With an improved offensive line in front of him, can Russell Wilson stay healthy and lead Seattle to a second straight NFC West crown?
The reigning NFC West champs have had more than their fair share of turmoil this offseason as franchise quarterback Russell Wilson was rumoured to be unhappy. That’s in the rearview mirror, at least for the 2021 season, as the future Hall of Famer has denied asking for a trade and both Wilson and the Seahawks have said they’re all-in for 2021. After bowing out of the playoffs in a first round upset following a 12-4 regular season last year, can Wilson reestablish his MVP-level play from the first half of last season?
Notable Draft Picks
WR Dwayne Eskridge, CB Tre Brown.
RB Carlos Hyde, WR Josh Gordon, WR David Moore, TE Greg Olsen, TE Jacob Hollister, G Mike Iupati, DT Jarran Reed, OLB Bruce Irvin, LB K.J. Wright, LB Shaquem Griffin, CB Shaq Griffin, CB Quinton Dunbar.
Seattle Seahawks Acquisitions and Moves
Supposedly the main issue Wilson has had with Seattle is their lack of protection for him throughout his career. The Seahawks have tried to remedy this by acquiring Gabe Jackson for the offensive line from the Raiders for the bargain price of a fifth-round draft pick. Jackson didn’t have a great 2020 season, but at 30-years-old, he’s still young enough for a bounce-back year and he’s definitely an upgrade for Seattle’s guards.
The Seahawks drafted D’Wayne Eskridge in the second-round as a replacement for David Moore, who signed with Carolina in the offseason. Eskridge comes in with a higher ceiling than Moore and the hope is he’ll be a viable third wideout option to compliment D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.
The defensive front was a serious issue for Seattle last year and the Seahawks might not have done enough to address the issue. They signed Kerry Hyder, who recorded 8.5 sacks for the 49ers last year, but he’s probably not a starter on a top-10 defensive team.
Seattle’s secondary took a hit with the loss of their two best cornerbacks, Quinton Dunbar and Shaq Griffin. Free agent signing Akhello Witherspoon and fourth-round draft pick Tre Brown should compete for starting jobs. Linebacker K.J. Wright left in free agency, which is another big blow. Jordyn Brooks, a 2020 first-round pick, has the potential to make an impact, but he struggled in his rookie campaign.
Seattle Seahawks 2021 NFL Schedule
Seattle will play three of their first four games of the season on the road. A Week 9 bye is perfect for the Seahawks and will allow them to reset for what should be an easier second half of the season. All three divisional opponents will be competitive, but they’ll get some relief when they play the NFC North and AFC South.
The Seahawks are set to play five 2020 playoff teams through the first eight games of the season and four 2020 playoff teams through the last nine (if you’re still getting used to the new 17-game season, never fear, it’s only a matter of time before it’s bumped to an even 18 games. Money talks). As long as they’re healthy, Seattle should go 4-1 in the final five games of the season and another double-digit win year seems likely.
Week 1: Sunday, Sept. 12 @ Indianapolis Colts, 1 p.m
Week 2: Sunday, Sept. 19 vs. Tennessee Titans, 4:25 p.m.
Week 3: Sunday, Sept. 26 @ Minnesota Vikings, 4:25 p.m.
Week 4: Sunday, Oct. 3 @ San Francisco 49ers, 4:05 p.m.
Week 5: Thursday, Oct. 7 vs. Los Angeles Rams, 8:20 p.m.
Week 6: Sunday, Oct. 17 @ Pittsburgh Steelers, 8:20 p.m.
Week 7: Monday, Oct. 25 vs. New Orleans Saints, 8:15 p.m.
Week 8: Sunday, Oct. 31 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars, 4:05 p.m.
Week 9: BYE
Week 10: Sunday, Nov. 14 @ Green Bay Packers, 4:25 p.m.
Week 11: Sunday, Nov. 21 vs. Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m.
Week 12: Monday, Nov. 29 @ Washington Football Team, 8:15 p.m.
Week 13: Sunday, Dec. 5 vs. San Francisco 49ers, 8:20 p.m.
Week 14: Sunday, Dec. 12 @ Houston Texans, 1 p.m.
Week 15: Sunday, Dec. 19 @ Los Angeles Rams, 4:25 p.m.
Week 16: Sunday Dec. 26 vs. Chicago Bears, 4:05 p.m.
Week 17: Sunday, Jan. 2 vs. Detroit Lions, 4:25 p.m.
Week 18: Sunday, Jan. 9 @ Arizona Cardinals, 4:25 p.m.
Seattle Seahawks NFL Betting Odds
The NFC West is going to be tough, but I see Wilson being this year’s Aaron Rodgers and sticking it to the Seahawks with an MVP-calibre season. Take Seattle at -130 to make the playoffs on the NFL futures odds. The division is going to come down to the Seahawks or Rams, so it’s a no-brainer to take the Over at -149 on Seattle’s 9.5 win total.
Seattle Seahawks 2021 Season Prediction
Outside of the linebacker position, Seattle is at least as good positionally as they were last year and even improved on some key positions, like protection for Wilson. Through the first five or six games in 2020, Wilson looked like an MVP candidate and I would be surprised if he doesn’t play even better this year. With more time and protection, Wilson should compete for MVP and lead Seattle to a 13-4 record.