One ESPN expert says the Seahawks will improve by a couple of wins in 2012.’s John Clayton has the Seahawks finishing at 9-7, a game behind the San Francisco 49′ers in the NFC West this season.

Clayton writes:

After ranking 23rd in points scored and seventh in points allowed last season, Seattle surprisingly used eight 2012 draft choices for defense. No team used more picks for defensive players this year. Seattle has added most of its key skill players through free agency and trades  over the past couple of seasons.

The Seahawks were a quarterback upgrade away from reaching, and probably surpassing, .500 last season. They upgraded their depth at the position without question. Their as-yet-unnamed starter will probably fare better than incumbent Tavaris Jackson, who played much of the 2011 season with a torn right pectoral muscle. The team has reason for optimism as a result, but there are still question marks surrounding the position.

Clayton predicts that the Arizona Cardinals will finish at 7-9, and the St. Louis Rams to finish at 4-12.


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