Seattle Seahawks' 2013 NFL Schedule: Game-by-Game Predictions, Info and Analysis

Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterApril 18, 2013

Seattle Seahawks' 2013 NFL Schedule: Game-by-Game Predictions, Info and Analysis

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    The much anticipated 2013 regular-season schedule was just released a few hours ago for the Seattle Seahawks and the 31 other NFL organizations.

    Even though the Seahawks' regular-season opponents have been known since January, the dates, times and network coverages were released today at 8 p.m. ET.

    Here is a complete look at the 2013 schedule with game-by-game predictions, information and analysis.

Week 1: Seahawks vs. Panthers

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    Kickoff Time and Network: 1:00 p.m ET, FOX

    Despite doing just enough to get out of Carolina alive last season, one has to think the Seahawks will come better prepared in 2013. They will have the whole offseason to prepare for the team they narrowly beat 16-12.

    The biggest weak spot in Carolina for sometime now has been its inconsistent front seven. Marshawn Lynch proved that as he rushed for four yards a carry against them in 2012. That means it would be wise to expect a heavy dose of him and Robert Turbin. 

    Russell Wilson will need to keep his turnover numbers down as he tossed two interceptions against the Panthers. Even though opening up on the road is never an easy task, Seattle is clearly the better football team. Not to mention they will need to secure a victory before hosting the 49ers on Sunday Night Football.

     

    Prediction: Seahawks 21, Panthers 16

Week 2: 49ers vs. Seahawks

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    Kickoff Time and Network: 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC

    The 49ers proved they were the class of the NFC West when they rolled through the playoffs and squared off against the Ravens in the Super Bowl. However, 2013 is a new year with new expectations, just ask the Seattle Seahawks. 

    Seattle went out and proved that they had what it took to play with the big boys in 2012. They dropped San Francisco 42-13 on Sunday Night Football by deploying a wide variety of formations and looks. The Niners were seemingly caught off guard, plain and simple.

    That means head coach Jim Harbaugh has had this game circled on his calendar for months now. Even though the 49ers will be out to vindicate their past performance, Seattle will be equally prepared. Look for this dog fight to go right down to the wire. 

     

    Prediction: Seahawks 31, 49ers 28

Week 3: Jaguars vs. Seahawks

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    Kickoff Time and Network: 4:25 p.m. ET, CBS

    It has been awhile since the Jacksonville Jaguars and Seattle Seahawks have met in a regular-season contest. The last time, to be exact, was on Sunday, October 11, 2009. Seattle was victorious in a 41-0 drubbing. 

    Unfortunately for the Seahawks, this game will produce much different results. Not only are both rosters completely different, but the Jaguars' new head coach knows a thing or two about Seattle. His insider information may not result in a win, but the game will be close for all four quarters.

    It would be wise to expect Gus Bradley to get after Russell Wilson. That in turn means a couple of turnovers may be in store. Marshawn Lynch will need to lead the charge and produce big numbers on the ground to ensure a "W" for the 'Hawks.

     

    Prediction: Seahawks 16, Jaguars 13

Week 4: Seahawks vs. Texans

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    Kickoff Time and Network: 1:00 p.m. ET, CBS

    Heading into Week 4, the Seahawks will carry a 3-0 record. However, one shouldn't automatically assume that Seattle's record will stay unblemished. Arian Foster and Andre Johnson will have plenty to say about their three-game winning streak. 

    Based on the fact these two teams haven't met since 2009, there is a bit of unfamiliarity associated with the organizations. Jim Mora Jr. was at the helm in 2009, so Pete Carroll will get his first crack at the AFC South.

    Unfortunately for him, it will be a rude awakening. Houston won't waste any time putting up points in bunches. Foster's fast start will be too much to overcome, which in turn means Seattle won't have the opportunity to go undefeated against the AFC South.

     

    Prediction: Texans 21, Seahawks 13

Week 5: Seahawks vs. Colts

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    Kickoff Time and Network: 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX

    Even though Houston knocked off the Seahawks one week prior, the Colts may not be as fortunate. Andrew Luck has Indianapolis prepped to make another playoff run, and the team has shown improvement from 2012 to 2013. But that ultimately may not be enough.

    Luck hasn't faced a secondary as stout as Seattle's, nor has he faced a pass rush that is as fierce. I fully expect Pete Carroll's defense to make the sophomore quarterback's life a living hell. Exotic fronts with various personnel groupings will throw him off his game. Turning pressure situations into potential disasters for Indianapolis.

    The Seahawks win the turnover battle, and the game, by a healthy margin. 

