The road to Super Bowl 50 begins this weekend and it may seem like there is no clear-cut favorite to win it all. The quarterback for the Broncos finally returned, Cam Newton and the Panthers have played on another level for most of the season and the Kansas City Chiefs are winners of 10 straight games. However, there is no hotter team in the NFL right now than the Seattle Seahawks.
Getting to the Super Bowl is certainly not unfamiliar territory for the Seahawks and if it wasn’t for a questionable goal line call, they may be back to back defending champs. Three road games stand in the way for the Seahawks with the first stop in Minnesota. One month ago, the Vikings suffered a brutal loss at home to the Seahawks 38 – 7 and nothing much has changed since then. The Seattle defense has been stifling averaging just 11 points per game over the course of the last five weeks.
Also continuing to WOW fans for the fourth consecutive year is Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson. Wilson just became the first quarterback in NFL history to throw for at least 4,000 yards, run for 500 yards, and toss over 30 touchdowns passes. Wilson actually threw 25 of his 36 touchdown passes in the last eight games and finished 2015 with his best QBR of his young career at 74.9. Let’s not forget, Wilson did this without his new luxury toy, Jimmy Graham. Russell may not keep up his recent hot streak but he will get some extra help in the backfield for the postseason.
That’s right, Beastmode is back! Head coach Pete Carroll confirmed earlier in the week that Marshawn Lynch is back and is expected to play this weekend. Lynch, sidelined since week 11, is now in the latter stages of his recovery from sports hernia surgery. After receiving just 111 carries to start the season, Lynch should be fresh for the playoffs and ready to break off more Beastmode runs. Get your skittles ready.
While some teams are suffering from injuries (Panthers & Patriots), the Seahawks are getting healthy. While other contenders may have hit a wall (Cardinals & Packers), things are just starting to heat up for Seattle. Playing their best ball all season, the Seahawks are now three road games away from their third consecutive Super Bowl.