As we enter a new year for Seattle Sports, we offer six storylines to follow for their pro teams, including the Seahawks and even the Sonics.
There is a justified conclusion to make, that the last 10 years represent the most successful period in pro Seattle sports history. For a start, the Seahawks appeared in two Super Bowls, which included their first ever World Championship.
Meanwhile, the Sounders advanced to four MLS Cup finals and won a couple of of them, while the Storm took home two of the last three WNBA Finals titles. (If we want, you can even go back another year and add the Storm’s 2010 title.) In addition, there was the successful bid which resulted in the Kraken becoming the NHL’s newest franchise.
In many respects, this is a golden period for Seattle sports and long may it last. With this in mind, we offer a storyline to follow for each pro team in 2021, including one for a certain franchise which left the Pacific Northwest in 2008:
1) The Seahawks’ quest for a second Super Bowl
The path to winning a Super Bowl is a tough one, as the Seahawks are well aware. In this respect, they have had the benefit of homefield advantage for each of their three trips to the big game.
This is important to note, because in all likelihood the Seahawks will need to win at least one road game if they are to return to the Super Bowl this season. From a historical perspective, they have an all-time record of just 4-13 in road playoff games (not including Super Bowls, which are played on a neutral site).
If there is any solace though, consider that three of the road playoff wins have come during the Russell Wilson era. However, Wilson would likely have to return to his form from earlier this season combined with the defense continuing to perform as they have of late, to give the Seahawks a fighting chance; especially if they have to travel to New Orleans and/or Green Bay this January.
Of course, first things first, the Seahawks need to take care of business at home against a Rams team which always give them problems, especially with Aaron Donald and the rest of their defense. Overall, there’s no denying Pete Carroll’s team has the potential to win their second Super Bowl this season, but whether they actually do so is another question altogether.
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