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Which Seahawks Team Will Show?

The Seattle Seahawks have been one of the most interesting teams to watch in fantasy football for so far this season. From their replacement-referee-tainted victory of the Green Bay Packers to their stunning upset of the New England Patriots, the Seahawks have been one of the league’s great, unsolved mysteries. Is this a playoff team, or some elaborately disguised poseurs?

They have possibly the most unheralded rookie quarterback in the league right now, in Russell Wilson, who obviously isn’t drawing the hype of an Andrew Luck or Robert Griffin III in fantasy football, but he’s also not even drawing the hype of some of the second tier rookies like Miami’s Ryan Tannehill or Cleveland’s Brandon Weeden, the answer as to why can likely be found behind Wilson in the backfield.

No other rookie quarterback has a running back like Marshawn Lynch, who is currently the league’s second leading rusher and one of the best running backs in fantasy football for money as the Seahawks head to their bye week. Whereas, Tannehill (no clear number one running back) and Weeden (a fellow rookie in the backfield with him in Trent Richardson) have been sometimes asked to do more than expected because of circumstances, Seahawks’ head coach Pete Carroll has done a good job at making Wilson play the role of game manager, and has kept him from having to shoulder too many of the responsibilities in his first season on the job.

Believe it or not, Seattle is 6-4 and would be tied with the Minnesota Vikings (whom they just beat) for the final playoff spot in the NFC. With one of the league’s top rushing attacks, a defense that is much improved and a rookie quarterback who has avoided making catastrophic errors it’s not unlikely that they will be in the playoffs.

The important thing for the Seahawks to find a way to do is to somehow win some more games on the road. They are an extraordinary team at home, but on the road just seems to be a different story. At the same time, if they get in the playoffs and get a home game, they have proven in the past that they can literally beat any team in the NFL in Seattle. They are truly a different team when playing on their home field. They just need to find a way to win more games on the road to get in the playoffs.


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