Seattle Seahawks reporter Terry Blount revises his season prediction at the midway point of the season:
Preseason prediction: 13-3
Revised prediction: 10-6
Why the Seahawks will finish worse: Since they already have three losses, it's clear the Seahawks won't win 13 games unless they run the table in the second half, and that's not going to happen with the toughest remaining schedule in the NFL.
The Seahawks' remaining opponents have a 39-25 record (.609 winning percentage) this season. Seattle still has five NFC West games remaining, including two with the division-leading Arizona Cardinals and two against the San Francisco 49ers. The Seahawks also have road games at the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles. It's a six-game stretch during which they would be fortunate to go 4-2 but could easily go 3-3.
Injuries have hurt the Seahawks, especially on offense with the loss of tight end Zach Miller (who has missed five games and counting after ankle surgery) and center Max Unger (who should return this week after missing the past four games with a foot injury). Middle linebacker Bobby Wagner and cornerback Byron Maxwell have been out three games. Offensive tackle Russell Okung and strong safety Kam Chancellor (who didn't play last week) haven't played up to their usual standards because of nagging injuries.
What I underestimated at the start of the year is how big an impact the loss of 11 players -- and a combined 58 years of experience -- from last season would have. With the injuries, young, inexperienced players were forced into action, and they struggled early. Those young guys are starting to come through now, but it took a while.
A division title remains possible for the Seahawks, but a wild-card spot seems more likely now.