While the 2010 season saw a fortunate playoff berth for the Seattle Seahawks after they finished 7-9, 2011 was not as kind to a repeated 7-9 record. Looking for a return to the playoffs, the Seahawks must improve on the offensive side of the ball, as last season they ranked 23rd in points per game.
The NFC West, arguably the weakest division in the NFL, now finally has a front-runner. After a trip to the NFC Championship, the San Francisco 49ers are the favorite to repeat as NFC West division champions.
Therefore, if the Seahawks hope to make a push for the playoffs, they must get over the .500 mark and take the title from the hungry defending champions.
The following are four components of the Seahawks that must be clicking for them to stay viable in a relatively weak conference.