2014 Seattle Seahawks Preview: Five Stories to Watch

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Aug 28, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman (25) looks on during the first quarter of the game against the Oakland Raiders at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

The dominance of the defense

The Seahawks are known for their defense. Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas, Kam Chancellor and company are regarded as one of the deepest, most talented squads in the league.

Can the 2014 season live up to the hype? Or was 2013 a one-hit wonder?

Defenses have to stay healthy, and the loss of one of two key players can cripple certain teams. The general assumption is that the Seahawks have the depth to withstand a certain amount of personnel loss, but there are limits.

On paper, this defense should be at the top of the NFL in a number of defensive categories. Still, the ‘Hawks will have to execute and hope that the new defensive holding “point of emphasis” won’t hurt the team’s effectiveness.

Defense, in theory, still wins championships. If the Seahawks can play defense, they can get to the Super Bowl again.