May 27, 2014; Renton, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll watches during organized team activities at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Seahawks Will Need to Be On Their 'A' Game to Start the 2014 NFL Season

The Seattle Seahawks are obviously one of the favorites to go back to the Super Bowl in 2015, returning the majority-core of their winning roster from last season. They won’t have much time to ramp it up if they want to make the return trek and end up in Glendale, AZ next February.

Right out of the gate, the first three games are going to test the new version of the Hawks as much as any three-game stretch this season. Green Bay still feels like they should have been in Seattle for the NFC Championship last season and they are not happy about getting basically no respect this offseason as a Super Bowl contender. A fully-healthy Aaron Rodgers and Co. will be out to make a major statement in Seattle on week 1.

The Hawks then get to travel to San Diego to face Phillip Rivers and the Bolts. Finally acclimated to head coach Mike McCoy, this is the year San Diego feels they can finally get back to an AFC Championship after making it to the Divisional round in 2014.

After that it’s a Super Bowl rematch with Denver and we know Peyton Manning and the Broncos will be focused. Not only that, Denver simply loaded up with a huge free agency that was clearly focused on winning the big one should they make it back and face the Seahawks (or 49ers) this season. Names like Aqib Talib, Demarcus Ware, T.J. Ward and Emmanuel Sanders were added and no expense was spared.

It doesn’t get easier as I’ll preview shortly, but basically the schedule doesn’t take a break after a week 4 bye and the boys from the Bay come calling twice in three weeks around Thanksgiving. A new starting right tackle (possibly left guard as well), some new and basically new weapons that are sure to change the dynamics of the offense at least a little bit at receiver, some new pieces on the defensive line…

You get it. The Seahawks could be the best team in the West, the NFC and the entire NFL. But it’s not easy to repeat in this league and while the Hawks did get more dynamic, all of the NFC West got better this Summer. We can expect some real slug-fests within the division and plenty of scenarios could see Seattle playing at least one game on the road in this season’s Playoffs.

We all know the Seahawks are much better on the road than in the past, but they are still not the team out there that they are at home, so these early tests out-of-division are crucial to the success of the season for Seattle.

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  • JohnPaul Sein

    Challenge accepted! !!

  • Erockalypse

    A game!? That’s absurd, I swear we got to the super bowl last year by winning an NFL addition of family fued.

    • JohnPaul Sein


    • AllCoug’dUp (Joshua Davis)

      “A” Game. At their best. Not that difficult to figure out.

      • Erockalypse

        Really!? No way!.I can only laugh at you at this point.

      • Erockalypse

        In case you’re in need of it being spelled out. What was joked about was them making it to the superbowl from winning a game of family fued. And not because of their “A” game. The dense is strong with this one. I apologize for leaving out the serious air quotes.

  • Paddy

    It’s going to be brutal, but wildly entertaining to start the season. I do think the middle of the season looks favorable on paper, but the end of the season is where the division is going to be won or lost. It’s going to be imperative to not get beat up during those final 7 games (Eagles and Chiefs worked in there too along with all division rivals). The run DL in terms of stuffing the run and OL’s in terms of giving Wilson time need to do their part better than they did last year.

  • HD

    The good news is that Seattle faces GB and Denver at home…the 12th man should help the defense against the high powered offense of both teams….San Diego is the perfect first road game…they are a good club and will be running a more up tempo offense as GB is supposed too as well…This will allow Seattle to see how their D line holds up at fast tempo…which they’ll face again with Philly later in the season…sandwiched between the 49ers…Seattle will find out early if their redshirts on the D line are contenders or pretenders…both GB and Denver likes to bring their LB’s on the blitz…we’ll find out if the O-line has the right stuff early….I really think Seattle will actually have better depth at a number of positions on both sides of the ball…but until we see game situation it’s really positive speculation at this point…Go Hawks !