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Seahawks have shot to be rare repeat Super Bowl champs

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Ken Rodney, TSN.ca
8/30/2014 8:52:16 PM
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Last season the 12th-man proved almost impossible to beat, the 11-men that took the field on either side of the ball in front of them were just as tough, and the Seattle Seahawks rode a talented squad and an overwhelming home advantage to a franchise first Super Bowl championship.

Only eight champions have been repeat winners of the NFL's ultimate prize and none since New England Patriots knocked off the Carolina Panthers and Philadelphia Eagles to win back-to-back crowns.

Are the Seahawks the right squad to be the ninth team to achieve the feat?

At 26.4 years-old, the Seahawks boasted the second youngest team to ever win the championship and that is a great sign for their future success.

Quarterback Russell Wilson followed an elite rookie season with an even better sophomore campaign to lead his team to the top.  After throwing 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in his first year, he repeated the number of majors while lowering his picks to 9 for the season.

If that was all there was to say about Wilson and his skills that would be enough, however he also rushed for 539 yards and a touchdown proving to be skilled on his feet as well as with his arm.

A healthy Percy Harvin should make for a strong passing game, even if they will have to deal with the loss of both Golden Tate and Sidney Rice at the position.

Tate is now plying his trade for the Detroit Lions and Rice has called time on his career, but in Doug Baldwin and his 50 catches for 778 yards and five touchdowns and Jermaine Kearse and his four touchdowns last season, the Seahawks are not going to be short of skilled options in their passing game.

In the backfield once again will be one of the most imposing and hardest to tackle players in the NFL in Marshawn Lynch.  Last season he contributed 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns on 301 carries and he also caught two touchdowns out of the backfield.

To call these weapons a dynamic offence is probably a major understatement and they might not even be the most talented unit on the team.

The Seahawks also boast an incredibly strong, skilled and hard hitting defence, led by talented Richard Sherman who makes tough plays and big plays in the biggest moments.

Sherman is the type of player that can erase a wide receiver from an offenses entire plan and he doesn't run the field alone.

Earl Thomas is considered to be the best free safeties in the league and along with Sherman has stated his goal to be talked about among the all-time greats of the game.

Safety Kam Chancellor is also one of the best at his position and while he might not get the same ink as the other two high profile defenders, was second team all-pro last season so his credentials are nowhere near being in question.

The defence did take some offseason hits having lost cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Walter Thurmond III, and defensive linemen Chris Clemons, Red Bryant and Clinton McDonald.

This team has survived on a next man up philosophy thus far and there is no reason to believe all of the holes created by those departures won't also easily be filled.

The ace in the hole is the rabid fan base that helped the Seahawks to a 7-1 record during the regular season in Seattle and two huge home playoff victories the propelled them to the Super Bowl.

Beating the Seahawks is incredibly tough and winning in Seattle is even tougher, those are the ingredients to another top notch, possibly championship calibre season.

Russell Wilson (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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