to Seattle. I don’t think we are cheaters, and in fact if we want to address this, do we talk about the Steelers win to the 2005 Superbowl or how Tomlin stepped onto the field without knowing, or other incidents throughout football history. It is plain stupid and yet we continue to justify the losses to cheating. How about the other team was better than yours? What about the fact that we have the heart rather than the wallet to show for the skills? Finally, why can it be just a win? Focus on the aspect of the game, skills, and maybe luck…..Does this mean that we will win the Superbowl? Maybe, maybe not. We have lost a lot of key players; however, we have also gained some considerable assets to build a powerful team. This will be another great year and I am stoked to get football on my TV again. GO HAWKS!

  142. 12hawksfan1976 says: Jul 23, 2014 12:12 AM

    “Ignore the noise.”

    “Go 1-0 every week.”

    “Championship mindset.”

    –Russell Wilson, Super Bowl XLVIII Champion

  143. speicher145 says: Jul 23, 2014 12:57 AM

    Of course, they won the Super Bowl last year. Who didn’t see that coming? Green Bay gonna shuffle the spots up after week 1.

  144. tribe9erfansince2011 says: Jul 23, 2014 1:46 AM

    The Butt Hurt Is Strong

  145. RegisHawk says: Jul 23, 2014 6:59 AM

    The play was reviewed by the League in the days following the game. The League backed the call made on the field. At most, they pointed out that Tate had OPI that should have been called, but wasn’t…you know, like Crabtree tried on Sherman in the NFC CG.

  146. RegisHawk says: Jul 23, 2014 6:59 AM

    We’ll see how cool Coach Pete is when Nutjob’s production is exceeded by his distractions.

    Harbaugh doesn’t play for the Seahawks.

  147. hdavid55 says: Jul 23, 2014 8:21 AM

    Good article well researched…Seattle’s youth will be tested early…1st 3 games against playoff teams…GB, San Diego and Denver….roster depth is what got Seattle to the playoffs last year…this year will be no different…they actually picked up two guys with experience to compete for backup guard too in the offseason. You didn’t mention Norwood or Lockett concerning receivers…I think both make the team…not Rice…Tharold Simon (redshirt last year) is another stud CB…LB’s are stronger than ever…(Toomer, KPL)
    Go Hawks

  148. gohawks7 says: Jul 23, 2014 9:33 AM

    Green Bay is going to see just how far from the top they are after week #1. 35-14 Seattle.

  149. trailbreaker77 says: Jul 23, 2014 10:19 AM

    It will be interesting to see how long Seattle can compete with the highest paid Saftey, Corner back and soon to be Quaterback.

  150. usdcoyotesfan says: Jul 23, 2014 11:35 AM

    Do you also remember some of the phantom calls that went against Seattle… one of which led to the Packers score?

    Nice revisionist history, but the Seahawks won that game.

    The play was reviewed by the NFL and it was said it was a good call.

    Hope it keeps on bothering you though…
    —————————————————-
    You mean the legit pass interference call on Kam Chancellor when he hit the receiver early?

    It’s not like the NFL would ever do anything like cover up for their referees. They have too much integrity to do that.

  151. rick359 says: Jul 23, 2014 1:40 PM

    Seattle 43

    Denver 8

    Hmm, sounds like Seattle has an offense to me….

  152. hawktawker says: Jul 23, 2014 2:06 PM

    Seattle Seahawks championships – 1
    Santa Clara 49ers championships – 0

    BAAaaaHAAaaaaa!!!

  153. gohawks7 says: Jul 23, 2014 2:12 PM

    Sea and SF are ranked right where they should be. The gap between them is small. The gap between 1/2 and 3/4 is big. Denver has no business in the top 5. They benefitted by playing a schedule that was by far the easiest in the league last year…and this year they have a much tougher schedule. I don’t see Manning getting nearly as many yards this year. 50% of his yards last year were after the catch…against bad defenses. This year he won’t be as lucky….plus he loses Moreno and Decker (Sanders will take targets away from Demarius, as there are only so many passes downfield Manning can make now).

