The hype surrounding the Seattle Seahawks in 2013 grows stronger every day. Many experts are predicting the team to vie to be best in the NFC, if not best in the NFL. For this 2013 Seahawks team, a Super Bowl appearance is for the taking, but to do so a few Seahawks need to have breakout seasons.
Russell Wilson, quarterback
One could say that Russell Wilson had a break out year in 2012, and he did. In fact, he is currently in the running for an ESPY award for “Breakthrough Athlete of the Year” for his success on the field last season. He began the season as an underdog, but the 75th pick of the 2012 draft led his team to the postseason and the third-best record in club history. He also tied Peyton Manning’s NFL rookie record with 26 touchdown passes in the regular season. Yet, Wilson’s work is not done. Wilson needs to have an even bigger impact in 2013 and to prove last season was not a fluke.
With the addition of wide receiver Percy Harvin for the 2013 season, Wilson will be expected to improve his passing game. The Seahawks top three receivers last season: Golden Tate, Doug Baldwin, and Sidney Rice combined for 124 receptions in 2012. In comparison, Detroit’s Calvin Johnson had 122 receptions last year alone. Harvin had 62 receptions in 9 games last year and Sidney Rice who led the Seahawks only had 50.
Without a go-to wide receiver, the Seahawks and Wilson relied heavily on rushing in 2012. The offense this year will need to capitalize on the passing game and the talent Harvin brings. If Wilson can adapt, he is poised for another breakout season.
Percy Harvin, wide receiver
Harvin is a well-known commodity in the NFL. The former Minnesota Viking wide receiver earned AP NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, Sporting News NFL Rookie of the Year, Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Year, and was a Pro Bowl selection in 2009. Harvin is coming off a serious ankle injury last season causing him to miss the final 7 games of the regular-season and a playoff game. He also made no secret of his desire to be traded. Rumors circulated that he wasn’t pleased with the Vikings plans for him on offense, nor was he pleased with the teams’ medical staff.
A change of pace and a change of team could be just what the doctor ordered for Harvin to have another breakout season similar to his 2009 campaign. He has the talent. Despite missing 7 games last season Harvin still led his team in receptions (62), and receiving yards (677), while scoring 5 touchdowns. He will be the primary receiver for the Seahawks offense.
Wilson stated to the Seattle Times,
“His (Harvin’s) talent level is unbelievable, off the charts. He brings an explosive mentality to the game, which a lot of our guys already have. But to have him is truly tremendous. He’s a guy that’s been one of the best football players in the National Football League for the past several years.”
The duo of Harvin and Wilson can make a lethal combination in 2013.
Michael Bennett, defensive end
Bennett began his career with the Seahawks in 2009 when the team signed him as an undrafted free agent. He is now back on the Seattle roster after spending the past two seasons with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He led the defensive line in snaps last season and was a top-10 run stopper and pass rusher. He earned 9 sacks, 14 hits, and 48 hurries on 600 pass rush snaps. There are concerns about his shoulder, but with the elite Seahawks defense surrounding him, Bennett has a strong chance to breakout this season and earn his first 10+ sack season.
The 12th Man, Seahawks fans
Obviously not a player, but the 12th Man is expected to have a breakout season again this year. The Seahawks are known for having one of the loudest fan bases in the NFL, earning them an unprecedented home field advantage. This season, the 12th Man is taking it up a notch as they are attempting to break the Guinness Book of World Records for loudest stadium in the world in the home opener versus their rival, the San Francisco 49ers. The official record for “loudest crowd roar at a sports stadium” is currently held by Ali Sami Yen Sport Complex Turk Telekom Arena notching 131.76 decibels. The Seahawks 12th Man has been recorded at 112 decibels. If they can break this record, the 12th Man will garner even more fear and intimidation at home games.
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