Five reasons the Seahawks are going to win the 2021 Super Bowl


Sean Bessette, Columnist

Since winning the 2013 Super Bowl and nearly winning the 2014 Super Bowl, the Seahawks have been a consistent playoff threat but not a Super Bowl contender. Here are five reasons why 2020 is different and the Seahawks will win the 2021 Super Bowl.

Russell Wilson is playing at an unbelievable level (having an MVP caliber season so far)

To say that Russell Wilson is playing spectacularly would be an understatement. Through week three, Wilson has completed 79 of 103 attempts for 925 yards. His completion percentage of 76.7% is the best among quarterbacks who have thrown for more than 800 yards. Wilson’s passer rating of 139.0 after week three leads the league. 

Furthermore, he set a new record for passing touchdowns through week three. Wilson’s 14 passing touchdowns broke Patrick Mahomes’ 2018 record of 13 passing touchdowns. It should be stated that Mahomes won the 2018 league MVP award. Hopefully, history will repeat itself for Wilson.

The offensive philosophy has been completely overhauled

The Seahawks of previous years heavily leaned on the run game. In 2020, the Seahawks are one of the pass-happiest teams in the league. Why the sudden change? It’s hard to say. It might be because the coaching staff has realized that the best way to win is by letting Russell Wilson throw. 

After week three, the Seahawks are passing on first and second down over 60% of the time. Last year, it was well under 50%. The renewed offensive philosophy follows the hashtag #LetRussCook that started on Twitter. The #LetRussCook campaign promotes Russell Wilson throwing the ball more often. The hashtag has gained so much popularity that it even got national spotlight on Sunday NFL Countdown in week three. 

The 2020 pass-happy Seahawks are fulfilling the wishes of the #LetRussCook crowd. Super Bowl champions of previous years, such as the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this year, were one of the pass-happiest teams. It only makes sense for the Seahawks to replicate that style with one of the best quarterbacks in the game.

Jamal Adams makes the defense much more intimidating

When the Seahawks traded two first round picks and Bradley McDougald to the New York Jets for Jamal Adams on July 25, they acquired a perennial All-Pro talent. 

Adams is one of the best safeties in the league. The amount of talent he brings to the Seahawks defense is revolutionary. He can line up at almost every position on the defense and makes everyone around him better. As a safety, he is probably the Seahawks’ best pass rusher. His designed blitzes are mesmerizing. 

Adams’ presence was felt immediately when the Seahawks first took the field in Atlanta. He recorded 12 tackles and a sack in his first outing as a Seahawk. The energy he plays with is contagious. The leadership he shows is underrated. Adams has all the qualities of a super special player and the Seahawks are lucky to have him.

The receiving corps is very strong

Tyler Lockett is one of the most dynamic players in the league with the ball in his hands. His chemistry with Wilson is exceptional. D.K. Metcalf had a phenomenal rookie season as he exceeded all expectations. He set a new record for most receiving yards in a playoff game as a rookie with 160 yards. 

The second half of the 2019 season showed flashes of Metcalf eventually becoming an elite receiver. The beginning of his 2020 campaign has been nothing shy of excellent through week three. He is on pace for 64 receptions, 1,584 yards and 16 touchdowns. Those are All-Pro numbers. 

David Moore is playing well. Once Phillip Dorsett gets healthy, he should be a reliable third option at wide receiver. Josh Gordon is also a Seahawk but he is awaiting reinstatement from the commissioner’s exempt list. That is just the wide receivers. 

That tight end room is very strong as well. Greg Olsen, Will Dissly, Luke Willson and Jacob Hollister are all solid players that Wilson can rely on.

The offensive line looks good enough

The Seahawks have a history of having subpar offensive lines. It has been a common theme over the past decade. The front office brought in a lot of guys over the offseason to create competition on the O-line and it seems to be working so far. 

Although Duane Brown is showing his age, the quality he possesses can still be seen. Mike Iupati has played very well to start the season. Ethan Pocic is having a strong start at center. Third-round pick Damien Lewis was showing a lot of upside before picking up a little injury versus the Cowboys. Brandon Shell, who the Seahawks picked up from the New York Jets in free agency, has played well too.