Seahawks Pick 'Em
Seattle Times sportswriters predict the score before every Seahawks game.
Schedule Bob Condotta Jayson Jenks Larry Stone Matt Calkins
Week 16
Saturday, Dec. 24
1:25 p.m.
23-14 Seahawks

Expect Arizona's defense to come to play and make life uneasy for the Seahawks. But Russell Wilson might have fresher legs with the couple extra days off and make a few big plays to turn the tide.

17-10 Seahawks

The Seahawks have allowed 10 points in their past two home games and should be stingy again against a Cardinals offense that hasn't been nearly as explosive this season.

30-10 Seahawks

The Seahawks are due for a breakout game, and playing at home against a team that has lost four of its past five seems like the right time. One thing for certain: It won’t end in a tie.

20-13 Seahawks

This will be a closer game than many people think, as the offense will continue to struggle. The defense should bail out the Seahawks, though, and move them one step closer to a first-round bye.

Week 15
Wednesday, Dec. 14
5:30 p.m.
Seahawks 24
Rams 3
24-6 Seahawks

There's no way the Seahawks offense can be more mistake-prone than it was last week. And it's hard to imagine the Seattle defense also not having a bounce-back performance, especially at home against a rookie quarterback.

20-10 Seahawks

The Seahawks face as many questions this late in a season as they have in years, and they play a Rams team that always gives them problems. But the Seahawks have usually bounced back from tough losses and should once again at home.

This game will be harder than it should be, because it’s the Rams, who always give Seattle problems. But even with their recent troubles, the Seahawks aren’t going to let this one get away – not at home, and not on prime time.

38-0 Seahawks

I like the Seahawks to cover, but I am still going to take the under.

Week 14
Sunday, Dec. 11
1:25 p.m.
Green Bay
Packers 38
Seahawks 10
28-24 Seahawks

Strange things often happen at Lambeau Field, and the Packers are playing for their playoff lives while Seattle will have to learn to adjust to play without Earl Thomas. The Seahawks also are 2-3-1 on the road this year.

27-21 Seahawks

It will be really interesting to see how the Seahawks respond without Earl Thomas against Aaron Rodgers, but the Seahawks' offense should provide enough big plays to get them out of Green Bay with a win.

24-20 Packers

The Packers have their obvious flaws, but Lambeau Field is an awfully difficult place to play, especially against a Green Bay team fighting for its playoff life.

27-21 Seahawks

The Seahawks' offense will pick up where it left off with a healthy Thomas Rawls in the backfield, and Seattle's D will slow Aaron Rodgers enough to squeak out a win.

Week 13
Sunday, Dec. 4
5:30 p.m.
Seahawks 40
Panthers 7
23-15 Seahawks

The Seahawks have offensive-line issues, but the Panthers have an injury-riddled O-line that likely will include just one starter at his usual position. That along with the return of Michael Bennett and Earl Thomas and a likely better offensive performance should get Seattle on track.

27-10 Seahawks

Under Pete Carroll, the Seahawks usually have responded well to criticism and games in which they played poorly. That's what I'm banking on here.

17-10 Seahawks

The Seahawks’ issues from Tampa Bay won’t magically disappear, but with reinforcements in personnel they’ll have enough to slog by a disappointing Carolina squad.

17-9 Seahawks

Unlike my colleague and resident contrarian Larry Stone, I’m confident the Seahawks' defense can hold the Panthers to single digits.

Week 12
Sunday, Nov. 27
1 p.m.
Tampa Bay
Buccaneers 14
Seahawks 5
21-13 Seahawks

Injuries, a long trip, and having won three consecutive emotional, physical games could catch up to the Seahawks. On the other hand, Seattle seems on its way to its usual second-half run, and the matchup of Seattle's defense against Jameis Winston could be a good one.

27-24 Buccaneers

The Seahawks have the league's best defense, but they could be without Michael Bennett, Earl Thomas and DeShawn Shead. Tampa quarterback Jameis Winston has been on a roll, and the Buccaneers just pulled out a tough win at Kansas City.

31-17 Seahawks

The injuries are mounting for Seattle, particularly on defense. But Russell Wilson gets healthier by the week, and if they can keep Thomas Rawls healthy, the Seahawks should still roll.

24-21 Buccaneers

Slowed by a semi-limited run game and the likely absence of Earl Thomas, the Seahawks will take a momentary step back against a Tampa Bay team coming off a huge win vs. the Chiefs.

Week 11
Sunday, Nov. 20
1:25 p.m.
Seahawks 26
Eagles 15
20-10 Seahawks

The Seahawks seemed to hit their stride at New England. A little comedown probably is inevitable, and the Eagles' defense appears better than the Patriots’. But the Eagles have been pretty bad on the road, and a rookie quarterback, no matter how good, figures to struggle against the Legion of Boom in CenturyLink.

