Now that the 2021 NFL Draft has concluded and team schedules have been released for the 2021 NFL season, it’s time to take a look at what the Seattle Seahawks have on tap this year.
I’m expecting a strong season from Seattle this year, especially after a disappointing playoff loss to the Rams in the 2020 Wild Card Round. This is my second time writing a season prediction for the Hawks. Last season I had the Hawks finishing the season 11-5, but they exceeded my expectations and finished 12-4 as NFC West Champions. Of the 16 picks I made last season, 11 were correct.
Here are my picks for the 2021 season for the Seattle Seahawks:
Week 1 – Seahawks at Indianapolis Colts (09/12, 10:00 am PDT)
- Kicking off the 2021 NFL season, the Seahawks travel to Indianapolis to take on Carson Wentz and the Colts. The Colts have seen many changes this offseason, starting in March when they traded two draft picks to the Philadelphia Eagles in exchange for quarterback Carson Wentz. Wentz will be taking over at quarterback for future Hall of Famer Phillip Rivers, who retired after 17 years in the league. The Colts made it to the Wild Card game last season before losing 27-24 to the Buffalo Bills, so they’re looking for redemption coming into this season. They have also seen promising play so far from former Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor, who is entering his second season in the NFL. On top of this, the Colts were able to re-sign wide receiver T.Y. Hilton, securing a solid weapon for Wentz. The Colts look great on paper, but I think it will take some time for the team to click and return to playoff form. With that being said, the Seahawks pull away with a 31-21 win and start the season 1-0.
Week 2 – Seahawks vs. Tennessee Titans (09/19, 1:25 pm PDT)
- In their first home game of the season, the Seahawks take on the Tennessee Titans in Week 2. This game will mark the first time that fans have been allowed to attend games at Lumen Field since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, so expect the 12s to be a massive factor in this one. Last year, the Titans were also a playoff team, beating the Patriots in the Wild Card Round and then the Ravens in the Divisional Round before losing to the Chiefs in the AFC Championship. They didn’t lose much this offseason, and they added some studs in the draft, like CB Caleb Farley and OT Dillon Radunz, further helping the team on both sides of the ball. I’m expecting this to be a high-scoring game based on the aggressive coaching styles between both Pete Carroll and Mike Vrabel, but I think the Seahawks pull this one off late thanks to some late-game heroics from Russell Wilson. The Seahawks win their first home game of the season 31-28, moving to 2-0 on the season.
Week 3 – Seahawks at Minnesota Vikings (09/26, 1:25 pm PDT)
- The Seahawks are back on the road for Week 3 as they travel to Minnesota to take on the Vikings. When these two teams faced off last season in Week 5, it came down to basically the final play with 15 seconds left when Russell Wilson hit DK Metcalf on a crossing route to secure the win. Hopefully, this season’s matchup is not as much of a nail-biter, but if you’re a Seahawks fan, you know anything is possible. I see the Seahawks winning this one 24-10, improving their record to 3-0 heading into a Week 4 rivalry matchup against the San Francisco 49ers.
Week 4 – Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers (10/03, 1:05 pm PDT)
- The Seahawks wrap up a two-game road trip in Week 4 when they travel to Santa Clara to face off against an NFC West rival in the San Francisco 49ers. The Niners just added North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance with the third-overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, who they hope will become their franchise quarterback moving forward. Lance will need time to develop in the league before he is truly a threat, so I don’t think the Seahawks’ defense will have much trouble in this game. With that being said, Seattle tends to have trouble against the 49ers, especially on the road, but I think they get this one done, winning 24-17 to improve to 4-0 on the season.
Week 5 – Seahawks vs. Los Angeles Rams (TNF 10/07, 5:20 pm PDT)
- At 4-0, the Seahawks return to Lumen Field to take on the new-look Los Angeles Rams on Thursday Night Football in their first prime time game of the 2021 season. The Rams acquired long-time Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford this offseason after sending two first-round picks, a third-round pick, and quarterback Jared Goff to Detroit. The last time the Seahawks played the Rams was in the NFC Wild Card Round last season, where the Rams won 30-20 despite Jared Goff playing through a broken thumb. By adding Stafford, who I believe is one of the best quarterbacks in the league, the Rams elevate their offense even more. The Seahawks have also consistently struggled to contain Rams DT Aaron Donald and keep him away from Russell Wilson, further adding to my doubts about this game. I think the Rams pull this one off 28-24, handing Seattle their first loss of the season and putting them at 4-1 on the year.
