12.03.2013

Are The Seattle Seahawks The Super Bowl Favorite?

Fresh off their 34-7 thrashing of the New Orleans Saints (9-3), it is safe to say that the Seattle Seahawks are for real.

The Seahawks defense gave Drew Brees fits all night as the All-Pro quarterback finished the night with only 147 yards and one touchdown on 23-of-38 passing. Trailing most of the game, the Saints didn't have much opportunity to get things going on the ground either as they rushed for only 44 yards on 17 attempts. The Saints have one of the top offenses in the league and it is rare to see them so ineffective. The Seattle defense is that good.

The Seattle offense was equally effective as quarterback Russell Wilson moved the ball at will against a top five Saints defense. Wilson finished with 310 yards and three touchdowns on 22-of-30 passing. He also rushed for 47 yards on eight carries. Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch was held in check with 45 yards on 16 carries, but the Seahawks offense still rolled. If Lynch gets going along with the efficient passing attack, the Seattle offense is one of the best in the league.

As Seattle sits with an 11-1 record, it is almost certain they will lock up home field advantage in the playoffs. As the Saints saw Monday night, Seattle is not a place opposing teams want to go and play. The Seahawks are basically unstoppable at home as Wilson has yet to lose a game on his home turf. This clearly makes the Seahawks the favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl.

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