Seattle Seahawks 2017 NFL Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart

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Seattle Seahawks 2017 Preview

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The Seattle Seahawks have consistently been one of the teams to beat in the NFL after making deep playoffs runs the last five years and that includes winning the NFC in two of the last four years. We’ve seen a little slippage from Pete Carroll and company the last two years, but the Seahawks are clearly one of the more talented teams in the league once again.

Will the Seahawks keep this playoff run going?

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Here’s the Seattle Seahawks 2017 NFL preview.

Key Player Losses: Offensively, the only player the Seahawks lost was offensive lineman Garry Gilliam, who is now in San Francisco, after starting 30 games in three years with Seattle. The Seahawks also kept their defense in order but did lose kicker Steven Hauschka to Buffalo. Hauschka did make 33 of 37 field goals last season and is a career 87.2 percent kicker on field goal attempts.

Key Player Additions: The big signing for the Seahawks was running back Eddie Lacy, who has 3,400 rushing yards and 23 touchdowns in four seasons. The downside to Lacy is staying in shape and injuries, which makes this a low risk, high reward signing. The Seahawks got their kicker in Blair Walsh, who has made 84.2 percent of his field goal attempts in his career and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2012. Oday Aboushi is an offensive guard who adds depth along the offensive line and has 18 starts under his belt at 25 years old. Luke Joeckel is a versatile offensive lineman who has 39 starts and was considered the best OL in the country when he was with Texas A&M.

Draft: Defensive lineman Malik McDowell probably would have been a first round pick if there weren't questions about his passion and work ethic. McDowell has all the tools to be a terrific defensive end or tackle, so getting him in the second round is wonderful value. Ethan Pocic brings versatility to Seattle's offensive line, an area that has dealt with depth issues the past few years. Shaq Griffin could eventually develop into a solid cornerback and will need to learn quickly with Richard Sherman's name constantly in trade rumors. Wide receiver Amara Darboh and defensive tackle Nazair Jones are both massive players for their positions and could eventually crack the rotation due to high upside. The Seahawks drafted well in areas of need and have players who could contribute down the road. McDowell is probably the only player in this group who will play right away.

Outlook: The Seattle Seahawks have the championship pedigree that wills them to double-digit wins every season. This team is disciplined, mentally tough and will continue to find ways to win games even when it doesn't play its best. The roster has remained the same from last season and as long as the offensive line improves and QB Russell Wilson is healthy, the Seahawks will continue to be the team to beat in the NFC. As for a future bet, we’re getting decent odds for a team that consistently makes a deep playoff run and has a sweet combination of physical and mental toughness. I would lay something on the Seahawks and these Super Bowl odds.

Schedule:

Sep. 10    at Green Bay Packers    1:25 PM

Sep. 17    San Francisco 49ers    1:25 PM

Sep. 24    at Tennessee Titans    1:05 PM

Oct. 1    Indianapolis Colts    5:30 PM

Oct. 8    at Los Angeles Rams    1:05 PM

Oct. 15    BYE

Oct. 22    at New York Giants    1:25 PM

Oct. 29    Houston Texans    1:05 PM

Nov. 5    Washington Redskins    1:05 PM

Nov. 9    at Arizona Cardinals (Thu)    5:25 PM

Nov. 20    Atlanta Falcons (Mon)    5:30 PM

Nov. 26    at San Francisco 49ers    1:05 PM

Dec. 3    Philadelphia Eagles *    5:30 PM

Dec. 10    at Jacksonville Jaguars    10:00 AM

Dec. 17    Los Angeles Rams    1:05 PM

Dec. 24    at Dallas Cowboys    1:25 PM

Dec. 31    Arizona Cardinals    1:25 PM

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