Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Tuesday, Sept. 8 - about your Seattle Seahawks
2015 Season Preview
After the club fell just short of capturing its second consecutive Super Bowl title, the Seahawks sit atop ESPN.com's power rankings previewing the 2015 NFL season.
ESPN.com writers Mike Sando, Brady Henderson, and Sheil Kapadia have tag-teamed a 2015 season preview for Seattle, sharing reasons why the club will make the playoffs, why it might miss the postseason, what's changed for the team since a year ago, what the team is saying now, and predicting where the team will stand come next February.
Kapadia provides game-by-game picks and analysis for the regular season that have the Seahawks finishing 12-4, with the four losses coming in Week 2 on the road against the Green Bay Packers, in Week 8 on the road against the Dallas Cowboys, in Week 12 at home against the Pittsburgh Steelers, and in Week 14 on the road against the Baltimore Ravens.
Kapadia writes: With the AFC North and NFC North on the schedule this season, the Seattle Seahawks will do plenty of traveling, and they don't play at home until Week 3. In their quest to win the division for the fourth straight year, they'll have nine games against teams that made the playoffs last season and will face three quarterbacks (Aaron Rodgers, Ben Roethlisberger, Joe Flacco) who have Super Bowl rings.
Henderson thinks the Seahawks have what it takes to challenge for a third straight Super Bowl berth, answering the statement 'What the team will be saying in February' with: That it's followed a similar path back to its third straight Super Bowl. This season won't be easy for Seattle. Then again, it wasn't in 2013 or 2014, either. The Seahawks reached the Super Bowl in both seasons despite challenges that would have derailed lesser teams including injuries and suspensions, locker room turmoil, brutally tough stretches in their schedule and an offense that briefly lost its way. This Seattle team is every bit as talented as the two that preceded it, which is why, even with issues on the offensive line and in the secondary, there's no reason to believe that the Seahawks can't make it back to another Super Bowl.
Just A Kid From Orange
Seahawks All-Pro free safety Earl Thomas is featured in a new video for The Players' Tribune, with Thomas detailing his early life growing up as a band geek and football jock in Orange, Texas.
"When I'm back home in Orange, I have peace," Thomas says. "I feel free again, and I grow as a young man."
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from ESPN Sports Business reporter Darren Rovell, who shares a first look at a new Bose spot featuring Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle gets to know newly-signed running back Fred Jackson and relays information from head coach Pete Carroll that quarterback Russell Wilson, linebacker Bobby Wagner, and punter Jon Ryan have been named team captains for 2015.
I share three things we learned from coach Pete Carroll to open Week 1 of the regular season and catch up with safety Kelcie McCray, who the Seahawks acquired from the Kansas City Chiefs in a trade this past Saturday.
The Seahawks signed a pair of cornerbacks and a defensive end to fill out their 10-man practice squad yesterday.
Sheil Kapadia at ESPN.com says the Seahawks' defensive line depth shows in the team's cutdown to 53 players.
Bob Condotta at the Seattle Times talks with Kasen Williams on what this past weekend was like for the former Washington Huskies receiver. Williams was released on the team's cutdown from 75 to 53 players but signed to the practice squad on Sunday.
Jayson Jenks at the Seattle Times takes a detailed look at how quarterback Russell Wilson focused on improving his speed this past offseason.
And Ken Belson at the New York Times takes a close look at the culture Pete Carroll has created in Seattle.
It was Labor Day, but the Seahawks were at VMAC to begin the first regular season gameweek of the year against the St. Louis Rams.
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