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Seattle Seahawks Schedule 2014: Win-Loss Predictions for Every Game

Tyson LanglandNFC West Lead WriterApril 23, 2014

Seattle Seahawks Schedule 2014: Win-Loss Predictions for Every Game

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    The much-anticipated 2014 regular-season schedule was just released for the Seattle Seahawks and 31 other NFL organizations.

    Even though the Seahawks' regular-season opponents have been known since January, the dates, times and network coverages were released today at 8 p.m. ET.

    Here is a complete look at the 2014 schedule with game-by-game predictions, information and analysis.

Week 1: Seahawks vs. Green Bay Packers

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    Kickoff Time: 8:30 p.m. Eastern

    Network: NBC

     

    We all remember what happened the last time these two teams played in Seattle. Golden Tate became the most hated NFL player in the state of Wisconsin, the Seahawks' front four played like wild dogs and Russell Wilson got his first prime-time win. 

    Since then a lot has changed for both teams. Yet, there is one thing hasn't changed. The Packers still deploy one of the most potent offenses in the NFL because of Aaron Rodgers. In turn, this will make life difficult for the Seahawks secondary.

    It doesn't happen often, but, once in a while, a team comes to the Pacific Northwest and knocks Seattle off in front of the 12th man. That's exactly what Rodgers and the Packers will do. Revenge will be sweet for them.

     

    Prediction: Loss

Week 2: Seahawks at San Diego Chargers

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    Kickoff Time: 4:05 p.m. Eastern

    Network: FOX

     

    It's hard not to like what the San Diego Chargers did last year. They rallied late in the season and made some noise in the playoffs. Unfortunately for the Chargers, they didn't exactly makes any moves to get better this offseason.

    Apparently, they were content with the roster they had. That doesn't bode well for them during the regular season. Aside from the fact the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders both made an effort to get better, San Diego has to play the entire NFC West this season. 

    The Seahawks will show the Chargers why they should have made some sort of investment in the offensive line. Michael Bennett, Cliff Avril, Bruce Irvin and Brandon Mebane will acquaint themselves with Philip Rivers time and time again in the backfield.

     

    Prediction: Win 

Week 3: Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos

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    Matt Slocum

    Kickoff Time: 4:25 p.m. Eastern

    Network: CBS

     

    After getting blown out in the Super Bowl, John Elway and the Denver Broncos took a unique approach to free agency. Instead of building their roster patiently through the draft, they went all out on players like DeMarcus Ware and Aqib Talib. 

    Without a doubt, the Broncos have their sights set on making another Super Bowl run. You can't blame them for going all in, because Peyton Manning's window is closing. However, the talent still has to click on the field, so that will be something to watch. 

    As far as the talent clicking goes when the Broncos play the Seahawks, it shouldn't shock you if Denver gets the best of Seattle.

     

    Prediction: Loss

Week 5: Seahawks at Washington Redskins

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    Kickoff Time: 8:30 p.m. Eastern

    Network: ESPN

     

    There are times when Dan Snyder looks incompetent. He overspends in free agency, hires the wrong head coach and makes rash decisions. Yet, it looks like 2014 is shaping up to be his year. He hired the right head coach, acquired key players on both sides of the ball and is being less vocal than he has ever been.

    This is a good thing for the organization. But that doesn't mean the Redskins are ready to compete with the best of the best in the NFC. Their defense still needs a ton of work. Washington struggles to rush the passer, and its secondary is as leaky as ever. 

    This means the Seahawks will take advantage of the Redskins' porous defense. Russell Wilson should have no problem beating Washington the way he did when these two teams played in the playoffs in 2012.

    Defensively, fans should expect an outstanding performance as well.

     

    Prediction: Win 

Week 6: Seahawks vs. Dallas Cowboys

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    Kickoff Time: 4:25 p.m. Eastern

    Network: FOX

     

    When these two teams played in 2012, Russell Wilson was just getting his feet wet, the Seahawks were coming off of a 7-9 season and the Cowboys were supposed to be contenders in the NFC. It's amazing how quickly things can change. 

    Dallas has regressed in terms of talent on the defensive side of the ball, and Seattle has won their first Super Bowl. Based on the fact the Cowboys are likely to finish 8-8, like they do every year, this game will be their Super Bowl.

    Unfortunately for them, they will lose in embarrassing fashion. Seattle will harass Tony Romo on defense and capitalize on his mistakes on offense.

