Published: Wed, November 16, 2016
Sport | By Scott Davis

Are the Seattle Seahawks destined for Super Bowl success this season?

Are the Seattle Seahawks destined for Super Bowl success this season?

Since selecting quarterback Russell Wilson in the third round of the 2012 NFL Draft, the Seattle Seahawks have blossomed into a dominant franchise.

Pete Carroll’s side have defied the odds to reach the Super Bowl in two of the last three years and Wilson could be set to lead the Seahawks into the postseason for the fourth successive campaign – their latest win on the road against the New England Patriots will certainly do their confidence no harm as the business end of the season approaches.

Seattle’s record under Wilson speaks for itself; the Seahawks have won 41 of their 51 regular season games since their franchise quarterback took over as quarterback. Wilson is one of the NFL’s most talented stars and his ability to keep plays alive outside of the pocket gives Seattle the edge on offense.

While they may not boast a star-studded group of wide receivers, the Seahawks have enough competent options in the skilled positions to move the chains and give Wilson the chance to make plays.

When Wilson is good, he’s REALLY good. He has struggled to get back to his brilliant best this year after nursing an injury in the early stages of the campaign but he looked very sharp in Seattle’s victory  over the Patriots in Week 10.

So far, Wilson has completed 66.8% of his pass attempts, throwing for 2,442 yards and 10 touchdowns. Incredibly, he has thrown just two interceptions – a key reason for their 6-2-1 record. Ultimately, fewer turnovers means more opportunities to keep the offense on the field.

With running back Thomas Rawls set to return from injury, Wilson may be about to benefit from added space on the outside. Tight end Jimmy Graham has been a revelation for Seattle this season, recording 593 yards off 42 catches in nine appearances.

To put his current form into perspective, Graham managed just 48 receptions and 605 yards in 11 games in 2015. If he continues to record around 65 receiving yards on a weekly basis, space should open up for Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett and Jermaine Kearse – and Wilson could profit out of the backfield if opposing line backers and safeties drop back in coverage.

But let’s be honest, Seattle’s recent success has largely been down to their elite defensive unit. The ‘Legion of Boom’ have rivalled some of the greatest defences in NFL history over the last few years, with the likes of Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor shutting down some of the biggest names in the sport on a regular basis.

The Seahawks are renowned for bringing pressure upfront and that helps their ball-hawking secondary to make game-changing plays at key moments. In fact, Seattle have boasted the strongest and meanest defence in the NFL for quite some time now...

If the Seahawks can continue to inspire confidence on defence, Carroll will be confident of leading Seattle to a third Super Bowl in four years. As of November 16th, the NFC West leaders are priced at 6/1 with Betway  to win the showpiece event at the end of the season and they will almost certainly be there or thereabouts.

With the Arizona Cardinals faltering, the Carolina Panthers struggling for form and the Green Bay Packers in disarray, the NFC is there for the taking and Seattle could well secure home advantage throughout the playoffs – and we all know how imposing CenturyLink Field can be in January.

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Seattle have gone quietly about their business in the first half of the year and they tend to come alive in the closing stages of the campaign. And with Wilson now back at full fitness, the Seahawks may reap rewards as they hunt down a second Super Bowl title.

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