Week 6 – Seahawks at Pittsburgh Steelers (SNF 10/17, 5:20 pm PDT)
- The Seahawks travel to the East Coast to take on the Pittsburgh Steelers for Sunday Night Football in Week 6. The Steelers and Seahawks have only played each other three times over the last decade, but in their last matchup in 2019 in Pittsburgh, the Seahawks came out on top 28-26. In terms of scoring, I’m expecting this game to be similar to their last matchup in 2019. Ben Roethlisberger still has some star-power left, but I think the Steelers are going to depend largely on the run in this game, especially after using their first-round pick on former Alabama running back Najee Harris. On the contrary, the Seahawks will find success through the air by way of DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. This game will come down to some of the final plays, but the Seahawks end up on top 27-24, improving their record to 5-1 heading into Week 7.
Week 7 – Seahawks vs. New Orleans Saints (MNF 10/25, 5:15 pm PDT)
- In their third prime time game in three weeks, the Seahawks take on the New Orleans Saints at home for Monday Night Football. The Saints are now without Drew Brees, who retired following the 2020 season. There is plenty of discussion regarding who will be the starting quarterback for the Saints this season, whether that be Taysom Hill or Jameis Winston, but I still expect the Saints to be a great team. I personally think that Jameis should get the job, but the Saints have previously given the role to Hill when Brees was injured last season. I also think the Seahawks will struggle to contain Alvin Kamara, which would be detrimental to Seattle’s chances of winning this game. If Seattle’s defense is able to limit Kamara’s role in this game, I don’t think Seattle will have an issue leaving Week 7 with a win. With that, I also don’t see the Seahawks losing a Monday Night Football game at home with the help of the 12s. Seattle wins this one 34-24 and improves to 6-1 heading into Week 8.
Week 8 – Seahawks vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (10/31, 1:05 pm PDT)
- The Jacksonville Jaguars have had one of the more action-packed off-seasons in the league starting with the addition of former Ohio State head coach Urban Meyer. Since then, there has been plenty of discussion on social media about the Jacksonville Jaguars being the discount Seahawks after they signed both Carlos Hyde and Shaquill Griffin this offseason. On top of those additions, the Jaguars also selected former Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence with the first-overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. They then selected his former teammate in Clemson running back Travis Etienne later in the first round. This team has a lot of potential, but it will take time for that talent to translate to wins in the NFL. The Seahawks win this one 38-14 and move into their bye week with a 7-1 record.
Week 9 – Bye Week
Week 10 – Seahawks at Green Bay Packers (11/14, 1:25 pm PST)
- Following their bye week, the Seahawks travel to Green Bay to take on the Packers in what will be their most challenging game of the season thus far. Being that this game is in mid-November in Wisconsin, it’s a given that it’ll be freezing, something that the Packers are much more accustomed to. There’s plenty of drama surrounding the availability of Aaron Rodgers heading into next season for the Packers, but assuming that he remains their starter, I see the Packers pulling this one off behind a massive game on the ground from Davante Adams. The Seahawks and Packers tend to play some pretty entertaining games against one another, but I think the Packers come out on top this time. With the loss, the Seahawks move to 7-2 on the season.
Week 11 – Seahawks vs. Arizona Cardinals (11/21, 1:25 pm PST)
- Returning home after a loss to the Packers, the Seahawks take on the Cardinals in an exciting NFC West matchup. This will be their first time meeting the Cardinals this coming season. Last season when the two teams faced off, the Cardinals beat the Seahawks in overtime in Glendale during Week 7, but then the Seahawks won their second meeting of the season at home in Week 11. If you watched the Week 7 game against the Cardinals last season, you know that the Seahawks completely blew the game and had many opportunities to win. With that being said, the Cardinals have gotten stronger this offseason with the addition of running back James Conner, as well as Tulsa linebacker Zaven Collins in the first round of the draft and Purdue wide receiver Rondale Moore in the second round. To make things worse, the Cardinals also signed every Seahawks fan’s favorite player, cornerback Malcolm Butler, to a one-year deal. This is going to be a tough game for both teams, and the Hawks will most likely be coming off a loss to the Packers. I think the Cardinals come into Seattle and assert their NFC West dominance early on in the season, defeating the Seahawks 28-24. With the loss, the Seahawks move to 7-3 on the season.
