The Sports Illustrated NFL preview issue hits the newsstands this week, and the Seahawks are predicted to go 8-8 and finish second in the NFC West behind the San Francisco 49ers (also 8-8).
SI has the two-time defending division champion Arizona Cardinals in third at 7-9 and the St. Louis Rams last, again, at 3-13.
Here’s what SI NFL writer Jim Trotter had to say in analyzing the Seahawks’ first season under coach Pete Carroll: “Pete Carroll gets a break in his first season. The Seahawks face only three teams that made the ’09 playoffs, and their interconference division is the AFC West, meaning less cross-country travel than usual – only three of their games are scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Pacific time. Carroll will know early where his club stands in the NFC West, as he’ll see all three divisional opponents in the first six games.”