Pete Carroll and Russel Wilson look to head back to the playoffs after a shaky year with locker room problems and o-line holes.
NFC WEST DIVISION WINNERS: +450 (Bovada)
NFC CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS: +2200 (Bovada)
SUPER BOWL 53 CHAMPIONS: +5500 (Bovada)
Team Win Total: O/U 9 (Westgate)
Week 1 @ Oakland (+1.5) Week 9 @ New Orleans (+2)
Week 2 vs. Arizona (-10.5) Week 10 vs. Seattle (-7)
Week 3 vs. Los Angeles (Chargers) (-3.5) Week 11 vs. Kansas City (-4.5)
Week 4 vs. Minnesota (-3) Week 12 BYE WEEK
Week 5 @ Seattle (-1) Week 13 @ Detroit (-2)
Week 6 @ Denver (-2.5) Week 14 @ Chicago (-2.5)
Week 7 @ San Francisco (-1) Week 15 @ Philadelphia
Week 8 vs. Green Bay (-3) Week 16 vs. Kansas City (-3)
Week 17 vs. Arizona (N/A)
The NFC West got tougher this season. Games against the Vikings and the Packers will be tough home games while a trip to NOLA, Detriot, and Denver won’t be easy.
Key Team Additions and Subtractions
Additions – QB Nick Hundley, WR Jaron Brown, TE Ed Dickson, G D.J. Fluker, LB Barkevious Mingo, CB Dontae Johnson, and K Sebastian Janikowski
Subtractions – RB Thomas Rawls, WR Paul Richardson, TE Jimmy Graham, TE Luke Wilson, T Luke Joeckel,T Oday Aboushi, G Matt Tobin, DT Sheldon Richardson, DE Michael Bennett, CB Richard Sherman, CB Jeremy Lane, and S Kam Chancellor
Draft – RB Rashaad Penny, DE Rasheem Green, TE Will Dissly, LB Shaquem Griffin, CB Tre Flowers, P Michael Diskson, T Jamarco Jones, LB Jake Martin, and QB Alex McGough
Even without an offensive line, Russel Wilson still managed 3983 yards and 34 touchdowns (most in the NFL). The line may not get any better and the lose of Jimmy Graham could hurt some of his production.
First round pick Rasaad Penny is already hurt with a dislocated finger. The Hawks will turn to Chirs Carson as the lead back again. Carson showed potential but was limited to four games.
Doug Baldwin has been one of the best receivers in the game the past few years. Newly extended Tyler Lockett, has the potential to be a big game guy but there has only been flashes so far.
This line was really bad the last two years. Trading last year for Duane Brown should help and signing D. Fluker will help. This unit really does limit Wilson and the Seahawks ceiling.
Losing Michael Bennett looks like on the outside a big blow. However, Dion Jordan and Frank Clark looked really strong in their playing time and there is a reason they let Bennett go. With Jarran Reed, Nazzair Jones and Rasheem Green, this line should have a nice mix of youth and talent.
Bobby Wagner is arguably the best line backer not named Luke Kuechly. K.J. Wright is young and talented and will help bolster this group. Rookie Griffin and Barkevious Mingo will most likely rotate together which should create a strong unit.
Corner was a position of issue but Shaquill Griffin stepped up last season and showed he could be a gamer. Justin Coleman and Byron Maxwell should hodl the two other corner spots. Earl Thomas was Second Team All Pro and may not even be on the team to start the year. If he is he is a amazing saftey and will help Bradley McDougald in the backend of the secondary.
Tyler Locket was Second Team All-Pro in kick returns and will return to that role this season. New signing Janikowski will assume the kicker role and should help Seattle in that area.
The team lost some well known players, but they also took out some tough locker room personalities. The players replacing them are lesser know but still productive. There isn’t going to be a huge fall off on defense from last season. The biggest problem form Seattle is the run game and o-line.
Nine wins is right on par with where they should land. There is upside to this team but they are too middle of the pack to make it a comfortable play either way.
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