Good afternoon, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Friday, Jan. 29 - about your Seattle Seahawks:
Seahawks Among NFL Teams With Biggest Super Bowl Windows
In looking ahead to next weekend's Super Bowl 50 matchup between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos, Gil Brandt at NFL.com started to reflect on which clubs around the League are best set up to compete for a title for the longest time frame from 2016 on.
Brandt settled on six teams with the biggest Super Bowl windows moving forward, and while the Panthers come in at No. 1 on his list, the Seahawks earned a mention at No. 2, appearing in front of the Pittsburgh Steelers (No. 3), Cincinnati Bengals (No. 4), Minnesota Vikings (No. 5), and New England Patriots (No. 6).
Here's why Brandt feels good about the Seahawks' future Super Bowl hopes:
The Seahawks have certain core elements in place that all but guarantee a certain baseline level of success. They're anchored by two things: their defense and quarterback Russell Wilson. Led by stalwarts like Bobby Wagner, Michael Bennett, Kam Chancellor, Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas, Seattle's defense finished 2015 ranked second overall and first in scoring. Wilson, who's made the Pro Bowl in three of his four NFL seasons and finished with the league's best passer rating (110.1), is Seattle's offensive engine. He played out of his mind in the second half of the season (25 TD passes against two picks, a passer rating of 124.3, 5.6 yards per rush and a 6-2 record) to help the Seahawks secure a playoff berth after a 4-4 start. Undrafted rookie Thomas Rawls emerged as a serious rushing threat, putting up four triple-digit rushing games, including a 209-yard effort against the 49ers in Week 11; he should be a fine replacement for Marshawn Lynch, whenever the veteran's time in Seattle comes to a close.
Seattle's offensive line was something of a weak spot, made more so by the trade of center Max Unger to New Orleans as part of the deal to acquire tight end Jimmy Graham, who didn't contribute much before being felled by a torn patellar tendon in late November. But position coach Tom Cable is one of the best in the league, and the unit improved in the second half, especially once Patrick Lewis was starting at center. This roster is good enough that the Seahawks can withstand flaws like the O-line or missteps like the trade for Graham last year or receiver Percy Harvin in 2013. The organization has a solid plan in place.
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from Seahawks wideout Tyler Lockett, who explains why you should be following his takeover of the 'Seahawks' Snapchat account. If you're reading this article on a mobile device, click here to add the 'Seahawks' right now.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle highlights the friendly trash talk on display in Hawaii between the Seahawks of Team Rice - Tyler Lockett and Bobby Wagner - and the Seahawks of Team Irvin - Michael Bennett, Richard Sherman, and Russell Wilson. Boyle also chats with Lockett about his "amazing" Pro Bowl experience.
Also at the Pro Bowl, defensive end Michael Bennett did his best on-field imitation of quarterback Russell Wilson.
Sea Gal Hope, the Seahawks' Pro Bowl cheerleader, shares an update on her first look at Honolulu's Aloha Stadium in her latest diary entry.
The 2016 Senior Bowl takes places this Saturday in Mobile, Ala., an annual college all-star game that has featured plenty of Seahawks talent through the years.
Seahawks defensive tackle Jesse Williams, who was diagnosed with cancer last May, tweeted yesterday that he has been given the "all clear" to return to football.
Stephen Cohen at SeattlePI.com reviews the state of the Seahawks defense heading into 2016.
Rob Rang at CBSSports.com shares who stood out and who didn't during this past week's Senior Bowl workouts.
And John Clayton at ESPN.com ranks all of the Super Bowls from Nos. 1-49.
For Throwback Thursday, take a look back at some of the best photos from 2015 of our Pro Bowl cheerleader, Sea Gal Hope.