The NFL’s official Twitter page today threw out a question to fans, asking which team will have the best defense in the league this season.
As I write this (the numbers change constantly) the Seahawks are in the lead in the fan vote, with 17.6 percent.
That vote is part of an NFL.com feature today in which six of the site’s experts debate which team they think will have the best defense in the league in 2013.
As you can see, three pick the Seahawks — Cincinnati, Houston and Pittsburgh all get one vote each.
Two of the three write that they think Seattle’s improved pass rush will be a key reason the Seahawks will have the best defense in the league.
That pass rush will be the biggest area of intrigue about the Seattle defense this season. The Seahawks were very aggressive in free agency in attempting to bolster the pass rush. But there are also questions — can Seattle survive a tough first four games without Bruce Irvin? Will Cliff Avril get healthy? Will Red Bryant return to 2011 form and take that much more pressure off the outside rushers?
In the off-season, hope springs eternal.
— NFL (@nfl) June 19, 2013