Three reasons why the Seahawks can win it all this year
With playoff football on the horizon, it’s Super Bowl or bust for all 12 teams. FOX Sports NFL insider Alex Marvez gives three reasons why each team will win the Super Bowl XLIX.
A crushing defense: Defensive end Michael Bennett has spoken about the 2014 Seahawks fielding the greatest defense in NFL history. He isn’t blowing smoke. Seattle led the NFL in fewest yards and points allowed. None of the Seahawks’ final six opponents scored more than 14 points or gained more than 245 yards. The November return of middle linebacker Bobby Wagner from a toe injury shored what was a struggling run defense while the Legion of Boom remains the NFL’s best secondary.
Marshawn Lynch is still a beast: Despite a lingering back issue, Lynch steamrolled to 1,306 rushing yards and finished the regular season tied with Dallas’ DeMarco Murray for the league-lead in rushing touchdowns with 13. Lynch combines power with enough speed to score from anywhere on the field, which was evidenced by his 79-yard touchdown jaunt in Week 16 against Arizona. The attention Lynch receives from defenses makes it easier for quarterback Russell Wilson to roll outside the pocket, where he is most effective.
Swagger: The confidence Seattle built on its Super Bowl journey last season has carried over to this year’s team that returned the bulk of its championship roster. The Seahawks weathered the early-season turbulence that came with a 3-3 start and issues involving Percy Harvin, the fleet wide receiver who was traded to the New York Jets because he wasn’t fitting into Seattle’s team fabric. Having home-field advantage throughout the playoffs in a stadium where the Seahawks have lost only two games in two seasons doesn’t hurt either.