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Hasselbeck has averaged 1.57 touchdowns per game for the past six years. Over a full, 16-game season that’s 25.12 touchdowns.

6’4” 79 receptions in 2009

Hasselbeck’s health key to 2010?

Offseason surgery a concern?

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Can you trust Hasselbeck as your backup or second QB?

Injury rundown 2006 - Knee 2008 - Back/knee 2009 - Rib

Eighth or ninth round in fantasy drafts? Will this connection work better in 2010?

6.38 fantasy points per game in 2009

Will he get more looks in the red zone?

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Welcome to the Renton Reporter’s third annual Seahawks Special Section. This year we take a look at fantasy football and how it relates to Seahawks fans right in time for training camp to start July 31. Send questions and comments to amcfadden@rentonreporter.com - Adam McFadden, section editor

WHAT’S INSIDE: Page 3

- An introduction to fantasy football, how to play and what it means to Seahawks fans

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- Predictions for each Seahawks game of the 2010 season

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- All the information you need to attend training camp practices at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center and what you can expect when you’re there

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- An in-depth fantasy football preview of the Seahawks, going over all of the position groups

Page 9 - The Sea-

hawks 2010 preseason and regular season schedule

MORE INFO:

On the Seahawks Seahawks.com

Where to play fantasy football ESPN - ESPN.com Yahoo! Sports - Football. fantasysports.yahoo.com Fox - Foxsports.com CBS Sports - CBSSports.com

Where to read about fantasy football ESPN - ESPN.com Yahoo! Sports - Football. fantasysports.yahoo.com Fox - Foxsports.com CBS Sports - CBSSports.com RotoExperts - RotoExperts. com

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What’s this game all about? BY ADAM MCFADDEN amcfadden@rentonreporter.com

Fantasy is reality. Or maybe reality is fantasy. Either way, legions of fantasy football fans are spending each Sunday rooting for teams that don’t exist outside of their minds and the Internet. And those legions are growing. Rapidly. Fantasy football long ago took the sports fans’ world by storm, but now it’s bursting from the pipes of geeks’ minds, seeping into the mainstream and dripping slowly into the real sports world. Consider Jacksonville Jaguars (real football) running back Maurice Jones-Drew is now hosting a fantasy football (fake football) radio show on Sirius XM, using his NFL experience to analyze fantasy football (confusing). Fantasy football is everywhere, no longer a niché game for the statistically inclined. “It’s a way for NFL fans to have an interactive stake in the sport,” said Scott Engel, managing director of RotoExperts.com and fantasy expert. “It gives them an added reason to watch and have interest in the game.” So what exactly is fantasy football? It’s a game where people get together to form a league, build a team, earn fantasy points based on statistics of football players and compete against each other. Let’s start at the beginning, building a team. The majority of fantasy football leagues start with a draft. There are also auction leagues available, where owners all have a set salary cap and buy the rights to players auction-style. Once you have your team drafted, you can put in minimum or maximum time into maintaining the team through the season. Minimum is checking your roster once a week, making sure your starters aren’t on a bye week and maybe seeing if there’s a free agent you’d like to add. Maximum can be much, much more. One thing every fantasy football owner quickly realizes: There is always more fantasy football analysis to read online. Insatiable need for news Look around the upper section next time you’re at a Seahawks game. For every frantic member of the 12th Man, you’ll see two people vigorously checking their iPhone to see box scores from other games around the league. “Sometimes my wife will give me crap because I’ll check my fantasy scores during the Seahawks game,” said Tony Rossman. Rossman is a Seahawks fan, who attends games and training camp practices, as well as playing fantasy football. Being a football fan used to be simple. You live and die with your team. Fantasy football can evolve from a hobby to a weekly routine in the blink of an eye. Sunday and Monday obviously have games. Tuesday and Wednesday are for researching and making decisions on waiver claims. Thursday, Friday and Saturday involve reading news on injuries and making final decisions on starters. Each week, every fantasy team can put in a waiver claim for available players (players not on anyone’s team). Waiver order usually is the opposite of the league standings. This is a big part of fantasy football, as injuries and performance are always creating different key players week-to-week. How are fans to decide between real rooting interests and fantasy rooting interests? Simply put, fantasy football can get complicated.

SO YOU WANT TO PLAY FANTASY FOOTBALL...

