Rocky paths for Seahawks, Bears?

May, 23, 2011
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ESPN's John Clayton joined me in offering thoughts on which 2010 playoff teams were likely to take the biggest fall this coming season.

Clayton took the Chicago Bears.

That left the Seattle Seahawks for me.

Without free agency, it's tough getting a feel for how teams will stack up, particularly with quarterback questions unresolved.

Even an improved Seattle team would have a hard time winning the NFC West and advancing to the divisional playoff round, as the 2010 team managed to do. I do not necessarily expect Seattle's record to fall off dramatically, but quite a few things would have to go right for the Seahawks to duplicate their 2010 standing.

The Seahawks and Bears were obvious choices for slippage among 2010 playoff teams, at least to this point. That is reflected in voting. Seattle was getting 38 percent of votes, followed by the Bears at 32 percent, in initial SportsNation polling.

Kansas City was third with 20 percent. The Chiefs went 4-0 against the NFC West last season and dominated in the process, but they'll be facing both Super Bowl teams, plus Indianapolis, New England and the New York Jets during the upcoming season.

The Chiefs could have a tough time getting back to the playoffs, particularly if San Diego comes closer to realizing its potential.

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