Week 1 at SF (Result L)
Justin: Win Percentage: 50: They are a strong running team with a depleted defense. We are a strong run stopping team(with Bryant) with a horrible secondary. We match up pretty well with them. As long as we don’t beat ourselves (interceptions by whoever is playing QB) or let Smith get into a rhythm, I see us having a really good shot at this game.
Brad: Win Percentage: 51: I believe that the Seahawks are a team essentially built to counter a power run/power pass rush team like the 49ers. When healthy, this defense should be able to stop the Niner run game in its tracks. My worry is the offense. You mentioned interceptions. I'm thinking injuries.
With this team possibly being down both Gallery and Rice, we could have some issues as this team has yet to gel, possibly getting Okung back would be a boost, but the known uncertainty surrounding this game's opening active roster holds back an otherwise positive prediction. It's never easy to start a season on the road.
Week 2 at PIT
Justin: Win Percentage: 15: Yeah we still can win...but really? We won’t be able to run on these guys or pass. So, unless we can come up with some defensive plays, we will lose this game. This is a game I wish the kickoff rule was different because that could provide us with a spark. I hate you, Pittsburgh.
Brad: Win Percentage: 20: It's a long shot, but I think that our receivers do provide matchup problems that Ike Taylor and Co. can't quite handle. No, this won't be a game we are going to point to as one where our running game will break out, but anything could happen. I see this as probably being one of the lowest total run yardage games for the league this whole season, and it's likely that our secondary caves before theirs does. We all hate Pittsburgh; you aren't alone. Playing on the East Coast, at a likely early play time, won't help this team either.
Week 3 vs. ARI
Justin: Win Percentage: 60: This prediction is based purely on the fact that I don’t think that Kolb will be amazing. I see him having an up-and-down year, especially with no O-line. The secondary and rush defense, is suspect for Arizona. We should be able to run and pass efficiently. Just have to be careful because that defense early last year was winning games for the offensively inept cards.
Brad: Win Percentage: 70: It is my view that the Cardinals are still garbage. They will possibly be more consistent this year than last year, but what little they gained in consistency, they lost on defense. The Cardinals are likely going to be 0-2 and wavering coming into Qwest, and an inexperienced Kolb will find it hard handling the noise, assuming he isn't already injured. The Seahawks come up big for their first home game and blow up the wayward Cardinals.
Week 4 vs. ATL
Justin: Win Percentage: 35: Atlanta is a running team, who just added a huge playmaker in Julio Jones. We must pick our poison when we play them, and I think shutting down Turner should be our first priority. Offensively, we should be able to do at least well against them (if our QB play is not terrible). We have a good chance to come away with the upset, only because we are playing at home.
Brad: Win Percentage: 30: Shutting down Turner will be the easy part for this team. It's everything else that will prove challenging. There's no way to know how in sync our offense will be at this point, and I have a hard time believing that we will be able to cover Roddy White, Julio Jones and Tony Gonzalez.
I like our chances to upset because of our crowd at home, but we have to get them engaged first. If we fall behind early like this team historically has tended to do, the 12th man could prove to be a nonfactor. Our winning hinges on us not letting this one get out of hand in the first half.
Week 5 at NYG
Justin: Win Percentage: 25: We are going to get run over and passed on like we don’t know what we are doing all game…this is the game I see us getting throttled. They are the perfect team to really beat up on the Hawks. We just don’t match up well anywhere with them—offensively or defensively. I would go lower, but I believe that anything can happen in the game of gridiron football. All of the injuries that the Giants have gotten could bring them down enough for us to beat them.
Brad: Win Percentage: 40: Really, you think we're as unlikely to beat the Giants as the Steelers...I wouldn't stoop nearly as low. Now, I can't quite say I favor us to win, but on paper, we match up better than you say. They are a power run team first and foremost; I don't care if Bradshaw or Jacobs is toting the rock; we can shut that critical aspect of their game down.
People still have the last Giants game fresh in their minds when that truly was a horrible indicator, as our D-Line was already out with injuries along with most of the O-Line, we were dominated in the trenches, and if we're healthy, that isn't going to happen again. As with most of these games, this game's outcome will be decided on whether or not we can handle Nicks/Manningham.
And when dealing with the Giants, the best way to bring this offense down is by rattling Manning early and often. By shutting down the run game, we will be taking away his first safety valve, and as long as we cover the intermediate routes and force him to drive the ball deep, we will have our opportunity to pick him off.