     

    Prediction: Seahawks 33, Colts 21

Week 6: Titans vs. Seahawks

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    Kickoff Time and Network: 4:05 p.m ET, CBS

    Even though it wasn't in a regular-season game, the Tennessee Titans already have first-hand awareness of what Russell Wilson can do to a defense. In the third quarter of last year's preseason game, he tossed a 39-yard touchdown pass to Braylon Edwards. 

    Then, one quarter later, he scampered down the sideline for 32 yards and a score. It was evident right then and there that Wilson had what it took to play in the NFL. Yet many dismissed it as it only being the preseason, and that he would never do that in a regular-season game. 

    Well, he went on to do it week-after-week in the regular season and earned himself national notoriety in the process. He was elected to the Pro Bowl and was named Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year. You know Wilson will be looking to pick up right where he left off. That means it could be a long day for Mike Munchak's Titans. 

     

    Prediction: Seahawks 30, Titans 21

Week 7: Seahawks vs. Cardinals

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    Kickoff Time and Network: 8:25 p.m ET, NFL Network

    Some would say last season's contest in Arizona was a definite fluke. Missed opportunities and lack of execution plagued Seattle towards the end of the game. Causing Seattle to loss a game they had no business losing. 

    Yet this year's trip to the desert should prove to be a complete 180. Russell Wilson has a full season and a full offseason under his belt. Plus, one gets the feeling that the 'Hawks are a much better road team then they were Week 1 of the 2012 season. 

    Percy Harvin will be used in the backfield, in the slot and as a returner. His presence alone will help Seattle capitalize on turnovers and good starting field position. 

     

    Prediction: Seahawks 26, Cardinals 20

Week 8: Seahawks vs. Rams

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    Kickoff Time and Network: 8:40 p.m. ET, ESPN

    As good as Russell Wilson was down the stretch last season, he still had his faults. There were times and teams that made him look like a rookie. The St. Louis Rams were one of those teams. They forced the Pro Bowl quarterback into throwing three costly interceptions.

    However, one shouldn't expect a similar effort as Wilson has improved immensely since Week 4 of the 2012 season. Darrell Bevell's playbook expanded as the season went on and Seattle took off his handcuffs. 

    Not to mention Percy Harvin wasn't in the mix last year either. But will an additional year under his belt and the addition of Harvin be enough? St. Louis doesn't think so. Rams win a close one thanks to Greg Zuerlein.  

     

    Prediction: Rams 23, Seahawks 20  

Week 9: Buccaneers vs. Seahawks

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    Kickoff Time and Network: 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX

    Despite missing the playoffs in 2012, one has to applaud Greg Schiano for quickly turning the Tampa Bay Buccaneers around. At times he had them playing up to their level of talent. However, there were also times when they played down to their level of competition. 

    To challenge for an NFC South title they will have to cut out the inconsistent play and win on the road. Something that is never easy, especially when a club is playing at CenturyLink Field. Look for Russell Wilson and the rest of the Seahawks' aerial attack to go after Tampa Bay's weak secondary. 

    Adding Darrelle Revis would help ease the pain, yet the Seahawks would still come out victorious. They just have too many threats, and Tampa Bay doesn't have enough talent to answer all of their threats.

     

    Prediction: Seahawks 30, Buccaneers 6

Week 10: Seahawks vs. Falcons

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    Kickoff Time and Network: 1:00 p.m. ET, FOX

    Taking a long winning streak into hostile territory against one of the league's best teams can only spell trouble, right? That is correct. Just like in the playoffs last year, the Seahawks will find themselves behind and unable to score points. 

    Despite having this game circled on their calendar for months, the long trip across country and the early start time left Seattle out of sorts and scrambling for answers. Steven Jackson never had trouble in the past against the Seahawks, with this Week 10 game being no different. 

    Atlanta doesn't take the time to look back as the 'Hawks are left in the cold for the second consecutive season against the Falcons

     

    Prediction: Falcons 34, Seahawks 24

Week 11: Vikings vs. Seahawks

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    Kickoff Time and Network: 4:25 p.m ET, FOX

    Outside of the division rivalry with the 49ers, this will easily be the Seahawks' most anticipated contest. Why, you may ask? Because Percy Harvin will be squaring off against his old teammates with a heavy heart. 

    He will be motivated to show his former club that they made a mistake in trading him. One should fully expect Harvin to lead the team in touches and all-purpose yards by game's end. In Minnesota, this game would be much closer, but at CenturyLink Field the edge goes to Seattle. 

    I predict Harvin opens up the game with a kickoff return touchdown. The initial momentum will set the tone for the rest of the game. Moreover, Pete Carroll's defense will do a better job at containing Adrian Peterson than they did in 2012.

     

    Prediction: Seahawks 24, Vikings 20

Week 12: Bye Week

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    Heading into their bye week, the Seahawks currently sit at 8-3.

