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June 6, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Friday links: Evaluating Seattle’s playoff chances, and more

What’s going to be one of the overriding themes of Seattle’s 2014 season is the challenge of repeating as Super Bowl champions. It’s s0mething we’ll break down a lot in the coming months as we prepare for the season.

But the cliff’s notes version is that it has been a struggle for all Super Bowl champs since the Patriots repeated in 2004.

As this list shows, only three teams since then have made it as far as the divisional playoff round. None have made it further, and four didn’t even make it to the playoffs, including the last two — the Giants and Ravens.

Seattle has lots of reasons to be optimistic it can beat the odds, notably that it features a still-very-young roster that features players regarded as being as good as any in the NFL at a number of key spots.

Still, you wonder if the challenges of being a defending Super Bowl champ have played into these Las Vegas odds, which give Seattle the third-best chance of making the playoffs, but at just under 71 percent overall, which obviously means an almost 30 percent chance of not making it. Or maybe that just speaks to the perceived stoutness of the NFC West, generally considered the best division in the NFL right now.

For now, just something to ponder with the season still three months away.

IN OTHER NEWS. …

— Interesting Tweet here from Paul Richardson that he is having laser eye surgery done today:

It was a year ago at this time that Jermaine Kearse revealed he had recently had a similar surgery, and he then went on to have a breakthrough season in his second year in the NFL.

There was some pre-draft criticism that Richardson had some problems dropping passes¬† in college, though the Seahawks have said from the moment they drafted him that they didn’t see that as an issue. The eye surgery seemed to help Kearse, and maybe this is something the Seahawks knew about with Richardson. In the practices that media have been allowed to see, drops haven’t been an issue for Richardson.

— Here’s the report on Thursday’s OTA from Seahawks.com (it was closed to the media at-large). The Seahawks will have four more OTAs next week, two of which will be open to the media.

— The Madden 2015 cover contest winner — either Richard Sherman or Cam Newton — will be announced today at 3 p.m. and interviewed immediately afterward on ESPN’s SportsCenter. And the winner will also be interviewed afterward on SiriusXMNFL radio:

— Interesting stuff here on the potential for an NFL developmental league in the future.

— NFL.com with eight takeaways from Thursday’s OTAs.

— Finally, here’s a first look¬† at the trailer for the upcoming Madden game:

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