The 12th Man is making noise again.
But this time the Seahawks’ loud and proud fans are doing more than make opposing offenses jump offsides. Seattle football fans cheered on their team in a recent poll of fans on NFL.com. The voting, which was announced May 13, predicted that the Seahawks will win the Super Bowl.
That probably reflects how rabid Seattle’s fans are and how convinced they are that their team’s late run wasn’t a fluke. But it also shows that the Seahawks are a trendy pick because of the emergence last season of quarterback Russell Wilson, the maturation of the defense and some splashy offseason acquisitions.
An obligatory word of caution here: Predictions of any kind don’t mean much, and voting by fans means zilch. Still, it’s fun to look at the voting a little more closely.
Oddly, despite the Super Bowl pick, the poll chose the San Francisco 49ers over the Seahawks to win the NFC West. It predicted the Seahawks would earn a second straight NFC wild-card berth and the conference’s No. 5 seed. And guess where Seattle is supposed to play in the wild-card game? At the Washington Redskins. Stop me if this sounds familiar: Like last year, Seattle is supposed to win a rematch with quarterback Robert Griffin III.
After that the Seahawks would take a different playoff path, according to voters, playing in Green Bay and winning a January showdown with quarterback Aaron Rodgers at Lambeau Field. The 49ers are predicted to win in Atlanta, and the Seahawks would win their third straight road playoff matchup in the final game at Candlestick Park before the Niners move to Santa Clara in 2014.
Super Bowl in New York City/New Jersey on Feb. 2 would pit the Denver Broncos and quarterback Peyton Manning against the Seahawks. Denver “beat” New England in the AFC Championship voting.
No final Super Bowl score was predicted, but fans voted 55,248 to 48,612 for Seattle.
Sound about right? What’s your prediction?
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