Fantasy football is all about how much work and time you want to put into it. That said, certain league and draft types will require more research, time and practice. Look for the small Seahawk helmets as a gauge for difficulty and involvement. One helmet is the easiest, five helmets might require a little more preparation time.

Follow this chart to find which league type and settings are right for you.

Do you have at least seven other friends who want to play?

Private league with friends This is usually going to be the most fun. There’s nothing better than trash talking amongst friends and loved ones.

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Public league online Head to any number of popular web sites that offer free fantasy football leagues and have it place you in a public league. This is a great, low-consequence way for beginners to try the game.

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Maintaining your team through the season is important. At the minimum, you should check your starting lineup each week to make sure no one is on bye. Then you can add more as you see fit, from putting in waiver claims and making trade offers, to reading advanced analysis. The important thing is to figure out how much time you want to spend and have fun.

Take Steven Jackson for example. Jackson has been a top fantasy option at running back for years now, and also plays for the St. Louis Rams – a league rival to the Seahawks. So, by rooting for the Seahawks, fantasy owners could be rooting against their own fantasy team at times. “It’s never to the point where I’ll actually cheer for the other team,” said Mike Lawver. Lawver is a Seahawks season-ticket holder. He’s attended a number of training camp practices at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center and is an avid fantasy football player. On the flip side, if things aren’t going the Seahawks’ way, fantasy interests enter the mind. “If we’re down big and there’s not much time left, my mentality now is if they’re going to score, might as well be the guy that I own,”

Rossman said. “If the game’s tight, screw fantasy. I’d rather have the Seahawks get a win.” Lawver was slow to start playing because he worried about it changing the way he watched football. “I was kind of against it because of the whole fan loyalty thing,” he said. “If it’s going to affect how I perceive my team, the team comes first.” He finally gave in and has been hooked ever since. Fantasy football may be changing the way fans look at NFL football, but that isn’t a bad thing.

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2010 season predictions: Seahawks looks to bounce back under Pete Carroll how will Vincent Jackson’s absence (he is expected to be suspended) work against the team? Verdict - The Chargers are more talented, but they have a habit of starting seasons low. The Seahawks take advantage. Record - 2-1

BY ADAM MCFADDEN amcfadden@rentonrepoter.com

After so many offseason changes, the Seahawks might be the hardest NFL team to predict in 2010. Will Pete Carroll finally bring stability to the team, after three head coaches in three years? How quickly can Russell Okung and Earl Thomas make the team better? This group has a lot of questions and won’t have many answers until Sept. 12 at the season opener against the San Francisco 49ers. That said, here is my attempt to reason with the Seahawks’ 2010 schedule:

Week 5 - BYE

Seahawks quarterbacks J.P. Losman, Matt Hasselbeck and Charlie Whitehurst, from left to right, throw passes during a drill at an offseason practice. ADAM MCFADDEN, Renton Reporter passing game. Demaryius Thomas comes from a run-centric George Tech to replace Brandon Marshall at wide receiver. On the other side Eddie Royal went from 91 receptions in 2008 to 37 last year. The defense improved quite a bit and finished seventh in the league in yardage. Linebacker Elvis Dumervil will be a threat to Matt Hasselbeck. The linebacker finished with 17 sacks last year. Verdict - Seattle’s defense leads the way to a win. Record - 1-1

Verdict - San Francisco takes the regular season opener. Record - 0-1 Week 2 at Broncos The Broncos have big questions in the

Week 3 vs. Chargers The Seahawks should be able to score against an average Chargers’ defense. Philip Rivers and the Chargers had a powerful passing attack in 2009, but

Week 6 at Bears Adding passing specialist Mike Martz to Jay Cutler and Chicago’s talented group of receivers should make the Bears tough to stop. Matt Forte and Chester Taylor are a solid duo at running back. Free agent addition defensive end Julius Peppers will be a big test for Okung, the rookie starting at left tackle. Verdict - The Bears offseason moves make them too tough and Cutler improves his interception-prone ways. Record - 3-2 Week 7 vs. Cardinals Losing wide receiver Anquan Boldin and quarterback Kurt Warner will change this offense big time. That said, the Cardinals still have Larry Fitzgerald and Steve Breaston. It all depends on whether Leinart can get them the ball. [ more PREDICTIONS page 10 ]

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Week 1 vs. 49ers San Francisco is a popular pick to win the NFC West, so Seattle could have its hands full right away. The 49ers added Mike Iupati and Anthony Davis to the offensive line through the draft, and this could be a very good offense. Tight end Vernon Davis caught 13 touchdown passes last year. Running back Frank Gore had another productive season. Alex Smith could be improved at quarterback, while young wide receivers Michael Crabtree and Josh Morgan give him plenty of targets. Linebacker Patrick Willis is one of the league’s best.

