Two years back, it was a popular forecast that the Seattle Seahawks would be up to pieces and miss the playoffs for a second successive season. Many of the pundits even had Seattle completing below.500 for the very first time under Russell Wilson.

Now that Seattle is coming off successive 10+ win seasons and playoff appearances, but admittedly they have not won the NFC West because 2016. They had to make a severe second-half surge to make the playoffs in 2018 and rode historically fantastic success in close video games to enter the postseason in 2019.

With the 2020 routine season (tentatively) simply over three months away, NFL.com columnist Adam Schein has rolled in with his nine strong forecasts, and among them is that the Seahawks will not suffice to make even the expanded playoff field.

Read it and weep:

I know that the Seahawks have been among the most consistent teams in the NFL over the last years, publishing a winning record in each of the past 8 seasons, with double-digit wins in seven of them. I know that Russell Wilson is a first-ballot Hall of Famer. And I never ever want to wager against fellow future gold-jacket wearers Bobby Wagner and Pete Carroll. But I have major questions about the overall quality of this lineup– specifically when compared to a host of lineups throughout the NFC.

San Francisco, in 2015’s NFC champs, look even much better today. Tampa Bay won the offseason, with Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski joining a skilled young roster and Jason Licht adding some essential pieces in the draft. New Orleans will be squarely in the Lombardi hunt for the 4th straight season. The Cowboys and Eagles both upgraded their rosters. I have actually already declared the Cardinals this year’s Cinderella team. And Aaron Rodgers is still Aaron Rodgers.

Don’t get me wrong: I don’t expect the Seahawks to break down. However they’ll lose a few more games than typical, especially in this year’s highly competitive NFC West.

Based upon what he’s composed, presumably has the 49ers, Cowboys, Eagles, Cardinals, Buccaneers, Saints, and Packers in the playoffs. In reality we understand he has the Cowboys in the playoffs since among his other vibrant predictions was that Dallas would be the # 1 seed.

Even as a Seahawks fan, I do not believe it’s a bold forecast that they miss out on the playoffs, but I likewise still back them to make it anyway. I was among those who didn’t predict a postseason berth for Seattle in 2018– I had them completing 8-8– however the lesson discovered is that any group with Russell Wilson at QB need to not be marked down from the playoff picture.

That stated, I don’t believe Schein is necessarily incorrect to be concerned about the general lineup. It is okay, per se, but unless the recent and current draft classes begin ending up being regularly favorable factors, I do not think you can make an excellent argument that this is an especially deep group. There are still serious enigma about broad receiver depth listed below Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, a defensive line still without a proven # 1 pass rush, the largely retooled offending line, and the advancement of young secondary gamers like Tre Flowers, Ugo Amadi, and Marquise Blair.