4-7-14: How active should the defending Super Bowl champions be in free agency? Probably about as active as the Seattle Seahawks were. Seattle let overrated wide receivers Golden Tate and Sidney Rice go, while refraining to overpay to keep aging defensive players like red Bryant, Chris Clemons and Brandon Browner. Walter Thurmond III was their lone tough loss to swallow, although the Seahawks arguably made up for it by re-signing defensive lineman Michael Bennett in Seattle. Seattle remains stacked on defense and will merely need to round out that side of the ball with depth in the draft. Wide receiver will undoubtedly be their main focus on offense.
3-21-14: How can the defending Super Bowl champions get better in free agency? How about by standing pat? Seattle lost a slew of quality players, as they had to let the often injured Sidney Rice go, while under-utilized wide receiver Golden Tate fled to the Detroit Lions for more money and a bigger role. The Seahawks were able to keep defensive end Michael Bennett, but had their secondary robbed by the open market, losing Walter Thurmond III and Brandon Browner to the Giants and Patriots, respectively. While some of the losses sound bad, Seattle actually wisely pinched their pennies and stood true to the way they got to be champs in the first place: by building through the draft.
2-3-14: Super Bowl 48 could not have gone any better for the Seattle Seahawks. They entered with the same game plan and same base defense that got them to 13-3 and earned them a trip to the Super Bowl, and they knew they had a tough task in an equally imposing 13-3 Denver Broncos team.
Perhaps Seattle just wanted it more. Whatever the case, this game was all about cashing in on opportunities and flexing muscle, as the Seahawks hit the Broncos hard early and often, and were able to strike first on a safety. From that 2-0 lead on, Seattle never eased off the brakes and certainly never looked back.
The Seahawks ultimately forced four total turnovers and found a way to score in every possible way a team can in pro football: by safety, return touchdown, defensive touchdown return, via the ground and through the air.
It was a total team effort that could have had anyone win the MVP award, but linebacker Malcolm Smith got the nod thanks to nine tackles, a fumble recovery, and an interception returned for a touchdown. Percy Harvin was a lightning rod with a kick return for a score to start the second half and arguably deserved some consideration, while quarterback Russell Wilson put up over 300 passing yards and two touchdowns, while playing mistake-free football.
Everyone knew we were in for a show in this year’s Super Bowl, but perhaps only Seahawks fans figured the end result could be something like the 43-8 blowout we ended up getting. The 35-point difference tied for the third largest in NFL history, and helped put the final spin on a game that never felt close at any point, and was never contested in score, either.
Denver had some opportunities to get on the board or stop the bleeding, but ultimately failed in every situation. Ultimately, Denver’s pass protection was shaky, they couldn’t run the ball, they were caress with the ball and they couldn’t finish tackles.
The Broncos’ inability to win their individual matchups and execute properly played a hand in Seattle’s dominance in Super Bowl XLVIII, but it arguably was a small part. Seattle came out as an enforcer, looking to establish contact and get the Broncos off their game. That’s exactly what happened, and with Denver failing to hit back and keep the Seahawks on their toes, this game ended up being incredibly lopsided.
Even a narrow, hard-fought win would have done the trick for Seattle, though, as the franchise earned their first Lombardi Trophy ever in just their second Super Bowl appearance. And after their first go at a Super Bowl was marred in controversy, this one seems all the sweeter.
Like any other team, the Seahawks have a few decisions to make about 2014, while it’s hard to believe them being this healthy again for a second season in a row. With that said, from what we saw on Super Bowl Sunday, it’ll be awfully hard to bet against the Seahawks heading into next season - making a repeat trip to the promised land a realistic possibility.
1-22-14: The Seattle Seahawks are a facade, no more. It was only three years ago when the Seahawks took the league by storm with Marshawn Lynch turning into “Beast Mode”. And it was just last season that third round pick Russell Wilson became a revelation en route to a 11-5 record and divisional round clash with the Atlanta Falcons.
Wilson and co. picked up right where they left off in that narrow road defeat, as they went 13-3 in 2013 despite having a massive target on their back. In fact, with all three losses coming by a touchdown or less, it’s even conceivable that this Seattle team could have vied for a perfect season.
