In the 2012-2013 season, the Seattle Seahawks finished with an 11-5 record and beat the Washington Redskins in the Wild Card game before narrowly losing to the Atlanta Falcons. The Seahawks had their first winning season in five years and picked up plenty of new fans in the process. So much, in fact, that there's hardly any room left in the bandwagon; Football fans favor the Seahawks to win the Super Bowl, according to the "Predict the Season" game on NFL.com.
The Seahawks aren't just the latest NFL trend. Unlike most other teams that are expected to compete for the Super Bowl next year, the Seahawks will only continue to get better. Within five years, superstars like Peyton Manning, Tom Brady, and Drew Brees will either be happily retired or nonfactors on the field. Their perennially elite teams won't fare well without them.
The Seahawks' roster is loaded with young talent. In fact, Seattle is the youngest team in the NFL. The average player on Seattle's star-studded roster is 26 years old. Atlanta is the NFL's oldest, with an average age of 29. Most importantly, the Seahawks' core players, guys like Russell Wilson, Richard Sherman, Russell Okung, Percy Harvin, Earl Thomas, and Marshawn Lynch, are all young and are expected to improve.
The Seahawks will have to match their future success on the field with more responsibility. The team is leading the league in PED suspensions, and many are questioning Coach Pete Carroll's ability to keep his team under control. However, the PED usage points to more than just the youth and immaturity on the roster, but also to the drive and will to win that is present on the Seahawk's roster. Although PED usage is inexcusable, it is less despicable than the scores of violent crime and other felonies that are seen in the NFL today.
Greatness is just around the corner for these Seahawks, and the players seem ready to embrace it. Led by All-Pro Stanford Graduate Richard Sherman and the ever poised Russell Wilson, the Seahawks are not to be overlooked. They may, in fact, be the next franchise to dominant the NFL, similar to how teams like the New England Patriots and Baltimore Ravens have done for the past decade and a half.