The Seattle Seahawks were expected to struggle after the departure of All-Pro quarterback Russell Wilson. Surprisingly, they have had some modest success early in the 2022 NFL season.
However, those achievements might not be enough to see them through to a playoff appearance. After all, their division alone is tough, and they might lose all games against other teams in the NFC West.
Geno Smith took over from Wilson as starting quarterback, leading an offense with Rashaad Penny and Kenneth Walker III in the backfield. Meanwhile, the Seahawks’ receiving corps features DK Metcalf, Tyler Lockett, Marquise Goodwin, and tight end Will Dissly. Left tackle Charles Cross is also doing wonders on the offensive line.
Preseason, NFL betting odds were amongst the longest in the league for the Seahawks to take home the Super Bowl, and despite a better start than expected, we’d still be inclined to agree with those estimates.
On defense, Shelby Harris leads their push up front, while Jordyn Brooks and Uchenna Nwosu create havoc from the linebacker position. The Seahawks also have Quandre Diggs and Jamal Adams in the secondary. Jason Myers is their placekicker on special teams, while Michael Dickson is their punter.
The Seahawks won two of their first five games in 2022. But aside from their 27-7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, all their other games were within one possession, regardless of the result. Their current performance erased their momentum at the end of the 2021 season, wherein they won four of their last six games.
However, the Seahawks have been underwhelming as of late, unlike in their peak years from 2005 to 2015. During that time frame, the team had eight playoff appearances and three trips to the Super Bowl.
They’ve won Super Bowl XLVIII in lopsided fashion against the Denver Broncos. The Seahawks had four more postseason appearances after that period but never made it past the Divisional Round.
The Seahawks franchise was established in 1974 and played its first season two years later. They were assigned to the AFC from 1977 to 2001 before transferring to the NFC West a year later. Aside from one Super Bowl victory and three conference championships, the Seahawks also have 11 division titles and 19 playoff appearances.
The Paul Allen Trust owns the Seahawks and is chaired by Jodi Allen. The team has a valuation of $4.5 billion as of August 2022, making it the 14th most valuable franchise in the league. Meanwhile, their geographical location allows them to attract football fans from other states like Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, and Utah.
The Seahawks play their home games at Lumen Field, formerly Qwest Field. It was opened in 2002 and can accommodate up to 68,740 spectators. Seahawks fans are collectively referred to as the “12th Man.” They do not hesitate to make noise to disrupt the visiting team, especially when they are on offense.
Seahawks fans have claimed the Guinness World Record twice for the loudest crowd roar at an outdoor stadium. This accolade means that the atmosphere at Lumen can be deafening, especially when the opposing team is on third down.
The Seahawks and the Green Bay Packers have met in the playoffs four times, with the Packers winning three. They also lead the all-time series record, 15-9, and have won their last three meetings. Meanwhile, the Seahawks have won two postseason games against the Denver Broncos. Still, the Broncos lead the all-time series, 35-22, but the Seahawks won their 2022 Week 1 meeting.
Aside from those teams, the Seahawks have rivalries with their fellow NFC West teams. The Seahawks lead their all-time series against the San Francisco 49ers, 30-18. Seattle won their only playoff encounter against the 49ers, but San Francisco won their most recent meeting.
Meanwhile, the Seahawks have a slight 25-24 edge in their all-time series versus the Los Angeles Rams. However, the Rams won both postseason meetings and are on a three-game winning streak against them. Finally, the Seahawks also have a 23-22-1 lead over the Arizona Cardinals. The Seahawks also won their most recent faceoff.