Seattle Seahawks

Many were down on the Seattle Seahawks entering the 2018-19 season. Though it won the NFC West three of the previous five seasons and logged at least nine wins during that stretch, online sportsbooks saw a rush of under money come in on the Seahawks season win total making Pete Carroll’s troops one of the biggest preseason liabilities in the futures market should they not at the very least compete for division honors. While they didn’t end up doing that with the Los Angeles Rams cruising to consecutive NFC West titles, Russell Wilson and company still managed to punch their ticket to the postseason and rip the hearts out of all that doubted them pulling off the feat. Seattle went on to log 10 regular season wins and enters 2019-20 with a 9-game season win total. Once again, the betting markets are bearish with heavy -145 juice attached to the low side of that impost.

Say what you will about Russell Wilson. He’s too small. He’s got no arm. He’s got no receivers to get the pigskin to. Those frames of mind have been taken ever since he entered the NFL back in 2012. Since then, all he’s done is win a Super Bowl, lose a Super Bowl and go on to throw for at least 3,100 yards in all seven seasons played at the NFL level. That was once again the case last year when he logged just under 3,500 yards and threw for the most touchdowns ( 35 ) of his professional career. He did so without the services of Doug Baldwin who was a shell of his former self in his 13 overall starts. Wilson’s favorite target proved to be second-year wide receiver Tyler Lockett who went for 965 yards and 10 TD and found himself on the end of a number of deep scoring strikes. But it was the ground game that buttered the offense’s bread with it churning out a league-high 160.0 yards per game at 4.7 yards per carry. The offensive line was bolstered in the offseason and Chris Carson is once again the lead back of a solid stable of running backs.

While the defense wasn’t horrific a year ago, it was far from what NFL bettors came to expect from recent seasons. Seattle still got after the quarterback at an impressive rate doing so an average of 2.7 times in its 16 regular season games, but had issues stopping both the run ( No. 13 ) and the pass ( No. 17 ). A young unit with loads of talent will take to the gridiron this season, and Frank Clark’s 13 sacks are no longer in the mix after being dealt to the Kansas City Chiefs. Even so, Defensive Coordinator Ken Norton Jr. has his schemes in place and ready to go. If he can light a spark under Ziggy Ansah unlike the Detroit coaching staff was able to do, he might not see that much of a drop-off in the sack department with Jarran Reed and his 10 sacks still anchoring the defensive line.

In terms of winning the whole enchilada ( +3200 ) as well as the NFC ( +1325 ), the Seahawks don’t rate out with the Saints and Rams at top rated sportsbooks. However, last season showed just how serious everyone must take Seattle after it defied the odds and got back to the playoffs following a year hiatus. It’s inability to rush the pigskin ultimately cost it in the second season against the Cowboys, so the offense knows now that as much as it would rather bury the opposition with its ground game, the passing attack must be better than average. With the underrated Wilson looking to get the pigskin to an up and coming wide receiver corps with the addition of rookie DK Metcalf, the NFC West will no doubt be there for the taking so long as they can do just that.