The time has arrived.
The Seattle Seahawks’ season begins Sunday when they head to Lambeau Field to face the Green Bay Packers in their season opener.
Optimism is once again rampant about the Seahawks. Seattle has won double-digit games and reached at least the divisional round of the playoffs in each of the past five seasons. The Seahawks won the NFC West in three of the past four years.
Seattle retains the core of the team that created that success. That includes a top-notch quarterback in Russell Wilson, as well as a star-studded defense that gets free safety Earl Thomas back from injury and also just added former Pro Bowl defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.
Seattle reinforced its credentials by going a perfect 4-0 during the preseason. At 8/1, Seattle is considered the second-favorite to win this season’s Super Bowl, only behind perennial favorite New England (13/4).
But the Seahawks are not without question marks. The now-constant concern about the offensive line remains, particularly after left tackle George Fant was lost for the season because of a knee injury suffered during preseason. Seattle’s power rushing game faltered last season, and there remains uncertainty about who will carry the ball for the Seahawks this season. And though Seattle has a wealth of stars on defense (Thomas, Richard Sherman, Kam Chancellor, Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril), all of them are at least 27 years old and have plenty of miles on their bodies.
So with all that in mind, how do you think the Seahawks will fare this season?