A string of five straight trips to the playoffs was snapped last season when the Seattle Seahawks finished their 2018 campaign with a 9-7 overall record that saw them only manage a 6-9-1 record against the closing pointspread. Chinks in the armor were abundant. The offense sputtered all season trying to protect Russell Wilson from an onslaught of defenders in the backfield, while the defense took a major step back in defending the run ( No. 19 ). All in all, it was a very disappointing season in the Pacific Northwest.
Linemakers aren’t forecasting much of any improvement heading into the 2018 NFL betting season. In fact, they expect Pete Carroll’s squad to take another step back with their season win total lined at 8. The betting market is also bullish with the under taking a bunch of action. If you’d like to fade the action, you can get Seattle at +6700 to win Super Bowl LIII and +3577 to win the NFC. They’re expected to finish third in the NFC West ( +409 ) behind the 49ers and favored Rams.
Upper management looked to improve a meager rushing attack by selecting Rashad Penny out of San Diego State in the NFL Draft. He proved to be a playmaker at the collegiate level, but will it translate in the NFL? No Seattle running back rushed for more than 300 yards last season! Wilson was actually the lead rusher. Even with that the case, no big moves were made to shore up an offensive line that opened holes for an average of 4.0 yards per carry.
Though Wilson threw for a league-high 34 touchdowns last season, 20 of those TD strikes went to three players no longer on the roster. Though Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett return, I’m not sure a washed up Brandon Marshall will be enough to help alleviate those losses.
Most bothersome about the 2018 Seattle Seahawks are the losses on the defensive side of the ball. Though the unit took a step back last season, it’s still going to be tough to replace guys like Richard Sherman, Michael Bennett, Sheldon Richardson and Cliff Avril. The Seahawks didn’t finish in the top-five for the first time since 2011. This unit isn’t nearly as dominant as it was when it was competing for Super Bowls years back.
The schedule should allow Seattle to get out to a great start. If and when that occurs, do yourself a solid and look to fade this overhyped team. The Rams are leaps and bounds better, and the 49ers could give them issues as well. Seattle’s window of opportunity to compete for Super Bowl titles has been slammed shut in my opinion. Carroll’s message has gotten stale. Don’t be shocked if the Seahawks fail to topple their season win total a second straight season. In fact, I think they come up dreadfully short.
Week 1: Seahawks at Broncos, Sunday, September 9, 4:25 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 2: Seahawks at Bears, Monday, September 17, 8:15 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 3: Cowboys at Seahawks, Sunday, September 23, 4:25 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 4: Seahawks at Cardinals, Sunday, September 30, 4:05 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 5: Rams at Seahawks, Sunday, October 7, 4:25 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 6: Seahawks at Raiders, Sunday, October 14, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 7: Bye Week
Week 8: Seahawks at Lions, Sunday, October 28, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 9: Chargers at Seahawks, Sunday, November 4, 4:05 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 10: Seahawks at Rams, Sunday, November 11, 4:25 p.m. ET – CBS
Week 11: Packers at Seahawks, Thursday, November 15, 8:20 p.m. ET – FOX/NFL Network
Week 12: Seahawks at Panthers, Sunday, November 25, 1 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 13: 49ers at Seahawks, Sunday, December 2, 8:20 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 14: Vikings at Seahawks, Monday, December 10, 8:15 p.m. ET – ESPN
Week 15: Seahawks at 49ers, Sunday, December 16, 4:05 p.m. ET – FOX
Week 16: Chiefs at Seahawks, Sunday, December 23, 8:20 p.m. ET – NBC
Week 17: Cardinals at Seahawks, Sunday, December 30, 4:25 p.m. ET – FOX
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