Week 13: Saints vs. Seahawks

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    Kickoff Time and Network: 8:40 p.m. ET, ESPN

    The last time these two teams met Marshawn Lynch was defining beast mode and the Seahawks were winning a game they had no business winning. This time around things will be wildly different. Seattle will be favored, and the Saints will be viewed as the underdog. 

    Yet that will have no effect on how the Seahawks prepare. They know the Saints are coming off of a down season in 2012. They will need to prepare for the always dangerous Drew Brees, however the big focal point will be attacking Rob Ryan's 3-4 defense. 

    Darrell Bevell's offense attacked it successfully in consecutive years while Ryan was in Dallas, so this time around should be no different. Expect Marshawn Lynch and Robert Turbin to carry the load as the Seahawks try and stick it to New Orleans' weak defensive line. 

     

    Prediction: Seahawks 37, Saints 27

Week 14: Seahawks vs. 49ers

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    Kickoff Time and Network: 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX

    Head coaches Pete Carroll and Jim Harbaugh seem to know each other all too well. That was evident during the 2012 season. In game one of the two-game series, San Francisco squeaked out a victory as the Seahawks failed to turn lucrative opportunities into points. 

    Yet Week 16 proved to be a completely different story. There's no question Seattle is unstoppable at home, but can they bring that same level of play on the road? Nine times out of 10 I would say yes, but struggles at Candlestick have endured since Harbaugh took over the 49ers. 

    Everyone is aware that the Seahawks have the talent to sweep the 49ers, but it's doubtful it will happen. The top two teams in the NFC West will fight all the way until the end. Unfortunately for the 'Hawks, the difference maker will be the 49ers' home-field advantage and Phil Dawson's leg. 

     

    Prediction: 49ers 16, Seahawks 13 

Week 15: Seahawks vs. Giants

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    Kickoff Time and Network: 1:00 p.m ET, FOX

    If they did it with Charlie Whitehurst and Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback two years ago, there's no reason they can't do it again with Russell Wilson at quarterback. Not to mention the New York Giants offensive line is seemingly aging by the minute.

    That means Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Chris Clemons and Bruce Irvin are all in store for big days. Expect defensive coordinator Dan Quinn to throw the kitchen sink at Eli Manning, much like former defensive coordinator Gus Bradley did in 2011.

    Quinn's exotic looks and various fronts will throw off Manning's rhythm with Hakeem Nicks and Victor Cruz. Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner will be there to subsequently prey on the poor timing and poor decisions. 

    By the time it's a said and done Seattle will have intercepted Manning three times, and be on its way home with a "W" in the win column.

     

    Prediction: Seahawks 38, Giants 30

Week 16: Cardinals vs. Seahawks

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    Kickoff Time and Network: 4:05 p.m. ET, FOX

    Surely last season's home game against the Arizona Cardinals late in the season was a strong reminder of just how far the Seahawks offense had come as the year rolled along. Yet to expect another 58-0 blowout at CenturyLink Field would be unrealistic. 

    Arizona is a team that has been turned over offensively from top to bottom. It added Carson Palmer at quarterback, Rashard Mendenhall at running back and various other talents to Bruce Arians' offense. 

    That's not to say Seattle isn't a bit re-tooled as well. Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett and Percy Harvin have all been added to the mix since free agency began in March. The Cardinals may have closed the gap, but Pete Carroll and company are unstoppable at home. 

     

    Prediction: Seahawks 24, Cardinals 13

Week 17: Rams vs. Seahawks

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    Kickoff Time and Network: 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX

    Long gone are the days of the St. Louis Rams being the laughing stock of the NFC West. Head coach Jeff Fisher and general manager Les Snead made sure of that in 2012. Out of nowhere they won seven games, with one of those wins coming over the Seattle Seahawks. 

    Despite the last game of the season being close all the way down to the wire, the 'Hawks made sure to split the season series at home. This year they will be looking to sweep the season series, and it all starts by making sure they take care of business in front of their crowd. 

    The addition of Antoine Winfield to an already stout secondary should keep St. Louis' passing attack grounded in the Pacific Northwest. The Rams have a glaring hole at running back, along with an inconsistent ability to win on the road.

    That is why the Seahawks get the nod in this matchup. 

     

    Prediction: Seahawks 22, Rams 17

Final Predictions

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    Final Record: 12-4

    In Russell Wilson's second season, the Seattle Seahawks improved upon their record by one game. Despite having a tougher schedule, they lived up to expectations by stringing together multiple win streaks and making a playoff appearance in back-to-back seasons.

    Look for Seattle to go deep into the playoffs and possibly meet two of the teams that beat them in the regular season. Getting back at either San Francisco or Atlanta would be all too sweet as both teams advanced further than the 'Hawks did in 2012.

    The Seahawks' youth and salary cap freedom will make them consistent contenders for the next five years, easy.