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Tuesday, July 11, 2006

2006 Divisional Predictions Part 8

NFC West

1. Seattle Seahawks

SEAOver the last 10 years the Super Bowl loser has not returned to the playoffs. Will Seattle continue that trend or break it? They have in their mind that the ref’s gave the Steelers the game and, true or not, that should provide plenty of incentive to return to the playoffs. Seattle could easily win the division again, knowing the recent trends we are apprehensive, however, with the off season moves they made we could see them making another run. It will be a race in the West for sure, first time in a long time.

The off season saw the strange loss of G, Steve Hutchinson to Minnesota. The use of the loopholes to make it impossible for Seattle to match was what was strange about it. This was a huge loss for the Seahawks. Filling in for him will be crucial as the side of the line that was Jones and Hutchinson was RB, Alexander’s bread and butter. Other notable departures were DE, Rodney Bailey (Pit), CB, Andre Dyson (NYJ), WR, Joe Jurevicius (Cle), and S, Marquand Manuel (GB). To offset these losses and sure up the gaps already existing the Seahawks signed T, Tom Ashworth (NE), LB, Julian Peterson (SF), WR, Nate Burleson (Min), DT, Russell Davis (Ari) and DE, Kemp Rasmussen (Car).

In drafting, the Seahawks took defensive players on day one selecting CB, Kelly Jennings and DE, Darryl Tapp with their 1st and 2nd round picks. Day two was offensive as they selected a G, FB, P and WR with their remaining choices.

The Seahawks could have the post Super Bowl losers bad season as has been trended by the last 10 years of Super Bowl losers, but we think they have done enough to offset their losses and have a fire in their belly from the way they lost the Super Bowl to still win this division, but it will not be as easy as it was in the past as Arizona and St. Louis are closing the gap – any misstep by the Hawks and they could easily be 3rd.

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