     

    Prediction: Win 

Week 7: Seahawks at St. Louis Rams

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    Kickoff Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern

    Network: FOX

     

    In surprising fashion, the Rams came out firing when they played the Seahawks on Monday Night Football last year. Zac Stacy was pounding the rock, Kellen Clemens was working the play-action pass and Robert Quinn made Russell Wilson's life hell on earth. 

    Yet, the Seahawks held strong and made plays when they had to down the stretch. It would be wise to expect the same kind of game this time around, because a Jeff Fisher-coached team is always right there with its opponent. 

    Seattle will win with its fearsome run game and strong play in the secondary. Having Russell Okung at left tackle will be a huge boost this time around as well. He neutralized Quinn in the final game of the year last season.

     

    Prediction: Win 

Week 8: Seahawks at Carolina Panthers

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    Kickoff Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern

    Network: FOX

     

    For the third time in as many seasons, the Seahawks will travel to Carolina. The good news is the Seahawks have traveled well when they had to go to Carolina. Over the course of the last two seasons, they are 2-0 against the Panthers

    And they should have no problem notching their third-straight win in Carolina. Why? Because the Panthers unraveled this offseason. They let Steve Smith walk, their secondary is depleted at the cornerback and safety positions and half of their offensive line retired. 

    It's safe to say they won't have the same type of success they had in 2013. Seattle's defense will create turnovers, Marshawn Lynch will be the offensive firepower and Russell Wilson will do just enough to keep the time of possession in the Seahawks' favor.

     

    Prediction: Win 

Week 9: Seahawks vs. Oakland Raiders

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    Kickoff Time: 4:25 p.m. Eastern

    Network: CBS

     

    What happened to the Oakland Raiders? At one time, they were a storied franchise that posted double-digit-win seasons on an annual basis. Apparently those days are long gone, because they haven't posted a double-digit-win season since 2002. 

    If Oakland does plan on competing in the AFC West by winning 10 games, the Seattle game won't be one of those 10 wins. The Seahawks pass-rush will overpower the Raiders' weak offensive line, and Russell Wilson will carve up their aging secondary. 

    At CenturyLink Field, this game won't even be close. The Seahawks will start fast and put the nail in the coffin before halftime.

     

    Prediction: Win 

Week 10: Seahawks vs. New York Giants

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    Kickoff Time: 4:25 p.m. Eastern

    Network: FOX

     

    You have to applaud the New York Giants for the job they did this offseason. They added key players in the secondary, totally revamped their running game and made a strong effort to rebuild the offensive line. 

    Eli Manning should benefit from the rebuilt offensive line. But that doesn't mean the Giants have enough talent on the offensive side of the ball to go on the road and knock off the defending Super Bowl champs.

    Shoot, New York couldn't even score a single point the last time it played Seattle.

    Clearly, the odds are in the Giants favor to score this time around, yet, for the second year in a row, they won't have an answer for Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril. 

     

    Prediction: Win 

Week 11: Seahawks at Kansas City Chiefs

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    Kickoff Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern

    Network: FOX

     

    The Kansas City Chiefs went from one of the worst teams in the AFC to one of the best. The rise wasn't unexpected because the talent level was there. But the coaching wasn't, and that's what Andy Reid brought to the table.

    Reid also brought Alex Smith, a player the Seahawks are familiar with, into the mix as well. The combination of Reid, Smith and the Chiefs defense proved to be deadly in the AFC last year.

    Nevertheless, the AFC barely holds a candle to the NFC in terms of talent, so Kansas City will be in for a rude awakening when it plays Seattle. 

    The Seahawks will make it a point to attack the Chiefs defense on the ground and control the line of scrimmage. Yes, the game plan sounds simple, but sometimes winning doesn't have to be complicated. And Seattle will prove that when it travels to Kansas City.

     

    Prediction: Win 

Week 12: Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals

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    Elaine Thompson

    Kickoff Time: 4:05 p.m. Eastern

    Network: FOX

     

    Even though the Arizona Cardinals knocked off the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field last season, one shouldn’t expect the same results in 2014. The Seahawks are still the league’s best home team, and quarterback Carson Palmer appears to be rattled by Dan Quinn’s defense. 

    Palmer probably won’t throw four interceptions this time around, but that doesn’t mean Seattle’s vaunted pass rush won’t have him off his game. The Seahawks front four is too good at moving signal-callers off their spot, which will ultimately end up being the difference. 

