Predicting the Seahawks second half; game by game

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The second half of the Seattle Seahawks season officially begins this week as they come of their bye week rested, healthy, and presumably ready to tackle the task of getting themselves back into the NFC playoff race. Their primary focus should be on trying to win the division. Here’s how the NFC West currently looks:

  1. Arizona 6-2
  2. St. Louis 4-4
  3. Seattle 4-4
  4. San Francisco 3-3

As you can see the opportunity is clearly there. As bad as the season started for Seattle, Arizona has failed to put more distance between themselves and the rest of the division, thus leaving the door wide open. After dealing with a brutal schedule over the first eight games, the Seahawks face one of the league’s easiest schedules in the second half, and they get to start with three games at home.

So now that the stage is set, here’s my Seattle Seahawks Second Half Prediction, broken down game by game:

WEEK 10: Home vs. Arizona

It goes without saying (but I’m going to say it anyway) that this is the pivotal game in the Seahawks 2015 season. Lose and  they’ll essentially be 4 games behind the Cardinals when you factor in the tiebreaker. That, and the Rams get Chicago at home this week, so you’d likely be sitting in 3rd place, two games behind St. Louis. Not a good place to be.

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That being said, these are the types of games Seattle is built for, and has thrived on the last few years. They’ll come into the game healthy, inspired, and motivated to send a message to the talented but inconsistent Cardinals that they can’t assume they’re the new lead dogs in the division just yet.

Look for the defense to keep Arizona largely in check. The offense will do just enough to push the Hawks to their first winning record of the year.  Seattle wins 23-17 (Record 5-4)

WEEK 11: Home vs. San Francisco

It won’t matter if it’s Kaepernick or Gabbert. This one will be a much-needed blowout and a good chance for the offense to really start to click.  Seattle wins 31-10 (6-4)

WEEK 12: Home vs. Pittsburgh

When the schedule first came out this game looked both awesome (first Pittsburgh visit since the 2006 Super Bowl) and scary. But now Le’veon Bell is on Injured Reserve and Ben Roethlisberger has been ruled out “a few weeks” with a foot sprain.  At first the team feared it was a very serious Lisfranc injury. Let’s assume he misses this game, which means the Seahawks will get to face Mike Vick or Landry Jones at QB. Seattle wins 27-13 (7-4)

WEEK 13: At Minnesota 

The Vikings are 6-2 and undefeated at home. They’ve done it with defense, tied for 2nd in the league (with Seattle) allowing only 140 points. But the offense ranks 30th overall in the league and QB Teddy Bridgewater is 32nd in passer rating. Seattle wins 17-10 (8-4)

Nov 1, 2015; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Ravens running back Justin Forsett (29) runs with the ball during the game against the San Diego Chargers at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

WEEK 14: At Baltimore

This one is really difficult to judge. The Ravens have been perhaps the leagues biggest disappointment. Picked to go to the Super Bowl by many preseason publications, Baltimore is 2-6 and there are rumblings that coach John Harbaugh may be on the hot seat.

I think the Seahawks match up well with this team, and I’m assuming their offense continues to improve. This is scheduled as a night game at the moment, but it’s possible it will be flexed out. Seattle wins 24-20 (9-4)

WEEK 15: Home vs. Browns

Is there a chance the Hawks could overlook the Browns with two massive division games looming on the horizon?

Not a chance. Not this team when they’re rolling and can see the prize that lies ahead.

Plus…… it’s the Browns. Seattle wins 34-10 (10-4)

Next: Weeks 16 & 17: How do they finish?