Week 12 – Seahawks at Washington Football Team (MNF 11/29, 5:15 pm PST)
- After two consecutive losses, the Seahawks are looking to bounce back on the road against the Washington Football Team. I think this game is going to be a lot closer than most people expect, especially because the Washington Football Team is looking to avenge last season’s loss, and there’s no better stage to do so than on Monday Night Football. The WFT also has one of the best defenses heading into the 2021 season. Chase Young developed into one of the NFL’s best pass rushers last season. Alongside Jonathan Allen and Montez Sweat, that front could be a nightmare for the Seahawks’ offensive line. Last season we all saw what happens when Russell Wilson is pressured quickly after the snap, and if this game looks anything like that, I don’t see things going well for Seattle. With that being said, I don’t see the Seahawks dropping three games in a row, so I think the Seahawks win this one 35-31 and improve to 8-3 heading to a Week 13 matchup at home against the 49ers.
Week 13 – Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers (12/05, 5:20 pm PST)
- In their second matchup of the season, this time at home in Seattle, the 49ers will be looking to avenge their loss to the Seahawks in Week 4. Any Seahawks fan knows that a late-season night game in Seattle against the 49ers is bound to be a thriller, and I expect nothing less out of this game. I am assuming Trey Lance will be the sure starter for the Niners, and he will have multiple starts under his belt by this point in the season. The Seahawks swept the Niners last season, and I expect them to do the same this season. I do not see a team led by a rookie quarterback coming into their rival’s stadium for a night game and winning, especially based on the 12s being a factor for this one. Seattle pulls this one off 38-28, advancing to 9-3 with five regular-season games remaining.
Week 14 – Seahawks at Houston Texans (12/12, 10:00 am PST)
- There’s not much else to say besides the Texans are a mess. I’ve already seen plenty of 2022 NFL Draft projections with the Texans having the first-overall pick after finishing the 2021 season with either a 2-15 or 3-14 record. I expect this game to look something like Seattle’s game against the Jets last season where they won 40-3. Seattle wins this one 42-10 in their largest margin of victory of the season, marching into Los Angeles for a Week 15 matchup against the Rams with a 10-3 record.
Week 15 – Seahawks at Los Angeles Rams (12/19, 1:25 pm PST)
- The Seahawks come into their second matchup of the season against the Rams looking for revenge. After a close loss to the Rams in Week 5 on Thursday Night Football, the Rams look for a season sweep of the Seahawks. I hate to say it, but I think the Rams are going to end up pulling off the season sweep. Like the Week 5 matchup, I see this one being close, but I think the Rams come out on top 27-20. The Rams consistently play the Seahawks tough, and the Rams defense is constantly an issue for Russell Wilson. With the loss, Seattle heads back home with a 10-4 record.
Week 16 – Seahawks vs. Chicago Bears (12/26, 1:05 pm PST)
- The Bears had a great draft this year. They hopefully solved years of quarterback issues by selecting former Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields with the 11th pick in the 2021 Draft. They also added one of the top offensive tackles in the draft when they selected Teven Jenkins from Oklahoma State. Justin Fields should be the team’s starter by this point, so I’m expecting a fun battle between Wilson and Fields. If this game is a shootout, which it has plenty of potential to be, Wilson comes out on top any day of the week. It will be closer than people think, but Seattle wins this one 42-31 and improves to 11-4 with two games remaining.
Week 17 – Seahawks vs. Detroit Lions (1/02, 1:25 pm PST)
- At this point of the season, the Lions will be out of contention and the Seahawks will have their eyes on the playoffs. Even with being out of contention, the Lions would love to come into Seattle and play spoiler in the late season. I don’t see it happening, but crazier things have definitely happened to the Seahawks late in the season. I could see this game getting close late in the fourth quarter, but Seattle ends up victorious in their last home game of the season by a score of 28-21. With the win, the Seahawks finish the year with a 7-1 record at home and a 12-4 record heading into their final game of the season on the road against the Cardinals.
Week 18 – Seahawks at Arizona Cardinals (1/09, 1:25 pm PST)
- I’m scared thinking about the possibility of this game deciding the winner of the NFC West. To make things worse, State Farm Stadium is literal hell for the Seahawks. As I mentioned earlier, the last time the Seahawks played in Glendale, they lost in overtime after watching a late-game lead disappear in a matter of minutes. I think that as a team, Seattle consistently improves throughout the season. They’ll be a better team than they were when they played the Cardinals in Week 11, and they’re going to secure their second straight NFC West crown after a hard-fought 24-18 win. As NFC West Champions, the Seahawks finish the season with a 13-4 record.