In what was supposed to be a rebuilding year—new head coach moving up from a college job, quarterback competition between a decrepit vet and an unproven youngster, revolving door at running back, a break-but-don't-shatter defense, injuries across the board—the Seahawks endured a midseason stretch where they lost seven of nine games to not only win the NFC West, but also knock off the defending Super Bowl champions in the wild card playoff round.
So now what? The Seahawks have become one of those teams that exceed expectations one year, then after the expectations rise and the roster doesn't necessarily upgrade, are now in danger of falling short of expectations that may be unrealistic. They are the overachievers being set up to underachieve.
With the ongoing NFL lockout adding another layer of uncertainty for the Seahawks, here are seven predictions for an unpredictable season: