Do The Seahawks Have What It Take To Win This Year?

ethan mitchellContributor IMay 18, 2009

SEATTLE - JANUARY 05:  A Seattle Seahawks fan cheers on his team during the game against the Washington Redskins during the NFC Wild Card game at Qwest Field on January 5, 2008 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the Redskins 35-14.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

9-7 in 2004

13-3 in 2005

9-7 in 2006

10-6 in 2007

4-12 in 2008

Four out of the past five years the Seahawks have made the playoffs. Do they have what it takes to make to the promise land this year?

Its all about staying healthy, something the Seahawks failed to get done last season. Matt Hasselbeck played in a mere seven games while Nate Burleson and Deion Branch combined for 35 receptions on the year.

The Seahawks acquired  T.J. Houshmandzadeh, another weapon for number 8 to throw the ball to. With Houshmandzadeh in Seattle, the recieving core will consist of T.J., Deion Branch and Nate Bureleson at wideout while John Carlson will feature at tight end.

After trading away Julian Peterson to the Lions for Cory Redding and a 5th round pick the Seahawks went right back to drafting a linebacker to fill the highly anticipated void. While in my opinion Julian Peterson still has a lot left in the tank, I would have kept Peterson and taken the risk on the inexperienced yet successful QB Mark Sanchez who is playing against top-line defenses everyday in practice.

But back to the question of "Do The Seahawks Have What It Takes To Win This Year?"

In my mind they do; despite having the super bowl runner up in there conference I still feel like that whenever we play the Cardinals, the game is in the Hawks hands, if the DB's can keep the ball out of Fitzgeralds hands. I can see with a healthy team the Seahawks can go anywhere from 8-8 to 10-6. 

Lets just hope and pray the injury plauge doesn't wipe out the whole Seahawks roster this upcoming season.