Ahead of the new NFL season, the question for the Seahawks is - can they build on last season’s momentum?
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|NFL 2023/24 season
|September 8th, 2023 - February 11th, 2024
|To win Super Bowl LVIII +2800, to win the NFC +1200, to win the NFC West +220
The 2022 season was a surprising one for the Seattle Seahawks.
Following the departure of Russell Wilson for the Denver Broncos, there wasn’t much expected of Seattle heading into the year.
In fact, the Seahawks were projected to be one of the worst teams in football prior to Week 1, but Seattle managed to surpass all expectations by making the playoffs, thanks to a breakout season from Geno Smith.
Now in the second year of Smith as the starting quarterback for Seattle, can the Seahawks build on last season’s momentum and potentially contend in the NFC?
Given the weakness of the conference and a strong offseason from Seattle, it’s certainly possible.
2nd NFC West (9-8). Lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the Wild Card round.
While some regression could be expected after exceeding expectations last fall, the Seahawks are in a good position to contend for a playoff berth in the weak NFC once again.
The NFC West is down from a season ago, with the Arizona Cardinals and expected to finish with losing records per their respective win totals.
And while the San Francisco 49ers are supposed to reign supreme at the top of the division, they still have serious questions at the quarterback position and have been an injury-prone team in recent years.
Seattle should expect to finish above .500, but it wouldn’t be a surprise if the Seahawks contended for the NFC West crown.
The Seattle Seahawks sit in the middle of the pack in the odds at+2800 to win the Super Bowl.
They are +220 to win the NFC West, -125 to make the playoffs, and have the fifth-shortest odds to win the NFC at +1200.
Rookie receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba is +2000 to win Offensive Rookie of the Year, and running back Zach Charbonnet is +2500.
Rookie cornerback Devon Witherspoon, the fifth-overall pick in the 2023 draft, has the joint-third-shortest odds to win Defensive Rookie of the Year at +800.
Wide receiver DK Metcalf is +4000 to lead the NFL in receiving yards and +2200 to lead the league in receiving touchdowns.
Quarterback Geno Smith is +4000 to win the MVP award.
Pete Carroll is once again back as the head coach for the Seattle Seahawks.
The long-time coach has experienced great success in Seattle, including a pair of Super Bowl appearances and a championship back in 2014.
Since he was hired in 2010, the Seahawks have qualified for the playoffs nine times, clinched their division five times and have generally been a winning franchise throughout the 2010s and now into the 2020s.
LB Bobby Wagner (Los Angeles Rams)
DE Dre'Mont Jones (Denver Broncos)
S Julian Love (New York Giants)
DT Jarran Reed (Green Bay Packers)
LB Devin Bush (Pittsburgh Steelers)
C Evan Brown (Detroit Lions)
RB Rashaad Penny (Philadelphia Eagles)
LB Cody Barton (Washington Commanders)
DE L.J. Collier (Arizona Cardinals)
S Johnathan Abram (New Orleans Saints)
S Ryan Neal (Tampa Bay Buccaneers)
WR Marquise Goodwin (Cleveland Browns)
Geno Smith was undoubtedly the biggest reason why the Seahawks overachieved a season ago.
Smith had a terrific season under center, ending up in the MVP conversation midway through the year, en route to tossing 30 touchdown passes and winning the Comeback Player of the Year.
He’ll need to be excellent once again this season for Seattle to be successful.
Tariq Woolen isn’t the biggest household name out there, but the Seahawks cornerback had an excellent season in 2022, grabbing a team-high six interceptions along with 63 total tackles and a pair of fumble recoveries.
Woolen is expected to miss time rehabbing an injury until training camp, but we should expect another strong season from Seattle’s leader in the secondary.
Speaking of secondary players, Devon Witherspoon should make an immediate impact in his rookie season.
The 1st round pick out of Illinois shone in his final season in the Big Ten last fall and should be a player that can join the likes of Woolen, Jamal Adams and others in the Seattle secondary as a cornerstone piece to build around for the long haul.
On the other side of the ball, Jaxon Smith-Njigba could’ve gone a lot higher in the NFL Draft if he didn’t miss most of the 2022 season with a lingering injury.
The explosive wideout was a star at Ohio State and clearly was the best receiving option in a receiver corps that had both Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson in the 2021 campaign.
With DK Metcalf taking up a lot of attention on the other side, expect a breakout season from Smith-Njigba in the pacific northwest.
Odds displayed within this article were correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.