There they were in their own backyard, though, with the game on the line and the defense nursing a 23-17 lead. Instead of getting buried by Colin Kaepernick in the final seconds, Richard Sherman and the ‘Hawks defense stepped up, made a play, and pushed the Seahawks into Super Bowl 48.
A team of emotion and passion, Seattle isn’t at first glance everyone’s pick to hoist the Lombardi in two weeks.
However, boasting the league’s top-ranked defense, Sherman and co. probably have the best chance at topping the Denver Broncos in this year’s Super Bowl.
Win or lose, head coach Pete Carroll has instilled a deep-rooted confidence and swagger in Seattle, the kind that will leak into 2014 and make the Seahawks Super Bowl contenders yet again - regardless of what happens on Super Bowl Sunday.
1-15-14: With Seattle’s passing game sputtering, running back Marshawn Lynch put his team on his back once again, rushing for 140 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-15 win over the visiting New Orleans Saints. Despite not topping 100 rushing yards since week 10, Lynch came through in the clutch, including with under three minutes to go, when he popped off a 31-yard touchdown to extend Seattle’s lead to 23-8. A late Saints touchdown and onside kick made things interesting until the end, but Lynch made sure Seattle got the last laugh in a game that was truly all Seattle.
Percy Harvin made his second appearance of the 2013 season and racked up four total touches before being knocked out of the game with a concussion. Seattle will likely need him for the NFC title game if they hope to extend their playoff run and reach the Super Bowl.
12-31-13: The Seahawks needed to secure a week 17 win to lock up the number one overall seed in the playoffs. Luckily they were facing the St. Louis Rams. Marshawn Lynch ran for 97 yards and a touchdown and the Seattle defense did the rest as the Seahawks got to 13-3 with a 27-9 home win.
12-24-13: It’s not often that the Seahawks play poorly at home - much less lose a game. Both happened in week 16, though, as Seattle was stifled on offense by an aggressive Arizona Cardinals defense and the Seahawks couldn’t capitalize on four Carson Palmer interceptions in a 17-10 loss.
12-17-13: The Seattle Seahawks dominated every facet of the game in week 15, as they picked off Eli Manning five times and shutout the New York Giants, earning a big 23-0 win on the road. Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson both chipped in a touchdown on offense, helping Seattle to their 12th win of the year.
12-10-13: Russell Wilson wasn’t his amazing self, but he tossed a touchdown and help the Seahawks pull ahead over the San Francisco 49ers. Unfortunately, Seattle had to look on as 49ers kicker Phil Dawson knocked in the game-winning field goal with under 30 seconds to go. Marshawn Lynch added over 70 rushing yards and a touchdown in the narrow 19-17 defeat.
Seattle had the Saints figured out from the word go in week 13, as they jumped out to a 17-0 lead and really never looked back. Russell Wilson got the job done on offense with over 300 passing yards and three touchdowns, while Seattle’s blistering defense held Drew Brees under 200 passing yards in a 34-7 win at home.
11-19-13: Marshawn Lynch was the best running back on the field in week 11, as he ran for nearly 80 yards and two touchdowns in a big 41-20 win over Adrian Peterson and the visiting Minnesota Vikings. Percy Harvin made his Seattle Seahawks (and 2013) debut, as well, catching a 17-yard pass and bringing a return 58 yards to provide a welcomed spark on offense and special teams.
11-12-13: The Seattle Seahawks just keep taking care of business. After two eyebrow raising close wins over lesser opponents, the ‘Hawks marched into Atlanta and took care of business in all facets, topping the Falcons, 33-10. Seattle’s defense was stifling as usual, while Marshawn Lynch paces the offense with a whopping 145 rushing yards and a score.
11-5-13: Down 24-7 in the third quarter to the winless Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks had every reason to doubt themselves and fold. The problem for Tampa Bay, however, is they didn’t. Wilson blocked out two earlier interceptions and accounted for all three of Seattle’s touchdowns to force overtime with just under two minutes remaining. After the Seattle defense held strong in overtime, Wilson continued his late-game surge by guiding the ‘Hawks down the field for the winning field goal, giving Seattle a huge comeback and a 27-24 overtime win at home.
10-30-13: The Seahawks were expected to run the St. Louis Rams out of their own stadium in week eight. Instead, they needed a goal-line stand against Kellen Clemens to escape with a win on Monday Night Football. Russell Wilson tossed two touchdowns that helped earn the win, but took an incredible seven sacks as the ‘Hawks barely hung on to get to 7-1 on the year.
