NFC West: Corey Simon

2014 Predictions: Seattle Seahawks

September, 2, 2014
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ESPN.com Seattle Seahawks reporter Terry Blount makes his game-by-game picks for the 2014 season.

Week 1: Green Bay Packers

All the pregame hype will center around the so-called Inaccurate Reception, the controversial Hail Mary catch by Golden Tate two years ago that won the game over the Packers at Seattle on a Monday night. Tate has moved on to Detroit, but the Seahawks now have too many weapons for the Packers to stop, no Hail Mary required. Prediction: Win


Week 2: at San Diego Chargers

The Chargers better hope they play a lot better than they did in the preseason game at Seattle, a 41-14 victory for the Seahawks on Aug. 15. San Diego will play better, but not good enough to beat a much better team. Prediction: Win


Week 3: Denver Broncos

The Broncos and their fans got a tiny bit of meaningless Super Bowl revenge in the preseason opener with a 21-16 victory over the Seahawks in Denver. Enjoy it while it lasts, boys. Repeating that outcome in Seattle is not an option. Prediction: Win


Week 5: at Washington Redskins

Traveling coast to coast to play on the road for a Monday night game is a tough task against any NFL opponent, and even tougher against quarterback Robert Griffin III. But the Seahawks catch a break in this one by coming off a bye week with plenty of time to prepare and be fresh for the journey. Prediction: Win


Week 6: Dallas Cowboys

Cowboys owner Jerry Jones gave Seattle a little bulletin-board material last month when he said the Seahawks were to blame for the increase in penalty flags during the preseason. There won't be near enough flags against Seattle for the Cowboys to win this one. Prediction: Win


Week 7: at St. Louis Rams

Any division game in the NFC West is a rugged battle. The Rams have a defensive line that gave the Seahawks problems a year ago. But they aren't strong enough overall to beat Seattle, even at home in their out-of-date dome. Prediction: Win


Week 8: at Carolina Panthers

The Seahawks were fortunate to win the season opener at Charlotte a year ago. That Panthers team was better than this one, but back-to-back road games against very physical defensive teams will end the Seattle winning streak. Prediction: Loss


Week 9: Oakland Raiders

Coming off their first loss of the season and returning home against an outmanned opponent, is there any doubt? Prediction: Win


Week 10: New York Giants

The Seahawks easily defeated the Giants 23-0 last year in New Jersey, a dress rehearsal for their Super Bowl victory at the same location -- MetLife Stadium. The Seahawks won't need a rehearsal to roll past the Giants in this one. Prediction: Win


Week 11: at Kansas City Chiefs

This likely will be a low-scoring game between two strong defensive teams. Odds are against any team that has to try to win by matching its defense against the Seahawks' D. Prediction: Win


Week 12: Arizona Cardinals

The last time the Cardinals played at CenturyLink Field was last December when they handed the Seahawks a 17-10 loss. That won't happen again unless the Seahawks get caught looking ahead to the 49ers game. The Seahawks don't look ahead. Prediction: Win


Week 13: at San Francisco 49ers

It's a Thanksgiving night, national TV game in the 49ers' shiny new stadium against the hated Seahawks. If San Francisco can't win this one, its time as a championship contender is over. Prediction: Loss


Week 14: at Philadelphia Eagles

This is the toughest part of the season for the Seahawks with back-to-back road games against likely playoff contenders. But the 10 days between games will help and be enough of a cushion to keep Seattle from losing two in a row. Prediction: Win


Week 15: San Francisco 49ers

This is a game that could decide which team wins the NFC West. No way the Seahawks lose to the 49ers twice in three weeks, especially not in front of a rabid full house of 12s. Prediction: Win


Week 16: at Arizona Cardinals

The Cardinals probably will be fighting for a playoff spot, and the Seahawks already will be in at 12-2. That difference will be just enough for Arizona to win at home in the same stadium where the Seahawks will win the Super Bowl a few weeks later. Prediction: Loss


Week 17: St. Louis Rams

For the second consecutive year, the Rams close the regular season in Seattle. And for the second consecutive year, the Seahawks will beat them without much trouble. Prediction: Win


Predicted Record: 13-3

Posted by ESPN.com's Mike Sando

The Rams could stand to strengthen the middle of their defense. Adding free-agent safety James Butler was a start, but the team could use reinforcements in its front seven.

Veteran defensive tackle La'Roi Glover gutted out one final season in 2008 despite an injured knee and the team's dim prospects overall. The Rams need to get younger and stouter at the position, starting with this draft. The team has drafted three defensive tackles in the first three rounds since 2001 -- Claude Wroten, Jimmy Kennedy and Damione Lewis -- but none met expectations in St. Louis.

First-year general manager Billy Devaney, new to the Rams in 2008, can't do much worse. His teams generally have not drafted defensive tackles early. The chart shows every defensive tackle Devaney's teams have selected since he broke into scouting with the Chargers in 1990.

Draft Rd. Pick Devaney's Team Defensive Tackle
College Conference
1991
2 36 Chargers
George Thornton
Alabama
SEC
2003
2 57 49ers Anthony Adams
Penn St.
Big Ten
1995
3 93 Chargers Don Sasa
Wash. St.
Pac-10
2000 4 113
Chargers Leonardo Carson
Auburn
SEC
1999
5 139 Chargers Adrian Dingle
Clemson ACC
1992 6 147
Chargers
Reggie White
N.C. A&T
MEAC (I-AA)
1996 5 155
Chargers
Junior Soli
Arkansas
SEC
2002
5 172 49ers Josh Shaw Michigan St.
Big Ten
2007
6 185 Falcons Trey Lewis
Washburn
Mid-American (II)
1992
10 258 Chargers
Arthur Paul
Arizona St.
Pac-10

Expect first-year Rams head coach Steve Spagnuolo to influence the Rams' thinking on defensive tackles. Spagnuolo was with the Eagles when Philadelphia used three first-round choices on the position between 2000 and 2006: Corey Simon (2000), Mike Patterson (2005) and Brodrick Bunkley (2006). Spagnuolo was with the Giants in 2007 when they drafted defensive tackle Jay Alford from Penn State in the third round.

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