Week 4 at Rams The Rams are making positive moves, but there will be a steep learning curve for rookie quarterback Sam Bradford. Seattle may be able to drum up some pass rush and make things ugly for Bradford. Steven Jackson will get his yards on the ground; but if Seattle gets a lead, it can neutralize his impact. The Seahawks will be able to score on the St. Louis defense. Verdict - Seattle wins a road game in the division, essential to any postseason hopes. Record - 3-1

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Fans can see the Seahawks in action at 15 open practices during Bing Training Camp at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center in Renton. Practices start July 31 and run through Aug. 16; for a full schedule go to Seahawks.com. Fans must preregister for the practices online. Last season the team opened several practices and fans were able to sit on a berm next to the practice fields, or wander most of the way around the fields - with just a short fence separating the team. Many Seahawks took time after practice last season to sign autographs and pose for photos for fans along the fence. The team also had stands offering merchandise, food and games for children. The team will also practice for an open session at Husky Stadium Aug. 8. No registration is required for the practice. When attending a practice, park at The Landing in Renton, then ride a bus to the VMAC. Bring photo ID to confirm registration and receive camp wristbands. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and children under 3 don't need to be registered. Check in at The Landing will start about 45 minutes before the practice is scheduled to start. Bing is the presenting sponsor for the Seahawks’ training camp.

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Team fantasy preview: Seattle Seahawks

BY ADAM MCFADDEN amcfadden@rentonreporter.com

The Reporter discussed the Seahawks’ fantasy prospects with fantasy expert and columnist Scott Engel. Engel is the managing director of RotoExperts.com. He started his career as a fantasy professional in 1996 at CBS Sportsline, where he was the managing editor of fantasy sports and a senior writer. Engel won the Fantasy Football Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writer’s Association in 2006. While at RotoExperts, his work has also appearend on NFL.com and Yahoo! Sports. Engel has been a Seahawks fan since 1983. As a 5-11 team with middling offensive production, the Seattle Seahawks aren’t exactly the Milky Way of fantasy stars. Seattle ranked 21st in total yards per game and 25th in points in 2009. The Seahawks were 15th in passing yards and 26th in rushing yards per game. Quarterbacks In football, the offense runs through the quarterback, so in that way Matt Hasselbeck is the lynchpin for Seattle’s fantasy prospects. What can fantasy owners expect from a quarterback who is turning 35 in September, has played in just 21 games the past two years and threw a career-high 17 interceptions last season? “I think Hasselbeck is still in the Top 20,” said Scott Engel, managing director of RotoExperts.com and fantasy expert. “Hasselbeck is certainly not done. People say he’s at the end of his career. I don’t think so.” Hasselbeck ranked 19th in fantasy points among quarterbacks in 2009, when he passed for 3,029 yards and 17 touchdowns in 14 games. That touchdown total was the lowest he’s had in any season he’s played more than seven games since 2002. Engel said the struggles were because of Seattle’s injured and struggling offensive line – something that should be better in 2009 with the addition of No. 6 overall pick Russell Okung at tackle. “Matt basically didn’t have time to throw last year,” Engel said. “He couldn’t connect with his receivers. This year, he needs more help and the offensive line should be better.” A healthy Hasselbeck with an improved offensive line could certainly be in the Top 20 among

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RB S LEEPER S Justin Forsett SEA - Leon Washington

chance to step up. He averaged 4.8 yards per carry last year. He rushed 20 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns against New England in Week 17. Jamaal Charles KC - Charles isn’t getting quite the respect he deserves in drafts, likely because veteran Thomas Jones is now in the mix. Even if Jones does take some carries, check out what Charles did with just 190 carries in 2009: 1,120 yards (5.9 yards per carry) and seven touchdowns. Consider that his baseline for 2010, with much more in store. Felix Jones DAL - He’s currently the starter for a prolific offense. Stunningly, he has a 6.5 yards per carry career average through 20 games. He will get a chance to shine and could be a first-round value in 2010.

may not be healthy by the start of the season and Julius Jones will be 29. In his two games with at least 20 touches, Forsett totaled 149 yards (17 carries, five catches) and 130 yards (22 carries).