10-22-13: Seattle rebounded from a loss to the Indianapolis Colts to get a 34-22 in the desert against the Arizona Cardinals. Instead of the defensive battle that many expected, Russell Wilson tossed three touchdowns to give Seattle a 31-13 lead late in the game. Arizona would make a small run late in this one, but in the end they couldn’t make up for allowing Wilson’s scores or letting Marshawn Lynch (91 yards and a touchdown) run all over them.
10-15-13: The Seattle Seahawks probably should have beaten the Tennessee Titans by a landslide in week six, but freakish happenings and poor play only allowed a narrow 20-13 win at home. A blocked field goal that got returned for a touchdown made this one 10-10 at the half, but Seattle turned to stud running back Marshawn Lynch and pushed the Titans out of the way in the second half. It wasn’t easy, but Lynch racked up 77 hard-earned yards on 21 carries and scored what would be the decisive touchdown to help get the ‘Hawks to 5-1 on the season.
10-8-13: The Seattle Seahawks had been the talk of the NFC as they entered week five, and for much of the first half against the Colts, that talk was only growing louder. Seattle struck early and used a blocked punt to record a safety and notch a 12-0 lead in the first quarter. They then leaned on Marshawn Lynch and Russell Wilson, who mostly had their with with the Indianapolis Colts run defense, as they piled on 102 rushing yards a piece. Unfortunately, despite leading all the way until the middle of the fourth quarter, the Seahawks fell behind 31-28 and could never recover.
10-1-13: The Seattle Seahawks were an impressive 3-0 after three weeks, but after two quarters in their road game against the Houston Texans, it was looking like they would finally have a blemish on their 2013 record. Instead, despite digging themselves into a formidable 20-3 hole, Seattle slowly chipped away. Marshawn Lynch got Seattle right back into it with a rushing score with just under eight minutes remaining, while Richard Sherman tied the game up at 20 thanks to a poorly thrown ball by Matt Schaub, in which the Seahawks’ star corner took all the way for a touchdown. That helped forced overtime, where Seattle withstood two Houston drives to march down and kick the game-winner, giving them the 23-20 win on the road.
9-18-13: This weekend’s most hyped match-up was easily in Seattle on Sunday when the Seahawks hosted the division rival 49ers. It was a game that most “experts” predicted would be a close one, but the Seahawks had other plans. The game did start out as a tight contest, with the Seahawks taking a small 5-0 lead into the half. The second half, however, was all Seahawks as they outscored the Niners 24-3. Russell Wilson completed 8 of just 19 passes for 142 yards, a TD and an interception. Marshawn Lynch ran it 28 times for 98 yards and two TDs in the win. On the defensive side, Seattle held the 49ers to just 207 total yards and picked of Colin Kaepernick 3 times. The Seahawks look to improve to 3-0 next week when they host the Jaguars.
9-10-13: With Russell Wilson and Cam Newton going toe-to-toe in week one, some thought this game would have a lot of offense, but those people would have been mistake. This one was all about the defense as the Seahawks won their open 12-7. The ‘Hawks defense held Newton to just 125 passing yards. It took late-game heroics to seal the deal for the ‘Hawks, though, as Wilson topped off his 300+ passing yard day with a scoring strike to Jermaine Kearse to finalize a 12-7 victory at Carolina. Then, with 5:25 left on the clock, Seahawks safety Earl Thomas forced DeAngelo Williams to fumble the ball at the Seahawks 8 yard line. Seattle was then able to run out the clock and secure the win. Next week, Seattle hosts the 49ers on Sunday Night Football in one of the most highly anticipated early-season games.
9-3-13: Here are the Seahawks final roster cuts as the ready themselves for the 2013 regular season: QB Brady Quinn, CB Antoine Winfield, FB Michael Robinson, WR Phil Bates, DT Michael Brooks, DT Dewayne Cherrington, WR Arceto Clark, TE Darren Fells, DB Winston Guy, WR Chris Harper, TE Cooper Helfet, DT Jaye Howard, G Rishaw Johnson, DT Clinton McDonald, TE Sean McGrath, DB Ron Parker, LB Ty Powell, G Ryan Seymour, DE DeShawn Shead, DT Sealver Siliga, G Jared Smith, WR Bryant Walters.
