1st Place Teams
With a first place schedule, the Seahawks will face the defending champs of the NFC South and East: New Orleans Saints and Washington Football Team.
One of these games is a trap game. Every year, the Seahawks fall into the trap game and drop a dud. Last year in Week 13 against the New York Giants without their starting quarterback, the Seahawks struggled mightily. I expect their game against Washington to be very similar to that New York game of last year.
It is no secret Washington doesn’t have a reliable starting quarterback, but their defense got better in the offseason and I expect them to wreak some havoc in Week 12. Although it is a primetime game, I am picking Washington to upset the Seahawks.
On what will be their third straight primetime game, I am picking the Seahawks to defeat the Saints in Week 7. Losing Drew Bree’s dramatically changes the direction of this Saints franchise. Combine that with the cap hell that the Saints were in — resulting in letting players go — New Orleans will look like a different team this year.
While I do think Jameis will be successful this season, I do not expect the Saints to be a playoff team. They will most likely finish close to .500, with one of their losses coming to the Seahawks.
With the NFL adding a 17th game to the regular season, the Seattle Seahawks will head to Pittsburgh to take on the Steelers. Last year, Pittsburgh got off to a great start, but finished slow and got bounced in the Wild Card round. A large part of that was their lack of run game, which they addressed in the draft.
I anticipate both of these defenses playing well in this game. It’s in mid-October, which means we will probably see one of those games with a lot of three and outs followed by a late Russell Wilson game-winning drive that gives Seattle the win.