Published on September 25th, 2014 | by sbbadmin
Five Reasons the Seahawks will Repeat as Super Bowl Champions in 2015
The 2014 NFL season isn’t far off, and perhaps more than any other team in the league, the Seattle Seahawks are primed for another Super Bowl-winning run. Still, the NFL is known for its parity – no team has won back-to-back titles since the New England Patriots in 2003 and 2004, and no one has ever won it three-straight.
So what makes this Seattle team so special? Here are five reasons the Seahawks could—nay, will—repeat in 2014.
Five Reasons Why the Seattle Seahawks Will Repeat in 2014
Excellent Quarterback for Cheap
Seattle’s quarterback Russell Wilson posted career-high numbers in 2013, with 257 completions for 3,357 passing yards last year. What makes him even more valuable is his contract, however. Because Wilson is still on his rookie contract, the Seahawks have been able to lock up the Legion of Boom with the extra cap space while still enjoying premium play from their signal-called.
After Golden Tate’s departure, Wilson will have to rely on Doug Baldwin (778 yards last season) and Percy Harvin (3,319 career yards) to open up his passing game. As long as Harvin stays healthy this year, Wilson will have these two wide receivers as weapons for Seattle’s passing game.
Marshawn Lynch is one of the NFL’s best running backs with 7,389 rushing yards in his eight-year career. Lynch is what many backs aren’t—consistent—especially in the postseason. In the 2014 playoffs, he rushed for 140 yards against New Orleans and 109 against San Francisco. The Seahawks’ vaunted rushing offense (fourth in the league) will ride strong once again with Lynch at the helm.
What won the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl XLVIII was their otherworldly defense, as they demonstrated in shutting down league’s best offensive team, Denver, in a 43-8 Super Bowl victory. Front and center for Seattle’s defense are cornerback Richard Sherman and safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor. Of the three, Sherman and Thomas are especially important to the team’s defense. Sherman had 48 combined tackles and eight interceptions, while Thomas finished the season with 105 total tackles.
With the team still fielding a formidable defense this season, the Seahawks are poised to go on another dominant run.
The Seattle Seahawks played the league’s sixth toughest schedule last year (.516) but still managed an impressive 13-3 regular season record. They then rode the momentum to their first-ever Super Bowl win. The Seahawks also have the sixth-toughest schedule for the upcoming season with their opponents having a collective winning percentage of .561 last year. Seattle is no stranger to big challenges, and should be up to the grueling schedule en route to back-to-back Super Bowl titles.
The Seahawks are +600 favorites to win Super Bowl XLIX.
The Seahawks head coach, Pete Carroll, always finds a way to win. He is only one of three coaches to win both a Super Bowl and a college football national championship. Since 2010, he has led the Seattle Seahawks to constant improvement, capped off by a Super Bowl win in 2014. Carroll has a .558 winning percentage coaching in the NFL. With how the team has looked under his guidance, the team should be able to avoid a Super Bowl hangover and stay hungry for another.