Every season it seems like at least one new team goes from a middle of the road franchise to an organization on the rise. And this year was no different as Russell Wilson and company shocked all the naysayers by going 11-5. Not to mention Seattle managed to win its first road playoff game in 30 years.
An impressive feat considering Seattle finished as the third-youngest team in the NFL. Unfortunately they couldn't manage to pull off one of the biggest upsets in NFL playoff history as they tried to climb their way out of a 20-0 hole.
However, the failed comeback attempt shouldn't take anything away from what they accomplished. Now that the season is over, the Seahawks will begin to shift their focus to the 2013 offseason and the 2013 slate of games.
By the end of the regular season, head coach Pete Carroll and general manager John Schneider already knew who their opponents for 2013 would be. Based on the annual NFL scheduling process, 14 of a teams 16 possible games are already pre-determined.
For example, the 'Hawks matched up against the NFC North and the AFC East in 2012. In 2013, they will be squaring off against the NFC South and the AFC South. That makes up for eight games right there, plus the six divisional games and there are the 14-of-16 games.
The two additional games are determined by a teams final resting spot in the division. The Seahawks were second-place finishers in the NFC West, so they will take on the New York Giants and the Minnesota Vikings since they were second-place finishers as well.
According to the Blogging the Boys, Seattle has the 11th toughest schedule in the NFL for the 2013 season. Their opponents combined record is 130-122-4. When at Century Link Field, the Seahawks should have a good opportunity of going undefeated once again. The opposing teams record for their upcoming home games are 46-80-2
When away from Century Link Field, the opposition sports a record of 75-51-2. Moreover, they will play seven quality opponents in 2013. Quality opponents are teams that won at least nine games or more during the regular season.
Road games will be a challenge just as they were in 2012, but that shouldn't stop the Seahawks from having another impressive season under coach Carroll.
The only concern at this point is how Dan Quinn perform as the teams new defensive coordinator. Gus Bradley was named the new head coach in Jacksonville earlier this morning.