Seattle Seahawks 2012 Schedule
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After a painfully slow start to the season, the Seahawks started playing winning football in the second half of the year as Marshawn Lynch turned on the Beast Mode and just as important, the defense started coming together. Young corners Brandon Browner and Richard Sherman were pleasant surprises and their size, and physical play, make them potential long time starters on the outside.
However, it wasn’t just the corners that played well in the backfield as free safety Earl Thomas took another step towards stardom, and second year strong safety Kam Chanellor proved versatile (97 tackles last year) by lineup in different spots on the field.
Other standouts like linebacker K.J. Wright, Red Bryant, Brandon Mebaine and pass rusher Chris Clemons give this team a foundation to build on as a playoff hopeful, in the future.
Points From The Passing Game
As long as Lynch is in good shape and healthy, this offense will clearly go through him once again, but the passing game will be a continued work in progress. First off, we will have to find out who wins the starting job in pre-season. Matt Flynn was signed in free agency, and one would think he should start but Tarvaris Jackson showed progress as the season moved along, not to mention he played with a pectoral injury.
One thing we can say about Jackson in his time with Minnesota and Seattle, is that he’s had to battle to get any starting opportunity, and I believe that’s made him a competitive player who won’t back down from a challenge.
Whoever wins the job will need to hope that Sidney Rice can stay healthy and avoid his concussion problems from last year. While Rice can give this team the occasional vertical threat, it’s second year receiver Doug Baldwin that will likely lead the team in targets and receptions. Baldwin was one of the better receivers on third down, in the league in his rookie year, and he seems to be a short to intermediate receiver who can be trusted to find ways of getting open, with good route running.
While the 49ers will be the favorite to win the division this year, I have no doubts that Seattle will continue to give them spirited competition and will likely win in Seattle this year.