    Todd Bowles’ defense will do everything in their power to keep the game close, but Russell Wilson and Co. will capitalize on turnovers (unlike last game) and put the game away late.

     

    Prediction: Win 

Week 13: Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers

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    Ben Margot

    Kickoff Time: 8:30 p.m. Eastern

    Network: NBC

     

    Over the last couple of years, the Seahawks have had the edge over the 49ers in Seattle, but that’s simply not the case in San Francisco. Sure, the 49ers may not possess the same talent they once possessed on defense, but they still have two of the best edge-rushers in the league. 

    Furthermore, the 49ers have a top-notch offensive line that fuels an elite run game. In two years' time, Frank Gore has torched the Seahawks at home. On 33 carries, he has rushed for 241 yards and single-handedly willed San Francisco to victory. 

    In true Seahawks-49ers fashion, the game will be close. Yet, the edge goes to San Francisco at home. Gore will be the catalyst for the third time in as many games, and the 49ers will send the Seahawks back to Seattle with their tails between their legs.

     

    Prediction: Loss

Week 14: Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles

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    Elaine Thompson

    Kickoff Time: 4:25 p.m. Eastern

    Network: FOX

     

    Chip Kelly has turned the Philadelphia Eagles into a success story overnight. He has Nick Foles playing at an All-Pro level, LeSean McCoy is now the best running back in football and things are slowly coming together on the defensive side of the ball.

    Nonetheless, the Eagles still aren't in the same class as the Seahawks. The Seahawks proved they were the best team in the NFL. And they plan on showing why they are still the best team in the NFL when they travel to Philadelphia. 

    The game will end up being closer than some think because it is a road game for Seattle, but Dan Quinn's defense will do what it does best late in games: get stops.

     

    Prediction: Win 

Week 15: Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers

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    Kickoff Time: 4:25 p.m. Eastern

    Network: FOX

     

    Whenever the Seahawks play the San Francisco 49ers, it’s a blood bath. Yes, San Francisco had its moments in the NFC Championship Game, but that game was out of the norm for the 49ers. 

    They usually struggle to play well at CenturyLink Field. This, in turn, means the odds are in the Seahawks favor. Let’s not forget, San Francisco’s defense took a step back in terms of talent, and the wide receiver position is still a huge question mark. 

    With that being said, the Seahawks should dominate this game from start to finish. One should expect Seattle’s pass-rush to wreak havoc and knock quarterback Colin Kaepernick off his game. Plus, cornerback Richard Sherman will be looking to lock wide receiver Michael Crabtree down more than ever.

    It’s hard to see a less talented team like the 49ers go into Seattle and knock the Seahawks off at home. Historically, the 12th man has played a huge role every time these two teams play.

     

    Prediction: Win 

Week 16: Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals

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    Ross D. Franklin

    Kickoff Time: 8:30 p.m. Eastern

    Network: NBC

     

    Whether it is at home or in the desert, the Seahawks have had the Cardinals' number since Pete Carroll and his staff took over in 2010. However, the tide might be turning in the Cardinals' favor.

    Despite losing at home last year to the Seahawks, Bruce Arians’ club quickly became one of the best home teams in the NFC under his watch. Arizona finished the 2013 season with a 6-2 record at home and beat teams like the Detroit Lions, Carolina Panthers and Indianapolis Colts.

    Quinn’s defense will put up a strong fight and keep Arizona’s aerial attack in check, but Andre Ellington will get loose out of the backfield. Ellington wasn’t a huge factor against the Seahawks in 2013, but his expanded role as a multipurpose threat will stump Seattle.

     

    Prediction: Loss

Week 17: Seahawks vs. St. Louis Rams

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    Elaine Thompson

    Kickoff Time: 4:25 p.m. Eastern

    Network: FOX

     

    Whether it's Sam Bradford or Kellen Clemens under center for St. Louis, the Seahawks have had their way with the Rams since 2010. That's not saying much based on the fact the Rams haven't had a winning season in a decade. 

    Nevertheless, a win is a win. And the Seahawks will be setting themselves up for another win when the Rams travel to the Pacific Northwest in 2014. It's hard to tell which St. Louis team will show up, but that won't matter as long as Seattle holds St. Louis to under 200 yards of total offense like it did last year.

    Holding a team to less than 200 yards of total offense is no easy feat, but if any one team can do it, the Seahawks can. 

     

    Prediction: Win 

    Final Record: 12-4

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