Michael Bush OAK - Darren McFadden is

currently the Raiders’ starter, but the team will have to recognize Bush as the more rounded back sooner or later. McFadden has played 25 games and averaged 3.9 yards per carry in his two years. Bush played 16 games last year and averaged 4.8 yards per carry.

Arian Foster HOU - Steve Slaton was a huge disappointment last year and rookie Ben Tate has hamstring issues. It looks like Foster’s

CONSISTENT ENOUGH? Seattle WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh will likely be the first Seahawk selected in fantasy football drafts in 2010, but he struggled with consistency in 2009. Here are his game-by-game fantasy point totals from last season. Start

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Running backs The running backs would also benefit directly from improved line play. This might be the trickiest Seattle position for fantasy owners.

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fantasy QB’s and may move in to the Top 15. If Hasselbeck misses extended time, the team J.P. Losman and Charlie Whitehurst to step in. Losman passed for 3,051 yards, 19 touchdowns and 14 interception in his one full season (with the Buffalo Bills). Whitehurst has yet to throw a regular-season pass in his three seasons.

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Julius Jones was the starter last year, but he isn’t getting fantasy owners excited. He hasn’t topped 700 rushing yards or two rushing touchdowns since 2006. Justin Forsett is getting the most buzz among Seahawks running backs. He was outstanding when he got extended touches in 2009 (averaged 139.5 yards from scrimmage in games when he got more than 15 touches), but he is smaller than typical running backs and some worry about his durability. “Nobody wants Julius Jones on their fantasy teams anymore,” Engel said. “My worry with Forsett

is that they don’t have a physical compliment and he could wear down. I don’t know if he’s somebody I can have in my lineup every week.” The team’s wildcard is Leon Washington. Washington was a dynamic player for the New York Jets before breaking his leg last season. If his recovery goes well, he has a chance to be with the Seahawks for the start of the 2010 season. Though Engel doesn’t think he offers much to fantasy owners because of his limited touches. Washington is an ideal thirddown back because he’s shifty and a good receiver. If Forsett doesn’t get the starting nod over Jones, Washington could cut into Forsett’s value as a third-down back. Forsett is a solid sleeper as he could take Seattle’s starting job. Jones probably belongs on a bench as he would be in line for most of the team’s carries if Forsett gets hurt. Receivers The key wide receivers for the Seahawks will be T.J. Houshmandzadeh, Deon Butler, Golden Tate and Deion Branch. Houshmandzadeh and Tate will likely find homes in pretty much all fantasy leagues, while Butler and Branch are more wait-andsee types. Houshmandzadeh caught 79 passes for 911 yards and three touchdowns in 2009. That’s his lowest reception total since 2005 and he should be in line for more receptions in 2010. Tate is an intriguing fantasy pick. He excelled as a playmaker in 2009 at Notre Dame, catching 93 passes for 1,496 yards and 15 touchdowns. It remains to be seen

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how much action he’ll get for the Seahawks in his rookie year, but the team would be wise to involve him as much as possible. Engel is excited about Butler’s potential, even after the speedster caught just 15 passes for 175 yards in 2009. “When the offensive line doesn’t give much protection, it’s hard to get deep plays done,” Engel said. “I think they’ll find ways to use his deep speed more.” Tight end John Carlson enters his third season already established as one of the league’s top pass-catching players at his position. His production dipped slightly last season to 51 catches for 574 yards and seven touchdowns. Much of the reason for that is that he was forced to stay closer to the line and block more in 2009. The addition of Chris Baker, an excellent blocking tight end, in the offseason should give a boost to Carlson. “The fact that they brought Baker over really frees him (Carlson) up,” Engel said. “I like Carlson. He’s got soft hands, runs well after the catch and is a natural receiver.” Defense Most leagues allow fantasy owners to pick a team to use as a defense and special teams unit. In those leagues, Seattle comes in near the bottom. The team couldn’t produce much of a pass rush and that effected the entire defensive effort. The Seahawks allowed 24.4 points per game (25th in the NFL). Seattle didn’t add an impact pass rusher in the offseason, so stay away from this group in drafts unless it proves it can excel during the season. If Washington comes back fully healthy he could add some impact to Seattle’s D/ST group. He has four career kickoff returns for touchdowns and had three in 2007. In leagues that use Individual Defensive Players (IDP), linebacker Lofa Tatupu is the top option. Tatupu played five games in 2009 after suffering a torn pectoral muscle, and should be back to full strength this season. He averaged 107.8 tackles in his first four seasons. Other Seattle defenders have a chance to be useful, but all require a leap in production. Aaron Curry, Earl Thomas and Lawrence Jackson are all young and talented enough to be on your radar.

