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Seattle Seahawks Betting Predictions – Improvement On Offense The Key

Posted by Tony Bryant on 7/18/2012 4:29:17 PM

The Seattle Seahawks fell short of expectations once again in 2011. However, unlike in 2010 when a 7-9 record was good enough to win the NFC West, the 13-3 San Francisco 49ers made sure that Pete Carroll would not add a second division title in as many years to his resume as head coach of the “college navy and action green”. The Seahawks signed free agent quarterback Matt Flynn out of Green Bay in hopes that he will provide the same spark to the offense that another former Packers’ passer did when Matt Hasselbeck landed in Seattle years ago, and the development of those units around their newest acquisition will be the biggest key to the team’s success in year three under Carroll.

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

Offense

While the online betting sample size is very limited with Flynn, his record-breaking 480-yard, six-touchdown performance against the Detroit Lions in the Packers’ final regular season game last year was enough for the Seahawks to believe that he could be their franchise quarterback. Seattle finished in the bottom third of the NFL in both pass and rush offense last year, and the progression of both aspects of the game should compliment one another and lead to overall improvement. Running back Marshawn Lynch is the type of workhorse that the Seahawks can work in to the ground, while Leon Washington provides the perfect change of pace, but the offensive line will need to be better overall and it begins with a healthy Russell Okung and Max Unger. Seattle brought in a pair of tight ends in Zach Miller and Kellen Winslow that should really help Flynn’s development, and Sidney Rice will be the top wide receiver. The Seahawks would love to see something out of Golden Tate, who has been a bust so far, and they are also holding out hope that Mike Williams will carve a role as a secondary receiver.

Grade: B -

Defense

The trio of Jason Jones, Brendon Mebane, and Alan Branch represent one of the strongest defensive tackle groups in the NFL, an their job will remain stuffing the run in the middle. The Seahawks surprised everyone when they selected pass-rush specialist Bruce Irvin in the first round, and he should substitute in for either Leroy Hill or KJ Wright at outside linebacker in obvious passing situations. Seattle owns one of the best safety tandems in the league in Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, but they will need more consistent play from cornerbacks Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner in order to free them up and maximize their nfl football betting potential.

Grade: B -

Special Teams

In addition to being a solid complimentary running back, Washington also handles the majority of the return duties, and with seven career kickoff returns for touchdowns that’s a good thing. The problem for Seattle last season was its kicking game, with Steven Hauschka struggling from distance, and the return units giving up three touchdowns. Punter Jon Ryan led the NFL in kicks downed inside the 20 last sports bet season, and there is no excuse for the coverage units not to be better in 2012.

Grade: B -

Prediction

The Seahawks will be better in year three under Carroll, but this team isn’t ready to challenge the 49ers for division supremacy just yet. Flynn will develop with Winslow, Miller, Rice, and Lynch around him, and the offense will improve behind a solid offensive line. Seattle will have its way with the Cardinals and Rams within the NFC West, but with tough games against the Packers, Patriots, Lions, and Cowboys look for them to finish somewhere around .500 and miss the playoffs.

Projected Record: 8-8 (Second in NFC West)

2012 Regular Season Schedule

Week 1 – at Arizona (4:25 PM ET)
Week 2 – vs. Dallas (4:05 PM ET)
Week 3 – vs. Green Bay (Monday, 8:30 PM ET)
Week 4 – at St. Louis (1:00 PM ET)
Week 5 – at Carolina (4:05 PM ET)
Week 6 – vs. New England (1:00 PM ET)
Week 7 – at San Francisco (Thursday, 8:20 PM ET)
Week 8 – at Detroit (1:00 PM ET)
Week 9 – vs. Minnesota (4:05 PM ET)
Week 10 – vs. New York Jets (4:05 PM ET)
Week 11 – BYE WEEK
Week 12 – at Miami (1:00 PM ET)
Week 13 – at Chicago (1:00 PM ET)
Week 14 – vs. Arizona (4:25 PM ET)
Week 15 – at Buffalo (4:05 PM ET)
Week 16 – vs. San Francisco (4:25 PM ET)
Week 17 – vs. St. Louis Rams (4:25 PM ET)


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