Seahawks tough strength of schedule has a favorable trend

SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 1: Quarterback Russell Wilson
SEATTLE, WA - OCTOBER 1: Quarterback Russell Wilson /

After the conclusion of an NFL season, the future opponent’s winning percentage is calculated and every teams strength of schedule is revealed. For the Seahawks, they face the fifth toughest schedule in 2018 and 12s should exude optimism.

Seahawks Strength of Schedule Computed

The 2018 Seahawk season features a few of the best in the NFL based on their 2017 records. While the perception can be viewed as daunting, Seattle fares better under these circumstances.

As an illustration, the teams on the schedule combined record was 134-122, which was a winning percentage of .523. Furthermore, everyone on the agenda was either a playoff team or on the verge of a wildcard in 2017. On the contrary, there were a few who were not in the running, for example Arizona.

Historically, the Seahawks have thrived against a tougher schedule

For all the visual learners out there, the tweet below shows the strength of schedule for the Seahawks in the quarterback Russell Wilson and Pete Carroll era.

As the table breaks down, a difficult road to the playoffs elevates the level of play by Seattle with fewer trap games. With this in mind, the poor combined record of opponents in 2016 provided more let down games for the Seahawks.

Two games to reference: the Eagles on Sunday Night Football compared to the Washington Redskins. Both games in the safe confines of CenturyLink Field, but two different Seattle teams showed up to play. An opponent can alter one’s mindset and performance.

Seahawks in 2018

The upcoming season is a few months away and changes are bound to happen. Not to mention, the uncertainty of several Seahawks players, who are beloved by 12s. Nonetheless, there is a certainty that the teams on the schedule are up to par with the competition Seattle needs.

The proof is in the statistics, better competition translates to increased performance for the players on the field.

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Seattle’s 2018 Opponents