21-16 Seahawks

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has played like an MVP candidate the past two games, and his health no longer is an issue. A healthy Wilson changes the Seahawks' offense, and the run game seems poised for a turnaround in the second half of the season partly as a result.

24-10 Seahawks

With Russell Wilson regaining health, the running game perking up, the offensive line improving and the defense coming off a rousing goal-line stand, the Seahawks are poised for their customary second-half surge.

28-17 Seahawks

It all seems to be coming together for the Seahawks – Russell Wilson’s health has returned, C.J. Prosise has emerged in the backfield and Kam Chancellor has ignited the defense. Add that they're playing at the Clink? No need to get cute with the prediction — Seattle by double digits.

Week 10
Sunday, Nov. 13
5:30 p.m.
New England
Seahawks 31
Patriots 24
27-16 Patriots

This always loomed as a tough matchup for Seattle with the Monday night game and then a long trip for Sunday nighter. It's tougher now that the defense has been on the field for roughly 80 plays a game the last three weeks --- almost an entire extra game in plays --- and now has to take on one of the best QBs in NFL history and a passing attack that it's on top of its game, and well-rested after a bye week. Seattle always rises to the occasion in prime time so I'd expect this to stay close for a while but for the Pats to pull away at the end.

27-21 Patriots

The Seahawks' last two opponents have converted on 66 percent of their third downs. Neither of those teams had Tom Brady at quarterback. The offense broke out of its shell in the first half of last week's game but once again struggled after halftime. The Patriots are too good for either of those to happen this week.

31-20 Patriots

It's been years since the Seahawks have lost by more than 10, but this one is set up for what qualifies as a rout for Seattle. With the Hawks' running game on fumes, and Tom Brady getting more comfortable by the game, the Patriots are well-positioned for a comfortable win at home.

21-20 Seahawks
Tom Brady's game-winning two-point conversion attempt is picked off at the goal line by Richard Sherman. Shoulda run the ball.
Week 9
Tuesday, Nov. 8
5:20 p.m.
Seahawks 31
Bills 25
14-13 Seahawks

Yes, Seattle's offense has been in neutral of late. But a healthier Russell Wilson should help lead to a crisper effort, and the defense, a little more rested and buoyed by being at home, will shut down a one-dimensional Buffalo offense.

20-13 Seahawks

At this point, who knows if the Seahawks' offense can run the ball or score points? But the defense should be able to get the job done at home.

24-17 Seahawks

The Seahawks tend to rise up in prime-time games, especially at home, and they'll muster up enough offense to put away the Bills.

17-14 Seahawks

The offense will still struggle, but as per its usual, Seattle's defense will carry the load and help the Seahawks squeak by Buffalo for their fifth win.

Week 8
Sunday, Oct. 30
10 a.m.
New Orleans
Seahawks 20
Saints 25
23-21 Seahawks

Seattle's defense overcomes its fatigue to rise to the occasion and shut down New Orleans QB Drew Brees and the Saints just enough.

27-17 Seahawks

The Saints have not been a good team stopping the run this season, and that should help the Seahawks' offense get going. The Seahawks' defense has proven it doesn’t need much room to work with.

31-21 Seahawks

Seattle's defense might feel some repercussions from last week's superhuman -- and draining -- effort, but its offense should be well-rested. More important, the offense will be motivated to show that it’s not the weak link.

14-10 Saints

Despite his team's top-notch defense, Russell Wilson's lack of mobility and Seattle's offensive-line woes will catch up with the Seahawks in the Big Easy.

Week 7
Sunday, Oct. 23
5:20 p.m.
Seahawks 6
Cardinals 6
24-16 Seahawks

Seattle has played absurdly well the last three years against Arizona in Glendale. This game projects to be closer with Arizona due to play better someday down there. But Seattle's defense seems like a good matchup against Arizona's evolving offense.

27-17 Seahawks

The Seahawks have beaten the Cardinals by at least 12 points on the road in each of the last three seasons, including a 29-point win in 2014 followed by a 30-point win last season. It's been a different story in Seattle, but the Seahawks have thrived in Glendale.

27-24 Cardinals

The Seahawks have won three in a row in Arizona, but they're catching a team that's finding its way after a terrible start, and desperately needs a win to avoid falling out of the division race. The difference could be David Johnson, who has been a monster this year.

24-21 Cardinals

The Cardinals are the best team the Seahawks have played on the road all year and will cause trouble for their defense. Look for the NFC West standings to get a lot closer after Sunday.