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Few players divide analysts like Seattle QB Matt Hasselbeck. There is one thing everyone can agree on: Behind a suspect line and losing team, he has been very inconsistent. What does this mean for fantasy owners? Hasselbeck makes a fine second option in two-QB leagues or backup, but don’t rely on him to start for your squad until the Seahawks’ offense makes forward strides.

FANTASY FOOTBALL CHEAT SHEETS RUNNING WIDE TIGHT RECEIVERS ENDS BACKS Chris Johnson (TEN), BYE - 9 Adrian Peterson (MIN), 4 Maurice Jones-Drew (JAC), 9 Ray Rice (BAL), 8 Frank Gore (SF), 9 Steven Jackson (STL), 9 DeAngelo Williams (CAR), 6 Michael Turner (ATL), 8 Ryan Grant (GB), 10 Rashard Mendenhall (PIT), 5 Shonn Greene (NYJ), 7 Cedric Benson (CIN), 6 Matt Forte (CHI), 8 Knowshon Moreno (DEN), 9 Ryan Mathews (SD), 10 Beanie Wells (ARI), 6 LeSean McCoy (PHI), 8 Jamaal Charles (KC), 4 Felix Jones (DAL), 4 Jonathan Stewart (CAR), 6 Pierre Thomas (NO), 10 Ronnie Brown (MIA), 5 Brandon Jacobs (NYG), 8 Ricky Williams (MIA), 5 Jahvid Best (DET), 7

Andre Johnson (HOU), 7 Randy Moss (NE), 5 Larry Fitzgerald (ARI), 6 Reggie Wayne (IND), 7 Roddy White (ATL), 8 Calvin Johnson (DET), 7 Brandon Marshall (MIA), 5 Miles Austin (DAL), 4 Greg Jennings (GB), 10 DeSean Jackson (PHI), 8 Anquan Boldin (BAL), 8 Sidney Rice (MIN), 4 Chad Ochocinco (CIN), 6 Steve Smith (CAR), 6 Michael Crabtree (SF), 9 Steve Smith (NYG), 8 Dwayne Bowe (KC), 4 Vincent Jackson (SD), 10 Mike Sims-Walker (JAC), 9 Hines Ward (PIT), 5 Percy Harvin (MIN), 4 Jeremy Maclin (PHI), 8 Santana Moss (WAS), 9 Hakeem Nicks (NYG), 8 Donald Driver (GB), 10

Dallas Clark (IND), 7 Antonio Gates (SD), 10 Vernon Davis (SF), 9 Bret Celek (PHI), 8 Tony Gonzalez (ATL), 8 Jason Witten (DAL), 4 Owen Daniels (HOU), 7 Kellen Winslow (TB), 4 Jermichael Finley (GB), 10 Chris Cooley (WAS), 9 Zach Miller (OAK), 10 Greg Olsen (CHI), 8 Vinsanthe Shiancoe (MIN), 4 John Carlson (SEA), 5 Heath Miller (PIT), 5

QUARTERBACKS Drew Brees (NO), 10 Aaron Rodgers (GB), 10 Peyton Manning (IND), 7 Tom Brady (NE), 5 Matt Schaub (HOU), 7 Philip Rivers (SD), 10 Tony Romo (DAL), 4 Joe Flacco (BAL), 8 Jay Cutler (CHI), 8 Brett Favre (MIN), 4 Eli Manning (NYG), 8 Donovan McNabb (WAS), 9 Kevin Kolb (PHI), 8 Matt Ryan (ATL), 8 Chad Henne (MIA), 5

