2021 Seattle Seahawks Betting Preview
The Seattle Seahawks have the unfortunate fate that is playing in the lion’s den known as the NFC West. Every team in that division is talented enough to make the playoffs and the Seahawks might still be the best team. The Rams, 49ers, and Cardinals all got better this offseason through their aggressive moves, and it was all to try and challenge the champion Seahawks.
Russell Wilson is still the best quarterback in the division even though excellent players like Matt Stafford, Kyler Murray, and Jimmy Garoppolo are all top-tier quarterbacks. Wilson might have a leg up on those other guys as he gets the luxury of throwing to the best receiving duo in the division in D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett.
Now the Seahawks don’t have the rushing attack or defense that teams like the Rams or 49ers have, and they will probably have to outscore teams in order to win this season. Seattle has one of the best offenses in the league and so long as the offensive line gives Russell Wilson enough time to chuck the ball downfield, they will be fine and should reclaim their title as NFC West champions.
But the margin for error is razor-thin this season and any bump in Seattle’s road could be the end of their playoff chances.
2020 Seattle Seahawks Team Stats
- Points For: 474
- Points Against: 381
- Passing Yards Per Game: 246.3
- Rushing Yards Per Game: 123.2
- Passing Yards Allowed Per Game: 285
- Rushing Yards Allowed Per Game: 95.6
Key Offseason Transactions
The Seahawks are kind of hamstrung by the massive contracts they gave out to star players, so they couldn’t make as many moves as they wanted to this offseason.
Their offensive line was putrid last year, so they made an upgrade and signed guard Gabe Jackson to finally give some protection for Russell Wilson and keep him from running for his life again this season. But they lost a good tackle in Mike Iupati to one of their rivals in the Arizona Cardinals, which is a huge blow to the team.
Getting outside of their offensive line, the Seahawks didn’t need many more weapons. They did draft an excellent slot receiver in Dwayne Eskridge, who should add another dimension to their incredible passing attack.
Their defense came alive at the end of last season, but it might be weaker this year as they lost a great cornerback in Shaquil Griffin to the Jaguars and his twin brother, LB Shaquem Griffin, to the Dolphins.
2020 Seattle Seahawks Betting Stats
- Record: 12-5
- MOV: +4.6
- ATS: 8-8
- ATS +/-: 0.0
- Over/Under: 8-8
- Total +/-: +2
2021 Seattle Seahawks Betting Outlook
The Seahawks are a weird team that is fairly predictable in terms of their betting splits.
That’s because the offensive and defense are on different pages in the first and second halves of the season.
For the past 3 or 4 years, the offense looks awesome in the first 8 games of the season while the defense couldn’t stop a nose bleed. Then for the second half of the season, the defense comes alive and the offense cools off.
So for the Seahawks betting in 2021, I expect these trends to continue. I think the offense will look red hot for the first couple of games and the defense to look suspect. So for this half, bet on the over in Seahawks games.
Then for the second half, the offense will slow down and the defense will look great. So for this half, bet on Seahawks unders.
Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl Odds
The oddsmakers are not as high on the Seahawks as I am this season. At +3000, the Seahawks have worse odds to win the Super Bowl than the Chiefs, Buccaneers, Rams, Bills, Ravens, 49ers, Browns, and Saints.
This is because the NFC West and NFC, in general, are both very difficult this season. Playing in the NFC West this season is like playing a playoff game every week, so the Seahawks might run out of steam when the playoffs come around.
Then there is the matter that the Seahawks have to compete with top-tier teams like the Rams, Buccaneers, Saints, and 49ers to even reach the NFC championship game. The Seahawks are not on talented on defense or running the ball as some of these other good NFC teams, so my choice will be for them to fall a little short of winning the Super Bowl.
Seattle Seahawks Playoff Odds
The NFC West might be difficult, but it will be a tough task keeping the Seahawks out of the playoffs in 2021. Yes, the 49ers, Cardinals, Rams, and Seahawks will all beat out on each other, which means that these teams will suffer some tough losses for their playoff chances. But all of these teams also have more talent than everyone except 5 other teams in the NFL, which means that they should win a majority of their non-division games.
The only other contenders for the three wildcard spots that are not in the NFC West are the Vikings and Saints. Other than that, the Seahawks are better than the entire NFC East, and the other two teams out of both the NFC South and NFC North. So long as the Seahawks can tread water in their brutal division, they should muster up enough wins to get into the playoffs this season.
Seattle Seahawks Win Total Odds
The bar is set super high for the Seahawks in 2021 at 10 wins, and finding 10 wins in their schedule isn’t easy. Even in an extended 17 game schedule, 10 wins is hard for any team.
With Seattle, we first have to start with their divisional games where they will most likely split the 6 games against their division foes. The Rams, Cardinals, and 49ers are all talented and complete teams, so it’s no shame when the Seahawks win 3 or 4 of those games.
Their schedule doesn’t get any easier as they have to play the Colts, Titans, Vikings, Steelers, Saints, Jaguars, Packers, Football Team, Texans, Bears, and Lions.
This schedule is very top-heavy with many difficult games stacked at the beginning of their season. Don’t freak out if the Seahawks get off to a slow start because they have some easier games in the middle and back half parts of their season.
I predict that the Seahawks will get off to a shaky start at the beginning of the season with them eventually getting to over 10 wins.
Seattle Seahawks Player Futures Odds
Russell Wilson might not have won the MVP in any of his 9 seasons in Seattle, but he has a chance that in 2021. The running joke in the NFL has been that Russell Wilson is this generation’s Drew Brees. Both are considered one of the best quarterbacks in the league, but for some reason, no one wants to give them an MVP vote. Wilson has a chance to prove haters wrong and ball out this season as he has great receivers and a new offensive coordinator to work with. Old OC Brian Schottenheimer was focused on running the ball and wouldn’t allow for Russ to cook. Shane Waldron steps into this new role and if he is smart, he should let Wilson throw deep to Metcalf, Lockett, or Eskridge as much as possible. With that being said, Wilson will probably not get the stats that other guys like Mahomes, Brady, Allen, Rodgers, or Stafford will get and probably not win the MVP in his 10th season as a pro.
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