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Seattle was 8-0 at home this season, including wins over three teams that they will be playing this weekend. It appears most of their difficult non-division games will come on the road, but there should be at least a few nail-biters at CenturyLink Field next season.
But the following slate of games are all contests the Seahawks should win.
New Orleans Saints: Win
The Saints were difficult to peg this season. They had a hot spell in the middle of the season winning five out of six games, but were just 2-8 on the bookends.
They'll return to the scene of their upset loss in the 2010 playoffs and will meet a similar fate in 2013.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers: Win
The Bucs were just as sporadic as the Saints last season. But 2013 will be a make-or-break year for Josh Freeman, as Rick Stroud of the Tampa Bay Times reports the team won't discuss extending his contract until his rookie deal expires after next season.
He has the talent at the skill positions to mount a potent offensive attack so the hammer will fall if the unit doesn't produce.
He'll need to find success outside of his visit to Seattle, as the Seahawks' stadium has become a place where offenses go to die.
Jacksonville Jaguars: Win
This team could look significantly different next season. Second-year quarterback Blaine Gabbert has shown he is who I thought he was, at least thus far. There is still hope that he can develop into a suitable starter in the NFL, but teams expect more from a first-round quarterback.
The Jaguars may opt to move on from Gabbert if they can secure a new option in the upcoming draft.
Regardless, they don't have the offensive firepower or defensive girth to steal a win in Seattle.
Tennessee Titans: Win
Speaking of teams with middling performance from a quarterback drafted in 2011, Jake Locker will have another opportunity to return to Seattle where he played for the University of Washington. He may or may not visit with former Seahawk Matt Hasselbeck, who is due to make $5.5 million as an expected backup quarterback next season.
The Titans suffered a 27-17 preseason defeat at CenturyLink Field, as Hasselbeck and Locker had an opportunity to return to Seattle. This time the game will matter, but the results won't be much different.
Minnesota Vikings: Win
The mutant known as Adrian Peterson will have another crack at putting up 200 yards on one of the best defenses in the NFL. Perhaps mutant isn't the best way to describe the 2012 rushing champion; he might actually be a visitor from one of Krypton's neighboring planets.
Regardless, the MVP candidate from 2012 can run on almost any defense. It won't be enough, though, as Seattle will still shut down Christian Ponder and the Viking passing game.