Now that the NFL has released the full schedule for 2021, we can all really start to look forward to each and every game and ponder just how the Seahawks will fair in each match-up, all seventeen of them.
Can they make the playoffs again? Can they retain their NFC West title?
With the extra game in this regular season, I think it will take 13 wins to retain the Seahawks NFC West title and ten wins to secure playoff spot. So the burning question for Seahawks fans is how many wins can the ‘hawks accumulate from their 2021 schedule?
Without any further ado, let’s take a look at each game with my view on that game, who are the key players in each game, where it can be won or lost and a score prediction.
Game by game analysis of the Seahawks schedule
Week 1 at Indianapolis
Week 1 games are notoriously difficult to predict, and this one will be even trickier, one team with a new QB, the other with a new OC and both coming into the game off a shortened preseason. Using my own ratings these teams are almost exactly evenly matched. I give Seattle a rating of 77.86 and Indianapolis a rating of 77.75.
The only place where there is a clear edge for either team is that Russell Wilson is a significantly better QB than Carson Wentz, even though I like Wentz and think he was the victim of an awful offensive line in Philly. Whereas the Colts running attack is clearly stronger than the ‘Hawks equivalent.
As I say this is going to be a close one, and Russell Wilson will need one of his better games to be the difference maker and will need to be given time to do by the Seattle offensive line. But on balance in an evenly matched game, I have to give the home team the edge.
Russell Wilson and the offensive line
Prediction Colts 27 Seahawks 24 (Seahawks 0-1)
Week 2 vs Tennessee
The Titans had made some really good additions on defense via the draft, so getting them early in the season before the rookies find their feet could be a good thing for the ‘hawks.
Derrick Henry is their offensive star and if the Seahawks can limit him to 70 yards or less they should be able to get a victory here.
Key Seahawks in the game
Poona Ford and Al Woods
These two need to block up the interior running channels for Derrick Henry.
D.K.Metcalf and Tyler Lockett
The star receivers need to exploit the inexperienced but talented new embers of the Titans secondary.
Prediction: Seahawks 27 Tennessee 21 (Seahawks 1-1)