If we can get good pressure and hit/sack him (which I believe we can), he is going to be off kilter early and often. We will be playing in the Eastern time zone, which will work negatively against us, as the NFL game times are slanted unfairly towards Eastern teams, but if we can overcome that, I like our chances.
Week 6 BYE WEEK
Justin: I don't think we can win this one.
Brad: I agree.
Week 7 at CLE
Justin: Win Percentage: 45: We match up pretty well against these guys, given that their strengths on offense are ours on defense. The Seahawks getting a run game going will be critical in this low-scoring affair. Whoever wins the ground war, I think will escape with the win. They have the edge only because we are not a good road team.
Brad: Win Percentage: 55: First of all, we're not ALL the way over onto the East Coast, so I guess that's positive No. 1. What we have working for us is that Cleveland lacks real playmakers on offense. They have some solid receivers and a solid young QB in Colt McCoy, but nothing really stands out as far as their passing game is concerned, so I am more than confident in our ability to cover them.
They won games last year by wearing down teams moving the ball on the ground, but you have to get first downs to elongate the effects of that fatigue. If our D-Line is intact, that won't be happening. Their defensive line is also a power defensive line, which is what our O-Line is best suited to play against.
Week 8 vs. CIN
Justin: Win Percentage: 65: We can’t lose this game. We need to hit them hard and fast, getting them to quit early, and this game will be a walk through. They have a really bad run game, with a worse QB situation than ours. This one should be a win, but I’ve seen bigger upsets.
Brad: Win Percentage: 70: We are at home, and we will be playing Cincinnati. I don't think I should really have to say much more, as the Bengals are so sorry at this point and time, and Dalton isn't going to be able to handle Qwest. AJ Green is always a threat, but he is worthless if the ball can't get to him with consistency.
Week 9 at DAL
Justin: Win Percentage: 38: I see this Dallas team as one who lost too many pieces this year, without adding much. They still have immense talent at all the skill positions, so they have a shot at every game they are in. But we should be able to score at least 17 or 20 points, which will at least put us in position to win this one. If we can hold them to less than 20, I think this game will be ours. But again, we are a horrible road team.
Brad: Win Percentage: 45: Dallas is coming off a down season, but I can't really remember a recent game where we have performed well in Texas. I worry about our ability to stop their balanced attack, as they don't really seem to rely on passing or running. However, their line is down two Pro Bowlers, and they are breaking in a lot of new pieces.
Ware is always a pass-rushing threat that could cause us fits, but by now, our schematics should be hitting their stride. It's always tough to say you can win in the Jerrydome, so that's not something I am going to guarantee.
Week 10 vs. BAL
Justin: Win Percentage: 40: By now, we are probably going to be all torn up due to injuries, but I’m just going to pretend that we are completely healthy. Baltimore will be able to score decently well against us all day, but if we can cause some pressure, they are prone to turnovers, so we may cause a couple, which we will need to convert to win. This Seahawk team needs to just keep faith in what they are doing and hope that Baltimore does something that will give us the game.
Brad: Win Percentage: 38: We may or may not be injured at this point, but I am only going to predict based on our roster. We can stop their running game, and they don't have any one all-world receiving threat, so they shouldn't be able to blow us up. This leads me to believe that this will be a low-scoring affair, especially since we are at home.
Baltimore is going to be jostling for playoff positioning by now, and we should still be in the NFC West race, so there are definite implications for both teams, but I predict their experience and cohesiveness to best our youth and potential. Anything can happen in front of the 12th man though.
Week 11 at STL
Justin: Win Percentage: 40: We will not win if Sam Bradford takes leaps and bounds this year. Their defense will be much better, along with an even stronger running game. I don’t see us having much of a chance if Bradford plays like he can. Hopefully, by now though, our QB has fully settled in; maybe he can even win us a game we should be out of.
Brad: Win Percentage: 45: We face the tough task of going up against the likely division leader at this point in time in their own Edward Jones Dome. I like how we match up against them defensively; however, they will likely be hitting their pass happy best before this point in the McDaniels system, so it could be tough to properly cover his creative schemes. This will be a critical game for both teams to reach the playoffs, and I think our players, hungry for another berth, will be up to the task, but I can't give us the edge in their home with so many question marks.
