Key Additions: Jason Myers, Ezekiel Ansah, Mike Iupati, Al Woods, Nick Bellore, L.J. Collier, Marquise Blair, DK Metcalf, Cody Barton, Gary Jennings, Phil Haynes, Ugo Amadi

Key Returns: K.J. Wright, D.J. Fluker, Mychal Kendricks

Key Departures: Earl Thomas, Justin Coleman, Shamar Stephen, J.R. Sweezy, Mike Davis, Kam Chancellor, Brett Hundley, Doug Baldwin

Week 1Sept. 8th 4:05 PM ETvs. Cincinnati Bengals (CBS)
Week 2Sept. 15th 1:00 PM ET@ Pittsburgh Steelers (FOX)
Week 3Sept. 22nd 4:25 PM ETvs. New Orleans Saints (CBS)
Week 4Sept. 29th 4:05 PM ET@ Arizona Cardinals (FOX)
Week 5Oct. 3rd 8:20 PM ETvs. Los Angeles Rams (FOX)
Week 6Oct. 13th 1:00 PM ET@ Cleveland Browns (FOX)
Week 7Oct. 20th 4:25 PM ETvs. Baltimore Ravens (FOX)
Week 8Oct. 27th 1:00 PM ET@ Atlanta Falcons (FOX)
Week 9Nov. 3rd 4:05 PM ETvs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (FOX)
Week 10Nov. 11th 8:15 PM ET@ San Francisco 49ers (ESPN)
Week 11Bye Week
Week 12Nov. 24th 8:20 PM ET@ Philadelphia Eagles (NBC)
Week 13Dec. 2nd 8:15 PM ETvs. Minnesota Vikings (ESPN)
Week 14Dec. 8th 8:20 PM ET@ Los Angeles Rams (NBC)
Week 15Dec. 15th 1:00 PM ET@ Carolina Panthers (FOX)
Week 16Dec. 22nd 4:25 PM ETvs. Arizona Cardinals (FOX)
Week 17Dec. 29th 4:25 PM ETvs. San Francisco 49ers (FOX)

The Seattle Seahawks finished the 2018 season with a 10-6 record and a close playoff loss to the Dallas Cowboys, which surprised a few people since it seemed the Seahawks were trending towards a rebuild after losing some big pieces in heading into the season. As much as the Seahawks impressed me last year, I hate to say I think this year they will struggle.

The bread and butter last year for the Seahawks was the running game and the offensive line did a phenomenal job with Chris Carson and Rashaad Penny. I think the rushing attack will be the primary part of the offense again, but I don’t expect we will see the success as last year when they were the league-best as the Seahawks averaged 154.9 yards a game.

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(Seahawks Wire / Lindsey Wisniewski)

Last year the passing game struggled for megastar Russell Wilson and the Seahawks as they finished 26th in passing yards per game (195.2). Losing Wilson’s number one receiver is going to hurt, but on the brightside it’s Tyler Lockett’s time to show he can be a WR1. The Seahawks also brought in DK Metcalf through the draft, but I don’t see an immediate impact in the passin game, especially since there’s so much he needs to work on. Offensively, it’s going to be a struggle for the Seahawks, but they are still going to find a way to make big plays.

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(SI / Charlotte Carroll)

Defensively, the Seahawks were average as they gave up an average of 21.8 points (13th) and 354.9 yards (19th). I’m not going to be sold this year on the defense either as they lost Kam Chancellor to retirement, Earl Thomas to the Baltimore Ravens and Justin Coleman to the Detroit Lions. That’s a huge hit to the defense and now are going to have to rely on some young guys. The only thing I could possibly say for these young guys is that there’s no better team in the league that could develope the secondary like the Seahawks, so Tre Flowers, Bradley McDougald, Tedric Thompson, and Shaquill Griffin could be bound for a great year.

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(Total Seahawks / Google News)

The strength of the defense is the front seven, especially the linebackers. We all know how good Bobby Wagner is and just him could cause havoc, but beside him is a healthy K.J. Wright and Mychal Kendricks, who both misses a lot of the 2018 season. Both of them healthy provides an instant upgrade for the defense. The Seahawks also upgrade their defensive line by drafting L.J. Collier and signing Ezekiel Ansah and Al Woods. I’m not all in on Woods as his resume doesn’t stand out, but I expect his partner Jarran Reed to have a great year once he comes back from his six-game suspension.

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I’m not big on the Seahawks this year. They play in a tough division a great Los Angeles Rams and improved San Francisco 49ers team. I’m not a big fan of their schedule as they take on the Steelers, Browns, Falcons, Saints, Eagles, and Vikings. The Seahawks got some tough games, but a big key to their schedule is they have five primetime games, which includes four consecutive primetime games towards the end of the season. The Seahawks are 26-5-1 under Pete Carroll in primetime games, so that’s pretty good. This year the Seahawks will remain competitive, but they will take a step back and hope to find something big in the 2020 offseason to get back to the playoffs.