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Seattle Seahawks Betting – Playoff Run Doesn’t Mask Seattle’s Deficiencies

Posted by Stan Simmons on 7/12/2011 6:53:04 PM
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Seattle were the largest online betting underdogs in playoff history last season before upsetting the Super Bowl champions from two seasons ago. However, the Seahawks were brought back to earth in the next game, and it showed that they still have a long way to go before they’re among the NFC’s elite.

  • Head Coach: Pete Carroll
  • Offensive Coordinator: Darrell Bevell (new)
  • Defensive Coordinator: Casey Bradley
  • Owner: Paul Allen
  • Stadium: CenturyLink Field
  • Capacity: 67,000
  • Super Bowl Wins: 0
Offense

Seattle managed to get through another year with Matt Hasselbeck at the helm, finishing 28th in the NFL in that category, but they would be able to keep Hasselbeck around for another year if they could get some semblance of a running game, which came in 31st in the league last year. Marshawn Lynch and Justin Forsett shared time in the backfield, but neither reached the 600-yard mark last season. Receiver Mike Williams may be the best story in Seattle as he was out of football for two years and on route to being one of the bigger busts of the last decade, but head coach Pete Carroll watched over Williams at USC, gave him a second chance and Williams emerged as the most dangerous threat on the offense. He doesn’t have much help in the receiving game, but Williams, armed with a new three-year deal, will be eager to prove that last year was no fluke. The line should be improved under new coach Tom Cable, who was the head man in Oakland and was inexplicably let go (maybe not if you’re an Oakland fan familiar with owner Al Davis).

But there are a lot of questions to answer on this side of the ball, most importantly, who is at quarterback? NFL betting odds are, Hasselbeck will be back in town after signing a free-agent deal, but expect Carroll to keep his ears open for a possible replacement. One of the running backs has to step up and it would be nice to have a second receiver opposite Williams. The Seahawks also used their first two draft picks on linemen (tackle James Carpenter and guard John Moffit), but will they be ready to step right in? New coordinator Darrell Bevell, who was in Minnesota from 2006 to last year, will have his work cut out for him.

Grade: D+

Defense

Carroll made his name at USC as a defensive guru who constantly had the Trojans among the best in the nation, but last year, the Seahawks were only 27th in the league. Their linebackers were solid against the run, led by David Hawthorne, Aaron Curry and Lofa Tatupu, who also played for Carroll at USC. Ends Chris Clemons and Raheem Brock combined for 20 sacks, but now Carroll has to work on keeping Brock in town as he is a free agent and would be a huge loss for this unit. The safeties had a solid mix of youth and experience with Lawyer Milloy and rookie Earl Thomas, who had five picks. Cornerback Marcus Trufant is still one of the best cover corners in the league, but he’s on the downside of 30.

The Seahawks have to figure out if they’re going to resign Milloy or Jordan Babineaux, who is nine years younger and is probably the better pick, not to mention, he’ll be cheaper to resign than Milloy. Carroll needs more out of Curry from his rush position to help the pass rush, especially if the Seahawks lose Brock to free agency because the pass defense, which was 27th in the league, would have been much worse if those ends wouldn’t have been able to get to the quarterback. Another cornerback to play opposite Trufant would do a world of good for Seattle’s NFL betting odds, because neither Kelly Jennings nor Walter Thurmond are good enough.

Grade: C

Special Teams

Leon Washington helped the Seahawks rank in the top 10 in both kickoff and punt returns, and receiver Golden Tate also helped with the punt returns, and that’s a valuable weapon too have, especially when your offense isn’t very good. They were a mid-pack team when it came to covering punts and kicks, so that could be improved.

Punter Jon Ryan hit a couple of clutch punts down the stretch to help the defense out, and he’ll be back in Seattle. Kicker Olindo Mare said that he would give the Seahawks a hometown discount to resign there, which is good news as he was very dependable, hitting 83.3% of his field-goal attempts. Special teams may be the strongest part of the team.

Grade: B-

Prediction

After backing into the playoffs last season by winning the NFC West with a 7-9 mark, Seattle has NFL betting odds of +550 to win the division again, along with +5000 to take the conference and a whopping +7000 to win the Super Bowl for the first time. The upset win over New Orleans in the wild-card round shouldn’t be taken too seriously: all you really learned is that Seattle’s homefield advantage is massive (and you should’ve known that already). It was a nice story, but the Seahawks aren’t that good of a team. 

Carroll has to start thinking about the post-Hasselbeck era, because the Seahawks aren’t going to go much further with a banged-up Hasselbeck that will be 36 years old in September. The defense has the pieces to be average, but you shouldn’t expect the second coming of the “Steel Curtain”. The rest of the NFC West should be better this season, so don’t lay too much on Seattle’s sports betting odds.

2011 Schedule

  • Week 1 – at San Francisco (4:15 PM ET)
  • Week 2 – at Pittsburgh (1:00 PM ET)
  • Week 3 – vs. Arizona (4:15 PM ET)
  • Week 4 – vs. Atlanta (4:05 PM ET)
  • Week 5 – at New York Giants (1:00 PM ET)
  • Week 7 – at Cleveland (1:00 PM ET)
  • Week 8 – vs. Cincinnati (4:15 PM ET)
  • Week 9 – at Dallas (1:00 PM ET)
  • Week 10 – vs. Baltimore (4:05 PM ET)
  • Week 11 – at St. Louis (4:05 PM ET)
  • Week 12 – vs. Washington (4:05 PM ET)
  • Week 13 – vs. Philadelphia (Thursday, 8:20 PM ET)
  • Week 14 – vs. St. Louis (Monday, 8:30 PM ET)
  • Week 15 – at Chicago (1:00 PM ET)
  • Week 16 – vs. San Francisco (Saturday, 4:15 PM ET)
  • Week 17 – at Arizona (4:15 PM ET)

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