5 Takeaways from Seattle Seahawks Preseason Opener

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5 Takeaways from Seattle Seahawks Preseason Opener
Jody Gomez-USA TODAY Sports
The Seattle Seahawks easily defeated the San Diego Chargers 31-10 in their preseason debut.

The Seattle Seahawks are poised to make a legitimate run to the top of the NFC West. 

If last Thursday's 31-10 preseason victory against the San Diego Chargers is any indication, Seattle is well on their way to achieving their goal of returning to the playoffs, albeit this time as division champions.

There are plenty of reasons to focus on the Seahawks in the upcoming season.  One year removed from an impressive 11-5 year, Seattle has numerous reasons to be hopeful heading towards the 2013 regular season. 

How will second-year quarterback Russell Wilson mature and develop in a league that is now fully aware of his capabilities?  Will returning veterans like wide receiver Sidney Rice and running back Marshawn Lynch continue to make notable contributions?  To what extent, if any, will injured wide receiver Percy Harvin have on Seattle's chances this year? 

In addition, can Seattle's top-ranked defense perform at the same level as it did in 2012?  Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, can the Seahawks get the best of their division rival San Francisco 49ers and overcome them in the division standings?

All of the aforementioned questions beg answers and some of them were revealed in Seattle's Week 1 preseason opener in San Diego.

Like any NFL team, there are things to be learned from the opening game.  Sure, it is only the preseason but there are plenty of indications regarding what faces the team heading forward. 

Here are five takeaways from the Seahawks first preseason game.

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