Week 12 vs. WAS
Justin: Win Percentage: 70: The 'Skins are one of those teams that has the ability to blow up any game...in both good and bad ways, though. They could just completely shut down and beat themselves. Or they will go out and run the ball 30 times and pass for 200 yards and no interceptions. I’m hoping they don’t do that, because our high is not as high. Their defense is old, and if you have a good enough line, you can stuff the run down their throats.
Brad: Win Percentage: 70: We are fortunate to be playing two of the worst teams in the division at home; I am all but willing to pencil this in as a win alongside the Cinci game. I doubt Grossman or Beck will be looking like All-Pros, and the Shanahan running scheme will falter like all the others as long as we remain healthy. We will be the physical team in this exchange.
Week 13 vs. PHI
Justin: Win Percentage-36: A high of 45 percent is all on the hunch that I have that, by now, Vick will be injured enough to either take him out of the game or make him a lot less effective. If he is completely healthy, then we cannot stop them. They will have complete control; winning this game would be on what they allow us to do. I have us with such a “high” percent only because we are at home.
Brad: Win Percentage: 30: By Week 13, I'd assume that all of the Eagles players would be on the same page, and they really look like they can beat us down. We're lucky to be playing at home. One of our safeties will have to shadow Vick at all times to stop him from running, and their defense just looks like too much for our young team.
While we should be able to gain decent yards on the ground, their exotic blitzing and top-tier corners and solid safeties would be too much to ask of most QBs, let alone the ones we have at our disposal. Vick could run all over us, if we're not careful in this one. Again, we're lucky to be at home for this one.
Week 14 vs. STL
Justin: Win Percentage: 50: This game is one of those games that could decide whether or not the Seahawks can hold onto the division. We need to win this one at home. We should at least be effective on offense since we are playing at home, but will our defense be able to stop or at least slow down Sam Bradford and Co.? I can see this game going either way.
Brad: Win Percentage: 60: I honestly believe that the Seahawks have the chops to go undefeated at home against all of their NFC West opponents. They will be coming off the Eagles game that no one expects to win, so if they can at least preform decently in the game prior, they will have nice confidence coming into this game. I believe they cap off the three-game home stand with a win over the Rams.
Week 15 at CHI
Justin: Win Percentage: 45: This is almost completely a hit on Jay Cutler. I think that he is the worst thing that has happened for Chicago in a long time. He gave them so much hope, but at best, he is a sloppy gunslinger. No, I don’t think we should be the favorites this game, but I think if we play a solid game and make Jay eat dirt, we will end up taking this one. This could be a huge win for Seattle.
Brad: Win Percentage: 45: We split our games with Chicago last season, as they won when it mattered the most, but after we had been downed by injuries, our healthy defensive line can crush their healthy offensive line...if it is healthy. I believe we win this game by a fairly decent margin the way we beat the Bears early on last season.
They have no standout receiving talent, and Cutler, while talented, is easily flustered and a questionable decision maker...not the type of QB that makes me worry about our secondary question marks, especially since they will all have some decent experience by this point against multiple types of offenses.
Week 16 vs. SF
Justin: Win Percentage: 65: By now, either our offensive line will be in shambles or really coming together to look like a cohesive unit. If we play at our potential, our QB, whoever it will be, should have tons of time, along with a decent run game to back him up. This should be a fairly winnable game…as long as Smith lives up...down to his expectations.
Brad: Win Percentage: 65: The Niners are looking to be one of the bottom feeding teams in the division again. The same pluses and minuses from Week 1 still apply; however, we will have regular season experience and homefield advantage coming into this game. Their receivers aside from Vernon Davis don't scare me, and our defense still trumps their offense overall. It is critical for the Hawks to win this game if they are serious about going to the playoffs.
Week 17 at ARI
Justin: Win Percentage: 45: This game I see as one we let slip away. Arizona will be bringing its big guns at us if we are fighting for a playoff spot here. This kind of pressure away from home for such a young team could cripple us. We need our run game to sparkle because both of our QBs will be under constant pressure. I think we can win, but this one doesn’t look that great.
Brad: Win Percentage: 60: The Cardinals are still the Cardinals; they will most likely be worn down and out of the playoff race at this point, and Kolb could be on IR. I do agree that it will be tough to be in a must-win game to cap the season like last year, but we were young last year and made it happen against a tougher opponent.
I believe we can overpower the Cardinals on both sides of the trenches, and while I see them causing problems for our secondary (if Kolb is healthy), we should be unstoppable to the point where it won't matter. The Cards should be worn down from many losses on the season, but may still be up to playing spoiler.