Niner the key differences is you have key weakness's like your receiving core and huge question marks at multiple other positions. I'm not making my prediction solely based on hope like you.
The road schedule looks daunting no doubt but we also have a more mature team that didn't get weaker in the offseason and likely got much better and I am not hoping based on washed up CB's or that a #2 WR can suddenly become a #1 or even that rookies will replace all pro plaers or Wilson's #1 AND #2 targets. I am basing that off proven track records at success and documented as elite.
Just as difficult as or road schedule is the opposite in our home schedule and we went unbeaten at home last year so why would an easier schedule with a better team be expected to have worse results?
Please feel free to explain to me how you think your team is improved because you were worse last year than the year before no matter what the record or results were and that is a trend that is common with honeymoon coaches.
The Seahawks have shown significant improvement each year with the record reflecting a serious downgrade at the QB position and still matching the previous years win record while the team improved it's running game from both in the bottom of the league the previous year to both top ten in 2011. The QB problem though is now obviously solved so there is no clear cut reason to think we will slide backwards.
Your team on the other hand has significant reasons to see a slide backwards.
So by your logic then, if you win the division, and we get in on a wild card slot, if we end up winning the SB...you would have still had the better season because you ended the regular season with a better record?
PS. The ninnies ain't winning a Lombardi anytime soon, the current team had their chance last year and blew it! Now the wheels start to fall off the douchebaugh-mobile!