Repeating as Super bowl champions is never easy, but for the Seahawks in 2014 it may be even harder than usual.
According to Terry Blount of ESPN, Seattle will have the sixth most difficult schedule in the NFL for the 2014 season, based on their opponents combined winning percentage from this last year:
“Seattle has the sixth-toughest schedule in the NFL for 2014, along with the third-toughest road schedule. The overall winning percentage of the Seahawks’ opponents is .561, and it rises to .578 for the eight road games.”
The biggest obstacle for the Seahawks will of course come from their own division in the form of the rival San Francisco 49ers, whom Richard Sherman calls the second best team in the NFL. Also, the St. Louis Rams (who played Seattle extremely tough on Monday Night Football this year) are predicted to get much tougher thanks to their high draft picks. Oh, and the other team in the division just so happened to go 11-5 and is the only team to beat the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in two years.
Outside of the usual NFC West slobberknockers there are also several other games that will prove tough nuts to crack.
At home Seattle will host the high-powered offenses of the Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos.
On the road the Seahawks will play the Kansas City Chiefs, the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Carolina Panthers. Carolina and Kansas City both have mobile quarterbacks – an essential ingredient for any kind of success against the Seahawks. The Eagles led the league in rushing last season and like Carolina have a stalwart run defense; another important factor.
Having a hard schedule is enough of a challenge but add to that the fact that as champions the Seahawks will get every team’s best shot, and the path back to the Super bowl becomes a very rocky road indeed.
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