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The Seattle Seahawks entered the 2013 playoffs with a record 13-3 and a first round bye. They beat the New Orleans Saints and San Francisco 49ers in the next two rounds to advance to the Super Bowl. Seattle faced off against the Denver Broncos. The Broncos offense, led by quarterback Peyton Manning, broke a handful of records. The best offense was pitted up against the best defense. The Seahawks defense completely dominated the game from the very beginning. It wasn’t even close. The Seattle Seahawks embarrassed the Broncos 43-8.

Like every Super Bowl team, Seattle faced the challenge of giving their star players contract extensions. But, not everyone can get a larger piece of the pie. Pro Bowl safety Richard Sherman was signed to a four-year $56 million contract. Safety Earl Thomas, who was drafted in 2010, signed a new deal as his rookie contract came to an end, for 4-years and $40 million. On the other side of the field, safe Kam Chancellor was also signed to an extension. Chancellor, who has been a Pro Bowler, signed a five-year $35 million contract. These three contracts ate up the extra salary cap, forcing the forth and final member of the “Legion of Boom,” Brandon Browner, to sign elsewhere.
On the offensive side of the ball, the Seahawks lost some key cogs that won them the Super Bowl. Wide Receiver Sidney Rice tore his ACL in the beginning of the season. He didn’t play another game. Following the end of the season, Seattle released him. Rice then resigned with the team. Over the summer, Rice announced his retirement due to multiple concussions throughout his career. Another Seattle receiver, Golden Tate chose not to resign with the Super Bowl champs. Instead, he signed a five-year $31 million contract with the Detroit Lions. Tate has not played as well as expected. Going into the season, these losses were not expected to hinder their chances at repeating.

The Seahawks home opener just looked like a continuation of last season. They came out at home against the Green Bay Packers, and just dominated. The Seattle defense had continuous pressure on Packers’ quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Rogers was sacked three times, threw an interception, fumbled once, and the Seahawks offense also had a safety. The final score was 36-16 even though the actual game didn’t even look that close.

The next week Seattle went on the road down the west coast to take on the San Diego Chargers. The Chargers won their first game of the season. Going into this game Seattle was favored by 4.5 points. The Seattle defense didn’t play well. The last time the Seahawks gave up 30 points, it was week 5 of 2013 when they played at the Indianapolis Colts. The Seahawks lost the game against San Diego 30-21. Chargers tight end Antonio Gates caught three touchdown passes from Philip Rivers.

Seattle’s next game was probably the most highly anticipated one of the young season. It was a Super Bowl rematch. Denver definitely had this game marked on their calendar after getting embarrassed. For the first three quarters, it was reminiscent of the Super Bowl. At the start of the fourth quarter, Seattle was winning 17-3. A late game comeback led by Peyton Manning forced the game into overtime. The game ended with a six-yard touchdown run by Marshawn Lynch. Following this game and an easy victory against the Redskins, the team was 3-1. The defense wasn’t the same as last year, but still looked like top tier. Russell Wilson looked like a great quarterback. But then what happened?

In Week 6, the Seattle Seahawks took on the Dallas Cowboys at home. The Cowboys had been 4-1, having won four consecutive. DeMarco Murray had been playing like an MVP candidate (and still is). Tony Romo may be playing his best football of his career. The Cowboys defense, which was predicted to be historically bad, has been anything but despite a handful of injuries. Russell Wilson only completed 50% of his passes totaling 126 yards and threw 1 interception. He did have a rushing touchdown though. The Cowboys defense kept Wilson in the pocket and stopped the run game, only allowing 80 yards. Seattle’s defense was unable to do the same allowing over twice as many rushing yards, 162. The Cowboys won 30-23.

 

A couple days after this loss for Seattle, General Manager John Schneider announced that star receiver Percy Harvin had been traded to the New York Jets in exchange for a conditional mid-round pick. Harvin has a ton of potential even though he’s been in the league for six years. He is so fast; most people can’t keep up with him. Opposing defenses need to game plan just around him. Harvin is a threat to score whenever the ball is in his hands. He can get the ball out of the backfield, catch it, or return it. But, his career has been hindered by injuries. He has gotten migraines for his entire career, which has caused him to miss games. He also was diagnosed with a labrum tear prior to the 2013 season. Harvin was out until week 11. A week after that game, he experienced inflammation in his recently surgically repaired him, so he didn’t play. Then, Harvin also missed the NFC Championship game with a concussion. But, Percy Harvin did play in the Super Bowl and made his presence felt from the very beginning. On the opening kickoff he returned it 87 yards for a touchdown.

The Seahawks have played one game since the trade and that was against the St. Louis Rams. Seattle’s offense had a completely different look. The receivers were not getting open. The running game did not have the same edge to it. That can all be blamed on the fact that the Rams defense did not have to worry about Percy Harvin. The Rams did not have to worry about him when preparing for the game. St. Louis got out to an early 21-3 lead. Seattle looked like a completely different team. Even though they ended up coming back, their valiant efforts fell short. The St. Louis Rams won 28-26.

Right now the Seattle Seahawks sit at 3-3 and are currently in third place in the NFC West. The Seahawks remaining schedule is not easy. They play the first place Arizona Cardinals twice. Seattle also plays the second place 49ers two times. The Seahawks also play two other teams currently sitting in first place, the Philadelphia Eagles and the Carolina Panthers. That right there is six of their remaining ten games. The hardest stretch of the season comes when they play the Cardinals, 49ers, Eagles, 49ers, and then the Cardinals. The Seahawks could finish this five game stretch anywhere from 0-5 to 5-0. I envision them going 2-3. Divisional games are almost always close against these teams. Realistically this team will finish the season right around 8-8. Seattle will probably contend for a playoff spot but I wouldn’t be surprised if the miss the post season all together. So to answer the title, NO.
 

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