  154. cobaltdriver says: Jul 23, 2014 2:26 PM

    How come football fans cant ever just man up and be realistic?

    why..cuz they are all 10 year old Viking fans who know nothing of football

  155. johnnylujack says: Jul 23, 2014 2:58 PM

    Lol, every pro-Seahawks post gets showered with likes. Anything vaguely objective gets flamed.

  156. 1greatusername says: Jul 23, 2014 3:16 PM

    Looking forward to the first game of the year. Seahawks D vs Packers O should be fun to watch. Not as excited about Packers D vs Seahawks O.

  157. singletrack74 says: Jul 23, 2014 3:24 PM

    Well, this is what happens when you dominate in the Superbowl.
    Still basking in the SB win and an amazing season.
    I still like being the underdogs though..I believe this team wants to win again which makes me even more excited for this next season. Which will be a brutally tough schedule.

    GOHAWKS

  158. blowoff2014 says: Jul 23, 2014 11:16 PM

    Sherman is one of the brightest guys around.

    If he has to make adjustments, he will, and still dominate.

  159. pistolpete0903 says: Jul 24, 2014 2:04 AM

    Red Auerbach: A champ is a champ until they are beaten…and these guys are champs.

    Love the Packers….hope to see the NFL kicking off on a cracker-jack of a contest.

  160. nflpropickemking says: Jul 24, 2014 10:18 AM

    14-2 at best……..11-5 at worst…….

  161. pksoze says: Jul 24, 2014 11:18 AM

    First, the Seahawks are a great team and were the youngest SB winner. People thinking they are going to miss the playoffs(barring catastrophic injuries)this year are just silly.

    Still this is the NFL not the NBA and being the best team does not guarantee you a championship. It is extremely hard to win Super Bowls even for great teams.

    Would it shock anybody if the Seahawks repeated no, but would it also shock anybody if a dark-horse team got hot at the right time and won the SB?

  162. davehommes says: Jul 24, 2014 12:57 PM

    Seahawks deserve to be #1, but to be honest it will be hard for them to repeat more teams will attack Loud mouth sherman (if you have to tell people your the best than you probably are not) and they play in the nastiest division in football 6 games of tough defense. I just can’t see them surviving this year. There’s a reason why teams don’t repeat. The niners time is up they had 4 chances and didnt do it kap will never win a superbowl they shouldve kept with Alex. I am not a seahawks fan either i don’t like them because of sherman overreacting to everything.

  163. pantherpro says: Jul 25, 2014 12:21 PM

    SeaPeds are one year wonder . Nobody cares about you outside of your rainy miserable city unlike the Miners loved everywhere!

    Kap

  164. tformation says: Jul 25, 2014 5:00 PM

    Gotta give props where they’re due. I was one of the few who actually enjoyed watching that Super Bowl. Watching Peyton kept in check was masterful… no blitzing of a QB? In the super bowl? Amazing.

    Also, as long as Russell Wilson is their QB, I’ll watch every game I can. The kid is fun to watch.

  165. nrns77 says: Jul 27, 2014 8:46 AM

    They lost a bunch of players and there is another year of tape for teams to analyze. Look for 10-6 and an early playoff exit. Truth dart. Suck it.

  166. politicallyincorrect says: Jul 28, 2014 9:46 AM

    Other than a healthy Harvin, which does not happen often, Beast is the Seahawks only offensive weapon, or legit NFL starter….

    Seahawks blowing it….. why pay a role player like Sherman and not a legit star?

  167. jose4040 says: Jul 29, 2014 7:51 PM

    Typical. People that always do the power rankings, majority if not always pick the Last team who won the Super Bowl to be the #1 Team in the power Rankings. No one picked Seattle last year and look what happened. Show that they have no clue.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!