The calendar finally turns to September, which means it’s time for regular-season football. With the dog days of training camp and preseason in the rearview mirror, let’s take a final look at the Seahawks’ schedule before the start of the Seahawks’ football game against the Denver Broncos on Monday night, September 12.
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I put each of Seattle’s 17 games into one of four categories: games they should win, games they could win, games that need a decent upset, and games that require a big upset. Finally, I’ll give my official record predictions for these 2022 Seahawks.
For the most part, I think the Seahawks will be more competitive than most national conversation leaders expect. It would be a huge surprise to see this team, even in a rebuilding season, become the opponent’s doormat. That could lead to competitive losses rather than wins, but this season may not be as ugly for Seahawks fans as some expect (emphasis on “maybe”).
Looking back at Geno Smith’s three quarterback starts in 2021 can be a good benchmark when trying to predict the future. The Seahawks lost 1-2 to the Steelers and Saints in those three games.
Let’s dive into where you may or may not agree with my assessment.
Games the Seahawks should win (3)
• Week 3 vs. Atlanta Falcons
No matter how low expectations are for this Seaahwks season, a loss at home to the Falcons in the first month is going to be a humbling game. That is, unless, of course, you want Seattle to go 0-17 and get the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft. Atlanta’s offense could be interesting in a burst of Kyle Pitts and 2022 first-rounder Drake London, but otherwise, expect another brutal season for Atlanta.
• Week 8 vs. New York Giants
I’ll never forget sitting in the press box at Lumen Field in 2020 while the Seahawks lost to the Colt McCoy-led Giants. Regardless, unless the Giants show significant improvement early in the season, this should be a game where Seattle should find a way to win. I’m not buying a major makeover for Daniel Jones under new head coach Brian Dabore.
• Week 17 vs. New York Jets
Very similar to what I think about the Giants: I can’t predict the Seahawks will lose to them at home until I see the Jets make significant progress.
games the Seahawks could win (7)
• Week 1 vs. Denver Broncos
Seattle is a serious underdog, but I can’t shake the feeling that the Seahawks will find a way to spoil Russell Wilson’s Broncos debut. It’s definitely the Super Bowl in Seattle this season, although you won’t hear it from anyone in the building.
• Detroit Lions Week 4
I’m not entirely convinced of the “Hard Knocks” style hype behind this Detroit team, but I do think the Lions will be competitive with a great offensive line, underrated skills and an improving defense.
• Week 6 vs. Arizona Cardinals
There’s no guarantee the Kyler Murray-Cliff Kingsbury combo will work in Arizona, no matter how much money teams throw at them. It is worth noting that DeAndre Hopkins will miss this game due to suspension.
• Arizona Cardinals Week 9
If I end up getting too low against the Cardinals, I’ll happily hold my “L.” Seattle should be able to stay with Arizona in both conferences.
• Week 14 vs. Carolina Panthers
This is a game that can be played at home against less-than-excellent opponents. There’s no guarantee that often-injured star Christian McCaffrey will be on Carolina’s lineup in Week 14.
• Week 15 vs. San Francisco 49ers
You never know what’s going to happen in a division game, so to keep things simple, I’ll classify the home game against the 49ers and Rams as “winnable” and the road game as “needs a decent upset.” “. The Seahawks have a worse lineup than both teams, but when those teams meet, the NFC West can be unpredictable.
• Week 18 vs. Los Angeles Rams
games that require decent frustration (4)
• San Francisco 49ers Week 2
• New Orleans Saints Week 5
The Saints certainly have playoff aspirations that the Seahawks don’t have this season. New Orleans has a better lineup, and it’s no easy feat for the road team to win the Superdome. However, unless proven otherwise, you can’t rule out Jameis Winston’s multiple block game.
• Week 12 vs. Las Vegas Raiders
Opinions and expectations for the Raiders will be everywhere, but this is an AFC wild-card team that added Davante Adams and Chandler Jones in the offseason.
• Los Angeles Rams Week 13
games that require a big hit (3)
• Los Angeles Chargers Week 7
In my opinion, the Chargers have the best lineup in all of football after adding Khalil Mack and JC Jackson this offseason. There’s a reason Justin Herbert is also an MVP favorite.
• Tampa Bay Buccaneers Week 10
It’s been an odd offseason for Tampa Bay, but all you have to do is check out these rosters side-by-side to see the Buccaneers’ clear edge.
• Kansas City Chiefs Week 16
The Seahawks’ defeat of the Chiefs at Arrowhead in Week 16 is sure to ruin most of the remaining survivor pool entries.
Seahawks record prediction
My thinking is that the Seahawks went 2-4 in the division and won four games against the Falcons, Giants, Jets, Broncos, Panthers and Lions.
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