8-21-13: The Seahawks made it 2 for 2 on the preseason with an impressive 40-10 win over the Broncos in Seattle on Saturday. Jermaine Kearse was the star of the game, catching one TD pass and also returning a kickoff 107 yards for another score. Russell Wilson completed 8 of 12 passes for 127 yards and two touch downs. He also ran it once for 10 yards. Brandon Browner also returned a fumble 106 yards for a touchdown.
The Broncos defense had no answers for the Seahawks as they racked up 33 first-half points to head into halftime with a 33-7 lead. The lone Broncos TD was an 11-yard pass from Peyton Manning to Wes Welker. In the second half, the Broncos reserves could only muster a 33-yard field goal by Matt Prater. Next week, the Seahaws head to Green Bay to take on Aaron Rodgers and the Packers.
8-11-13: Seattle opened up their 2013 preseason schedule with a 31-10 win over the Chargers in San Diego. Russell Wilson attempted just six passes, completing two for 23 yards. Tarvaris Jackson was 8 of 9 for 128 yards and 2 TD, and Brady Quinn was 6 of 11 for 59 yards and a TD. Rookie RB Christine Michael carried the ball 16 times for 89 yards, and fullback Spencer Ware scored Seattle's only TD on the ground.
Next Saturday the Seahawks host the Broncos at CenturyLink Field.
8-3-13: The Seahawks and Early Doucet have agreed upon a one-year deal.
7-10-13: As if the Seahawks weren’t already heavy favorites to make a deep playoff run in 2013, the team swung a sweet trade to land wide receiver Percy Harvin, making their balanced offense even harder to defend. They still need to improve their pass-rush on defense, but adding defensive end Michael Bennett could go a long way in getting the job done, while they still boast one of the best secondaries in the entire league. As long as quarterback Russell Wilson can avoid the sophomore slump, the Seahawks should contend for the divison title.
6-12-13: Seattle was a big-time surprise in 2012, and that had everything to do with an elite defense and a stud rookie quarterback in Russell Wilson. It was supposed to be Matt Flynn under center, but it was instead the athletic third-round pick who helped raise the Seahawks to playoff relevancy, and almost got them to the NFC title game. This year, Wilson should only be better, while the acquisition of electric wide receiver Percy Harvin should only assist Wilson in taking Seattle’s offense to new heights. Throw in the Seahawks’ elite secondary and a hopefully improved pass-rush, and Seattle should contend for the NFC West crown and make another deep playoff run.
Seahawks 2013 Draft Overview:
Round 2, Pick 30 (from Baltimore): Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M
Round 3, Pick 25: Jordan Hill, DT, Penn State
Round 4, Pick 26: Chris Harper, WR, Kansas State
Round 5, Pick 4 (from Detroit): Jesse Williams, DT, Alabama
Round 5, Pick 5 (from Oakland): Tharold Simon, CB, Louisiana State
Round 5, Pick 25: Luke Wilson, TE, Rice
Round 6, Pick 26: Spencer Ware, RB, Louisiana State
Round 7, Pick 14 (from New Orleans): Ryan Seymour, OG, Vanderbilt
Round 7, Pick 25: Ty Powell, DE, Harding
Round 7, Pick 35 (Compensatory Selection): Jared Smith, DT, New Hampshire
Round 7, Pick 36 (Compensatory Selection): Michael Bowie, OT, NE Oklahoma State
1-9-13: Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson showed a ton of poise and leadership skills from the very beginning of the season and onward into the playoffs. After an impressive comeback win in Washington during the NFC wild card game the Seahawks will now head into Atlanta to face the #1 seeded Falcons. Seattle has won six games in a row including the playoffs and they are red hot. Unfortunately they will not be able to use their 12th man-like home crowd this postseason, but they have no doubts in themselves and their capabilities. If the Seattle pass rush can put pressure on Matt Ryan and the Atlanta Falcons, they will have a good chance to keep the score close and win the game on the road.
12-4-12: With three out of the next four games to finish the season being at home, the Seahawks will rely on their proclaimed ‘12th man’ to get into the playoffs for the second straight year. Rookie Quarterback Russell Wilson will lead his team against the Arizona Cardinals this week, a team that mustered up only 6 points against the Jets in New York. Last week the Seahawks put together an impressive overtime win in Chicago against the Bears.