The Seattle Seahawks are the 2-time defending NFC champs, but they do come into this year off a very tough hard fought loss to the Patriots in Super 49. Vegas is expecting another big year from this team, as their Win Total has been set at 11 with juice to the Over (-130). Vegas odds has Seattle listed at -300 to win the NFC West, +320 to win the NFC Title and +600 to win the Super Bowl. A season preview of the Seattle Seahawks along with their 2015 Schedule are below.
Last year the Seattle offense ranked 10th in scoring, at 24.6 ppg, while also ranking 9th in total yards (375.8 ypg), 27th in passing (203.1 ypg) and 1st in rushing (172.6 ypg). The Seahawks were the top rushing team in the league last year, but still decided to throw the ball from the 1 yard with the Super Bowl on the line. The Pats intercepted the ball and the game was history. Marshawn Lynch is back and has run for at least 1200 yards and 11 TDs in each of the last 4 seasons. He will again put up big numbers, but he will be running behind a very average OL. The big loss is replacing Max Unger, who was a part of the Jimmy Graham trade with the Sants. JR Sweezy has developed into a nice lineman, but Russel Okung doesn't have the same pro bowl skills that he had before a series of injuries. Russell Wilson is back at QB and has led his team to 36 regular season wins in the last 3 years. He has great instincts and is also very good at extending the play until a WR opens up down field and he also has 15 comeback wins in regular time or OT the last 3 years, which is the most in the NFL. At TE Jimmy Graham comes in and has averaged 11.5 TD receptions the last 4 years. He is awesome in the red zone. Luke Wilson was also big at the TE position and that means we could see a lot of 2 TE sets for the Seahawks this year. Jermaine Kearse made plenty of amazing catches last year, while 2nd round pick Tyler Lockett has all the tools to crack the starting lineup quickly.
Defensively the Seahawks ranked 1st in points allowed (15.9 ppg), 1st in yards allowed (267.1 ypg), 1st vs the pass (187.6 ypg) and 3rd vs the run (81.5 ypg). The defense was excellent last year again, but the mastermind behind this defense (Dan Quinn) is now off to coach the Atlanta Falcons. Losing him is a big blow, but they also have injury concerns in the secondary and have lost some key personnel in the front 7. DE's Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett form two of the best pass rushing duos in the league, while DT Jordan Hill had 5.5 sacks in his last 6 games last year. #1 pick Frank Clark was take to added depth to the DE position, but he does bring some off the field baggage. DRT Bandon Mebane has lost a couple of steps, while at NT they have added Ahtyba Rubin through free agency from the Browns. The LB corps is one of the est in the league with Bobby Wagner, who was a major force down the stretch in a period where the Seahawks went 6-0 and allowed just 6.5 ppg. Bruce Irvin had 6.5 sacks last year and improved as the season went on, while KJ Wright led the team in tackles. The "Legion Of Boom" secondary is led by Richard Sherman, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, who have been widely regarded as the best trio in the league at their positions. Those three are all coming off injuries, so it will be interesting to see if they can keep, especially without Quinn calling the shots.
The Seahawks had a very good shot at winning their 2nd Super Bowl in a row last year, but an odd play call and poor execution on said play gave the title to the Patriots. Now that could mean that this team has a hangover from that tough loss and start the season slow or they will use it as a rallying cry. No matter what this team is still the clear favorite to win their division. Their offense is solid once again and they now could have a bigger passing game to go along with their very strong ground attack. The Addition of Jimmy Graham gives the two very strong receivers at the TE position. They will be very tough to stop in the red zone. The defense has loads of talent and they have plenty of depth, but the question is will new DC Kris Richard work the same magic that Dan Quinn did the last 2 years. He was the architect of this defense, but still I feel they will be a top 5 unit. The Rams and Cardinals will be be solid this year, but they are nowhere good enough to take the division from Seattle this year. I will call for them to land right on their win total of 11.
Info Gathered From Pro Football Weekly & Athlon Sports
2015 Seattle Seahwaks Schedule
Sept. 13 at St. Louis Rams, 1
Sept. 20 at Green Bay Packers, 8:30
Sept. 27 Chicago Bears, 4:25
Oct. 5 Detroit Lions (Mon), 8:30
Oct. 11 at Cincinnati Bengals, 1
Oct. 18 Carolina Panthers, 4:05
Oct. 22 at San Francisco 49ers (Thu), 8:25
Nov. 1 at Dallas Cowboys, 4:25
Nov. 8 BYE
Nov. 15 Arizona Cardinals*, 8:30
Nov. 22 San Francisco 49ers, 4:25
Nov. 29 Pittsburgh Steelers, 4:25
Dec. 6 at Minnesota Vikings, 1
Dec. 13 at Baltimore Ravens*, 8:30
Dec. 20 Cleveland Browns, 4:05
Dec. 27 St. Louis Rams, 4:25
Jan. 3 at Arizona Cardinals, 4:25
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Seattle Seahawks: 2015 NFL Free Picks & Betting Odds
They’ve been to the Super Bowl two years in a row, but can the Seattle Seahawks have a third straight winning year? Pro bettors Steve Fezzik and Teddy Covers do some 2015 NFL forecasting and take a look at the reigning NFC Champions’ latest squad, and they like what they see. Coach Pete Carroll has a history of sustained success dating back to his USC days, all the key players are back from last year, and the team even has a new stud tight end in former New Orleans Saint Jimmy Graham. With all these tools, the guys predict another winning year for the Hawks.