Do the quarterbacks have the weapons to make the playoffs?
Many predictions have the Seahawks winning seven to nine games, similar to the 9-7 campaign of last season. They question whether the young backfield and veteran receiving corps can make plays on a consistent basis. Wilson will rely on Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett downfield.
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Lockett just signed a three-year extension but has a leg injury that could sideline him for the opener against Denver. Baldwin is in his eighth season and is a comfortable target for Wilson. Another question will be if Wilson can depend on inexperienced tight ends. The days of having 6′ 7″ Jimmy Graham to throw to are gone.
Wilson typically does a nice job of protecting the football. This year’s version of the Seahawks offense will need to keep the turnovers down and control the football. Brett Hundley has had limited time with his new team. Any early season injury to Wilson will pose even more of a challenge than it normally would.
Hundley played in 11 games last season and started nine, subbing for the injured Rodgers. He threw nine touchdowns to go with 12 interceptions, as the Packers went 3-6 with him under center.
The Seattle Seahawks have a different aura than in years past but can certainly surprise some teams this season. The NFC West has a loaded Los Angeles Rams team and an upstart San Francisco 49ers squad with QB Jimmy Garoppolo leading the offense.
Quarterback play will dictate who wins the division. Seattle opens their season in Denver against the Broncos where they will have a decided advantage at quarterback, as they will with most teams.