The dust has not yet settled in the NFL free agency period, but there may be a new favorite in the NFC.
In a debate released on NFL.com Friday, three out of four writers for the website chose the Seattle Seahawks as the team to beat in the NFC heading into next season.
"The Seahawks have made the biggest jump of any of the three teams ... Certainly San Francisco still is a very strong team, but Seattle is a more difficult matchup for them now."
"The Seahawks were the best NFC team at the end of the 2012 season, and the moves they've made this offseason have only strengthened their hold ... Just looking on paper, it's hard to find a weakness."
"What else does Seattle need? They're now loaded everywhere ... I can't see San Francisco maintaining that mental edge that's needed over the course of the offseason, 16 more games and the playoffs to make it out of the NFC again."
With the additions of wide receiver Percy Harvin and defensive ends Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, are the Seahawks the undisputed favorites to represent the NFC in Super Bowl XLVIII?