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NFL Football 2013: Seattle SeahawksPreview

Posted by Stan Simmons on 8/9/2013 8:34:12 PM

When people who frequently try their hand atonline bettingare confronted by the reality of a new NFL season, they know that in many ways and on many fronts, they will have to find the sweet spot located between potential and reality. There is a ceiling a team can reach, but on the other hand, injuries and suspensions get in the way.

A winningsports betshould be able to look at everything and make an informed guess about a team’s ultimate result. For the Seahawks, it’s hard to say that the offseason has been good to them. Seattle’s odds of making the Super Bowl have slightly decreased due to one very big story.

The online sportsbookcalculus for the Seahawks is not as rosy right now because receiver Percy Harvin, expected to be an explosive playmaker on the edges, has needed hip surgery. He will miss at least 12 games in the regular season and could very realistically miss the whole 2013 NFL campaign, including the playoffs. Here’s the lowdown from Josh Katzowitz of CBSSports.com, who filed a report on July 25, when news of Harvin’s initial injury broke. As you read this excerpt, keep in mind that Harvin has already had hip surgery, but that his season has not been pronounced as “over” by anyone. Doctors, team officials, and Harvin himself will all see where things stand in December, when week 14 of the 17-week (16-game) season arrives. Here’s the excerpt from Katzowitz’s story:

“The Seahawks announced on Thursday the players it was placing on the Physically Unable to Perform list prior to the beginning of training camp, and one name on there was a big, potentially expensive surprise. That would be Percy Harvin -- who was acquired by Seattle in exchange for a first-round pick and two other draft selections to the Vikings and who then signed a six-year, $67 million contract with $25.5 million worth of guarantees.

“NFL.com writes that Harvin might have suffered a slight labrum tear in his hip and that he'll seek a second opinion next week. For now, it's unclear when Harvin will return to action (though his inclusion on the PUP list would allow him to begin practicing immediately after coming off it). CBSSports.com's Jason La Canfora reports that Harvin has yet to finalize the second opinion on his hip.”

Reaction to the Harvin injury has been relatively muted. A number of pundits have said that Seattle still wants to run the ball more than anything else and can rely on its strong defense to win games. That’s true against weaker teams, but against the elites of the league, chiefly the defending NFC champion (and foremost division rival) San Francisco 49ers, the Seahawks needed – and still need – a playmaker such as Harvin in order to prevail. Seattle has to be able to beat out San Francisco in the NFC West in order to get a first-round bye, home-field advantage in the playoffs, and an ideal path to the Super Bowl. Without Harvin, it’s hard to elevate the Seahawks above the 49ers in the NFL’s larger pecking order.


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