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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 But they aren't strong enough overall to beat Seattle, even at home in their out-of-date dome.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
The speedy receiver suffered an injury in Week 1 that year. He caught only 12 passes all season.
Ginn will start opposite Michael Crabtree in the 49ers' exhibition opener against Minnesota on Friday night. He has, by all accounts, enjoyed a strong camp. But with six receiving touchdowns in five NFL seasons, it's tough to project a significant role for him. He has three starts over the past two seasons, all in 2011.
Matt Maiocco of CSNBayArea.com passes along Jim Harbaugh's thoughts on Ginn: "Ted's had a great camp -- really pleased with Ted. He's catching the ball, he's blocking, he's playing all the positions -- the X, the Z, the slot. He's doing it all. He's running good, getting in and out of his cuts."
Also from Maiocco: a look at the fastest 49ers.
Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee says Cory Nelms, Demarcus Dobbs and other players appeal to the 49ers for their versatility.
Mike Rosenberg of the San Jose Mercury News provides details on a settlement over $30 million in disputed stadium financing money. Rosenberg: "The agreement lets the Santa Clara Unified School District balance its budget -- avoiding teacher layoffs -- by taking in more than $7 million over the next three years from the pot of property tax money previously earmarked for the stadium. ... The 49ers, meanwhile, will get whatever redevelopment property tax money is left over, meaning it will take about a half-decade to get the $30 million it was promised, instead of only a few years like it had planned. City of Santa Clara voters had originally approved a $40 million down payment on the stadium in 2010, and $10 million was paid before the funding spat began."
Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle sees a new attitude from linebacker Ahmad Brooks.
Darren Urban of azcardinals.com explains the unlikely connection between Cardinals running back Ryan Williams and Chiefs general manager Scott Pioli. Football isn't the only link. Williams' father, serving a life sentence in prison, serves as another.
Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic looks at concerns for the Cardinals coming out of their first exhibition game of the season. Defensive coordinator Ray Horton: "Here's what the biggest concern was for me. With what I call our starters, our first and second groups, that's where the most of errors were. Were they too hyped up? Well, I hope not, they were veterans playing in a preseason game."
Also from Somers: a chat transcript in which he says Adam Snyder didn't play so poorly against the Saints.
More from Somers: five things to watch in the Cardinals' second exhibition game, this one against Kansas City.
Clare Farnsworth of seahawks.com focuses on the team's depth after Seattle practiced without three starters Thursday.
Also from Farnsworth: a look at Matt Hasselbeck's return to Seattle as the Titans' quarterback. Farnsworth: "The Titans' front office includes senior executive vice president Mike Reinfeldt, general manager Ruston Webster, VP of player personnel Lake Dawson and scout Tim Ruskell. And Jerry Gray is the defensive coordinator. All were with the Seahawks before joining the Titans. Then there’s Jake Locker, the former University of Washington QB who is from Ferndale." Noted: Ruskell to the Titans? Guess I missed that one while on vacation in July. Gray's departure from Seattle to Tennessee was a bit unusual. He left the Seahawks to take a job at the University of Texas, only to accept the Titans' offer a month later. Gray replaced Chuck Cecil, now with St. Louis.
Tim Ryan of Sirius NFL Radio says via 710ESPN Seattle that Earl Thomas spends more time as a "box" safety than people might realize. Ryan: "The dynamic ability of Earl Thomas, who everyone thinks is a free safety on the back end; he's in the box shooting his gun more than Kam Chancellor is."
Bill Swartz of 710ESPN Seattle saw good things from Terrell Owens at Seahawks camp.
Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch sizes up the Rams' receivers. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer downplays the importance of a No. 1 wideout. Schottenheimer: "I've been other places where you have a so-called No. 1 receiver and it's easy to double that guy. We're looking for a bunch of weapons. They're hard to find. We put 'em in different spots all over the field. That way, we can take advantage of matchups." Noted: Not buying this one. Having a dominant receiver could only help the Rams or any team, all else being equal. Attracting double coverage would leave fewer defenders to cover the remaining receivers.
Nick Wagoner of stlouisrams.com offers post-practice notes, including one about Barry Richardson continuing to work ahead of Jason Smith at right tackle.