After winning the Superbowl last season do the Seattle Seahawks have enough about them to win back to back Lombardi's?
Key Man : Marshawn Lynch
There is lots of talk about the Seahawks throwing the ball more this season and there is lots of talk about Christine Michael planning a bigger role in a committee running back system. Even if this is true, and I'll see it when I believe it, Marshawn Lynch is still key to the Seahawks offense.
The Seahawks were one of the most run heavy teams in the NFL last season. In the 2013 season the Seahawks had 509 attempted rushes and they took those attempts for 2188 yards at an average of 4.3 yards per attempt. In contrast they had 420 passing attempts that went for 3236 yards at an average of 3236 yards.
Of those 509 rushing attempts 301 of them were given to Lynch. That is just under 60% of carries that went to Lynch. Russell Wilson was next and Richard Turban came after him. Even if Lynch's carries are reduced to keep him fresh and even if the Seahawks throw the ball a bit more. Lynch is going to get plenty of work.
Is he still up to it though? Lynch didn't have a great pre-season what with his hold out and generally mercurial attitude. Whatever happens though Lynch's form is key to the success of the Seahawks season.
Biggest Strength : Legion of Boom
Seattle may like to run the ball but the rest of the NFL does not. To win the Superbowl the Seahawks are almost certainly going to have to beat some or all of the following ; the Packers, the Patriots, the Saints and Broncos. What do these teams all have in common?
They all have a great QB who is going to throw the ball. The Seahawks are not afraid of this though because, they have the best secondary unit in the NFL. The likes of Sherman, Chancellor, Thomas and Maxwell can shut down any passing attack in the NFL. The Legion of Boom was and remain the Seahawks biggest strength.
Biggest Question : How much do they want to win?
In the other articles in this series such as the one the above heading has been “Biggest Weakness” but that does not seem appropriate when we are talking about the Superbowl Champions the Seattle Seahawks.
The biggest issue facing the Seattle Seahawks is not a weakness, they have proven they can go all the way, it is a question of desire. How much do they want to win it? Winning the title is one thing but winning it a second time back to back is exponentially harder.
Are the Seahawks like Richard Sherman and Michael Bennett content to sit back and count their money or are they hungry for more? Do they want it enough? I am sure they would say yes but the proof is going to come on the gridiron.
Week one matchups against the Packers and week three matchups against the Broncos will be a stern test of the Seahawks desire but even if they lose those two games the Seahawks will have more than enough to win the NFC West ahead of the 49ers.
Prediction : 14-2