TEAM DEFENSE New York Jets, 7 Philadelphia Eagles, 8 Baltimore Ravens, 8 Green Bay Packers, 10 Dallas Cowboys, 4 Minnesota Vikings, 4 San Francisco 49ers, 9 Pittsburgh Steelers, 5 New Orleans Saints, 10 Cincinnati Bengals, 6 New York Giants, 8 New England Patriots, 5 Denver Broncos, 9 San Diego Chargers, 10 Chicago Bears, 8

Watch those BYE weeks Don’t forget to pay attention to bye weeks for the players you’re drafting. Make sure your quarterback and backup quarterback don’t have the same bye week. Try to not get too many of your position players on the same week, or you could find yourself in a tough spot.

TOP 25 Chris Johnson Adrian Peterson Maurice Jones-Drew Ray Rice Frank Gore Steven Jackson Andre Johnson DeAngelo Williams Drew Brees Randy Moss Michael Turner Larry Fitzgerald Aaron Rodgers Ryan Grant Reggie Wayne Rashard Mendenhall Roddy White Shonn Greene Cedric Benson Calvin Johnson Peyton Manning Brandon Marshall Tom Brady Miles Austin Matt Forte


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Week 13 vs. Panthers Rookie QB Jimmy Clausen could be starting at this point in the season, but it doesn’t really matter. It’s the running back tandem of DeAngelo Williams and Jonathan Stewart that beat up on the Seahawks defense. Without Peppers, the defense loses some pass-rushing ability but is still solid enough to win a rough, close game. Verdict - Seattle loses a close one. Record - 6-6

Arizona’s secondary and line are strong, but the linebackers take a step back from last year. Verdict - Arizona’s offense isn’t clicking with Leinart just yet and Seattle wins at home. Record - 4-2 Week 8 at Raiders Quarterback Jason Campbell will make one of the league’s worst offenses better. The team has plenty of athletes in the backfield, but will running back Darren McFadden ever live up to his hype? The defense has strong points, led by cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha - who will match up with T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Verdict - Seattle is the better team and takes this one. Record - 5-2

Week 14 at 49ers The 49ers win a very close game that might be the back-breaker for Seattle’s playoff hopes. Verdict - San Francisco makes it a sweep. Record - 6-7

Week 9 vs. Giants New York has notably struggled with Seattle’s crowd noise before, meaning the 12th Man will be extra motivated. Eli Manning is more experienced this time around and should do better in an offense with few weak spots. The defense got stuck in a season-long funk last year but don’t count out how much pressure this team can apply to the quarterback. Verdict - The Giants are a little more composed in Seattle’s crowd and pulls out the win. Record - 5-3

Week 15 vs. Falcons Quarterback Matt Ryan is just one year better and his weapons (Roddy White, Tony Gonzalez, etc.) give Seattle troubles. Verdict - The Falcons have too much talent and take this game. Record - 6-8

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turnovers like few other teams. Verdict - New Orleans simply has more firepower in this one. Record - 5-5 Week 12 vs. Chiefs With Dwayne Bowe and Jamaal Charles, the Chiefs have offensive stars. But the onfield product is still unsteady. Charles has

a big game, while Bowe, quarterback Matt Cassel and the passing game struggle. Kansas City doesn’t have much on defense as rookie safety Eric Berry is still learning. Verdict - Seattle bounces back from a three-game losing streak. Record - 6-5

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Week 16 at Buccaneers Tampa Bay is making strides, but Josh Freeman is still very young at QB. Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams are projected to start at the wide receiver spots and both are rookies. This passing game will likely develop slowly. The defensive tackle spot also features two rookies. Seattle’s veterans can take advantage. Verdict - The Seahawks are clearly the better team on this day. Record - 7-8 Week 17 vs. Rams The Seahawks end the season on a positive note with a second straight win. Verdict - Seattle ends out of the playoffs, but with clear improvement for the first time in two years. Record 8-8

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Week 10 at Arizona Cardinals The Cardinals are starting to adjust their offensive strategy at this point, meaning they can take advantage of Seattle’s safeties. Verdict - Arizona bounces back and wins. Record - 5-4

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