NFC WEST 2016 SEASON PREVIEW
Sept 1st, 2016
Seattle is good on offense again but has noticeable holes. The O-line has been a work in progress it seems for the last three seasons and this year Seattle is forced to start first round draft pick Germain Ifedi. It’s not all bad though, after Russell Wilson is in the house with the same receiving unit from last season, a perfect blend of size and speed. TE is an issue, with Jimmy not really that close. Even at full health it’s questionable whether or not he can fit into this offense and while we’re on the topic of offense, no one knows how this running game will be until we see the RBs in live action. For the first time in forever, Russell Wilson will take this entire offense on his shoulders.
This unit is scary good and returns almost every starter from last season. What’s even more amazing than the fact they were able to stay together is the high level that they have played at over the years. CB Richard Sherman is still one of the best in the league, and leads a secondary with no turnover. That has to count for something, and this team will be almost impossible to score on. The battle for the NFC West this season should be one of epic proportions.
Brandon Browner is back, and ready to be plugged in to the LOB (Legion of Boom) defense he helped create. Browner measured out as one of the worst DBs in coverage last season, but the entire Saints defense was atrocious. This could very well be a revival for Browner, whom most Seattle fan could never forget.
It’s got to be Christine Michael. Michael may or may not be the starter, as Thomas Rawls is injured, but he will have plenty of opportunity get touches. Michael has been on short lists for the last three seasons as a potential break-out candidate, but has failed to meet expectations. It’s fair to say, he’ll get his, and if he’s great, Seattle will be unbeatable.
Even at perfect health Jimmy Graham is still not guaranteed to be productive. Let him be another owner’s problem. The running game is deep in Seattle, but it’s with unproven talent, so buyer beware. Tyler Lockett is your man for cheap consistent volume. Everyone else will cost you exactly what they should, but Lockett will out produce his price tag, so sign up for a little Lockett action on draft day.
This team matches up well against every team they play defensively, but it will be tough to get up for every game week in and week out. Trips to the Jets and Patriots could be problematic, but will let them know where they stand. The Rams always play them so touch, and a split with the Cardinals should be expected. Traveling across the country to play at Lambeau in December, likely isn’t something their that excited about either, but they have to play the game. 11-5 and tied for the division lead with Arizona, will be good enough to earn the top Wild Card spot.
The Seattle Seahawks are a -10.5 point home favorite in week 1 vs. the Miami Dolphins. Get all of your NFL week 1 odds in the PST Odds section.