Week 6
Sunday, Oct. 16
1 p.m.
Seahawks 26
Falcons 24
27-24 Seahawks

Atlanta will move the ball more than expected. But Atlanta, playing a second consecutive road game and fourth in five weeks, will fade late with a healthier Russell Wilson again leading a fourth-quarter drive.

Seahawks 24-14

Atlanta is the best team the Seahawks have played this season, and Matt Ryan and that offense present challenges. But I'm banking on the Seahawks to do what they usually have done under Peter Carroll and play tough in a big game.

Seahawks 31-28

In a classic matchup of the NFL's leader in total offense (Atlanta) against the team that has allowed the fewest yards (Seattle), the slight edge goes to the defense. Especially with Russell Wilson having had two weeks to heal up his various injuries.

Seahawks 24-21

Russell Wilson will be effective and outduel Matt Ryan in what will be the toughest test for Seattle's defense yet.

Week 4
Sunday, Oct. 2
10 a.m.
New York
Seahawks 27
Jets 17
13-10 Seahawks

Russell Wilson might be gimpy, but Seattle's defense will prove dominating and the offense will do just enough to allow the Seahawks to go into the bye with a win.

17-10 Seahawks
The Jets have a great defensive line — maybe the best the Seahawks will face this season — and the Seahawks have an injured quarterback in Russell Wilson. But the defense has played so well this season that I'm banking on them creating points to squeak out a win.
17-3 Seahawks

Seattle's defense, irked by the two late TDs it gave up to the 49ers in a blowout last week, keeps New York out of the end zone and creates a score to take the heat off hobbled Russell Wilson.

20-10 Seahawks

Regardless of Russell Wilson's health, the Seahawks got back to playing their brand of football vs. the Niners on Sunday. With the re-established run game, Seattle will put enough points on the board for its first-tier defense to protect.

Week 3
Sunday, Sept. 25
1:05 p.m.
Seahawks 37
49ers 18
20-6 Seahawks

Russell Wilson's ankle will feel a little better, which will help result in a few bigger plays by the offense and create a little late breathing room against a 49ers team that will be stymied by Seattle's defense, still playing at an elite level.

27-13 Seahawks

Even if the Seahawks' offense struggles again, the defense has been pretty awesome so far. The Seahawks have allowed the fewest yards per game through two weeks and once again lead the NFL in fewest points allowed.

20-13 Seahawks

I expect the Seahawks' offense to improve, but only incrementally. Instead, it will be the defense that fuels this victory against a 49ers team that hung 28 points on the Rams the same team that kept Seattle out of the end zone.

17-13 49ers

I just haven't seen any evidence that the Seahawks can score yet, and with Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett and Thomas Rawls all getting dinged last Sunday, I'm not sure it's going to improve. Until they start putting points on the board, I'm skeptical of their chances regardless of how good the defense is.

Week 2
Sunday, Sept. 18
1:05 p.m.
Los Angeles
Rams 9
Seahawks 3
17-6 Seahawks

Russell Wilson sprained ankle and all, the Seahawks will put at least a momentary end to the hex the Rams have had on them the last couple of years. Thomas Rawls will get back in the saddle as the lead running back and take some pressure off of Wilson and the defense will dominate an ineffectual Los Angeles offense.

20-19 Rams

The Rams and their defensive line have been something like a kryptonite for the Seahawks the last few seasons. They looked horrible in Week 1, but they've played the Seahawks tough in the past and will be making their debut in LA.

17-10 Seahawks

Disregard everything you saw on Monday night -- the Rams are always a tough opponent for the Seahawks, and that won't change in Los Angeles. Particularly not with the emotion from their first home game, and a possibly hampered Russell Wilson at QB for the Seahawks. But Seattle will slog its way to a victory.

Rams 14-10

Seattle's offensive line is still a huge work in progress as it gets set to face one of the best defensive lines in the league. Look for the Rams to give Angelinos a quality show in their return.

Week 1
Sunday, Sept. 11
1:05 p.m.
Seahawks 12
Dolphins 10
20-10 Seahawks

Meshing some new and recently returning parts might make for some sluggish moments for Seahawks offense. But defense will carry the day.

27-17 Seahawks

The Dolphins’ defensive line will let us know pretty early where the Seahawks’ new offensive line stands. But regardless of how that goes, Seattle’s defense will be too much for Miami.

24-21 Seahawks

The Seahawks will work out the kinks of a new season but still sneak away with a win, unlike last year, on a last-minute Steven Hauschka field goal.

21-10 Seahawks

The Seahawks have the superior roster and are in good health for the most part. Assuming their offensive line is anything but disastrous, there is little reason to think the season-opener will be a flop.