Seattle Seahawks: Is 15-1 Out of the Question?

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Is it?

Recent suspensions and all aside, a 15-1 record is not out of the question for the Seattle Seahawks.

Once again the team finds itself on national television as it takes on the Saints next Monday before departing for two road games. The first road game comes against Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers who own a record of 0-2 versus Seattle with Colin Kaepernick under center. After that showdown, Seattle will travel to the east coast for a test against New York where the Giants will be playing with nothing to lose.

Then the team will finish up at home with winnable games against division-foes Arizona and St. Louis.

Here’s a breakdown of the remaining games and why 15-1 isn’t out of the reach.

 

New Orleans

 

This game, and the San Francisco game, will be the Seahawks’ biggest remaining challenges. While the Niners game might be more difficult because it’s played in San Fran, as opposed to Seattle, the Saints game will provide the better test moving forward. If a record of 15-1 is reached (if I had a nickel for every time I said that), Pete Carroll’s squad will, in all likelihood, wrap up home field advantage and a bye in the playoffs. The perks of this are that the team gets to host at least one home game in the postseason. Should they win that game, the Conference Championship game would be played in their stadium the following week. Basically, the road to the Super Bowl will run through that city, or in this case, Seattle. The Saints are the kind of team the Seahawks will need to beat at home in order to advance in the playoffs. Testing themselves against the Saints at home before the playoffs will be excellent preparation for the team.

The Hawks can win the game by shutting down the Saints’ offensive weapons, plain and simple. If there was ever a team to stop Drew Brees and company, it would be the Seahawks. Even with the losses of Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond, Seattle is left with a deep secondary. Jeremy Lane and Byron Maxwell will be tested, but should they play to their potential, the Seahawks will be fine. The team has the personnel to cover Jimmy Graham and receivers like Nick Toon and Lance Moore.

If the Seahawks can execute at home against a playoff-caliber opponent like New Orleans, it will go a long way to show that they can finally take the next step and make it to the Super Bowl.

 

San Francisco

 

Oh, how this game will be fun.

You can bet that the 49ers and their fans will be up for this one after two humiliating losses in Seattle. The 49ers only win against Seattle in the last two seasons was a 13-6 yawner with Alex Smith at QB. This happened early last year in the Bay Area and is one of only three games to date in Russell Wilson’s career where he hasn’t thrown a touchdown. The Niners also got 131 rushing yards out of Frank Gore.

Something has to give.

Wilson isn’t going to be held off the scoreboard. Gore isn’t going to get anywhere near 131 yards and the Seahawks aren’t going to be touchdown-less.

The Seahawks’ QB has an 11-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio over his last six games and will put the pressure on Jim Harbaugh’s defense.

Steven Jackson and Adrian Peterson combined for 70 yards on 30 carries versus the vaunted Seattle defense over the last two games. Good luck Frank Gore. You’re going to need it.

It will be interesting to see how Kaepernick fares against the Seahawks at home for the first time in his career. The game will be close, but expect Seattle’s superb (5-1) road record to help them out in this one.

 

New York

 

The NFC East is so bad that, at 4-7, the Giants could still technically win it.

With an offense that is in the bottom ten statistically in most offensive categories, Eli Manning will look to throw, throw and throw. With all the absences in the Pete Carroll’s secondary, Manning could look to try and exploit them.

Despite a sliver of hope in terms of a postseason berth, this should be the Seahawks’ easiest remaining. The fact that it’s a road game could get Seattle acclimated with the city of New York ahead of a potential Super Bowl.

 

Arizona

 

One thing we know about Arizona is that they play tough at home, evidenced by last season’s win over Seattle in the desert. Another thing we know about Arizona is that they lay a goose egg on the road. Or at least in Seattle. After a 20-16 win in the desert last season Zona laid said goose egg with a 58-0 loss at Century Link Field. The Cardinals will be pushing for a playoff berth this time around, so don’t expect something as drastic as 58-0, but don’t expect anything too close.

 

St. Louis

 

At 6-5, the Rams are still in it, but at this point are probably looking at another lost season. They’ll look to replicate the success they had on the ground versus Seattle in St. Louis with rookie Zac Stacey. The Seahawks will be, and are, up to the task thanks to their much improved run defense (see ridiculous numbers above). The Rams have a tendency to play the Hawks tough, but Seattle will pull this one out. If home-field advantage is already wrapped up, don’t expect the starters to play a lot. Should this occur, it will be close, but still look for a Seahawks’ win.

Is 15-1 too far out of the question? Probably not.

 

What do you think? Is 15-1 too far out of the question? Give your $0.02 in the comments below.

Topics: Byron Maxwell, Jeremy Lane, Pete Carroll, Russell Wilson, Seattle Seahawks

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  • skeletony

    I would not underestimate Arizona or St. Louis. We very nearly got beat by them the last time the Hawks played against them and no one thought that was going to be much of a game either. I am not so worried about the Giants anymore because Dallas ended their chances at (yet another) late season run to the playoffs, so they have nothing really to play for and may be more worried about injuries to their starters than trying to beat a team who looks almost unbeatable to many.

    An elephant in the room here is this: If we lose the game to the Saints, that will likely end our chance at a Super Bowl. Yes, I know…the Hawks are a much better road team now and are as capable as anyone of winning games on the road. But let’s face it if we can’t beat the Saints HERE then we certainly will not beat them in their house in the playoffs.

    • HD

      I think the Saints have some real tests on their plate after Seattle…they play Carolina twice once at home and the Rams in St Louis…the Rams are tough at home as we know…All the D lines the Saints face are stout (they have a potential trap game against the Bucs to finish their season)…also Seattle, Carolina, and the Rams are very physical…how healthly will the Saints be after each of these games…..a couple of other things about the saints…they are playing with two back up corners…with the second guy Karr not practicing this week….also…the saints have strong starters on the D line…but no real depth after that…should someone go down that will make a difference with Ryan’s offense (look at KC losing 2 starters) Vacarro is a great safety…but other than that they are probably more vulnerable in their secondary than Seattle…I like Seattle this Monday after watching what Ryan did to their secondary last week in Atlanta…they were even able to run some…

      I’m not to concerned about the Giants…..I think Seattle has the 9ers number against Kap (we’ll see on the road)…I am encouraged seeing what Indy and Carolina did to the niners at home…pressure him and he makes poor choices…Seattle will be looking for Gore…….Arizona will be tough…they are a different team than last year and are playing great right now (if they win in Philly they will be even better)…I think Seattle will win but will be closer than people think….The Rams always play us tough (tomorrow will be interesting against the 9ers…the rams were embarrassed at home and normally play tough against the niners)…we probably will not need to win that game for home field…so that could be a loss with backups…

      • skeletony

        Good points. However, contrary to what (I think it was) Hawkman54 said, Harvin is doubtful.

        • HD

          Correct…only 25% chance…just found out a few hours ago…

  • Hawkman54

    What does last year have to do with this year? This is by far the toughest stretch of games the Hawks have. Lets Hope they can persevere, especially Monday night. They win that game and one more and they will end up with home field . No way NO beats Carolina twice !