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Seahawks an Early 2013 Superb Owl Favorite?

Below is an excerpt from John Clayton's recent ESPN article citing his personal favorites for the 2013 Super Bowl. He has the Seahawks listed at #4 behind the Bronco's, Patriots, and Packers, and in front of the Atlanta Falcons.

4. Seattle Seahawks: Thanks to the drafting of Russell Wilson at quarterback and how coach Pete Carroll rebuilt the defense, the Seahawks are ready to challenge the 49ers -- who have owned the NFC West the past two seasons -- for the division title.

Now, the Seahawks are ready. The schedule betrayed them in 2012 and cost them a chance to win the division. The NFL gave the Seahawks three division road games early in the season. Wilson, a rookie who took only a third of the snaps in the preseason, wasn't able to pull those early games into victories. As a result, the Seahawks started the season in an 0-3 hole in the NFC West.

They scrambled to finish the season within a half-game of the 49ers. In 2013, you figure the Seahawks will get a fairer distribution of NFC West games and have a better chance of going 4-2 or 5-1 in the division. The Seattle-San Francisco rivalry is growing. Bovada has the Seahawks as the No. 6 favorite at 12-1.

Obviously, I think it's an interesting choice on Clayton's part to omit the 49ers from his top 5. They'd sooner be there than the Falcons at the #5 spot. What do you all think?

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