2016 Seattle Seahawks Season Win Total Prediction
Most teams would be pretty happy with a 10-6 record and a playoff victory in any given season. Most teams aren’t the Seattle Seahawks as they failed in their bid to threepeat as NFC champions in 2015. But the Hawks will be a top contender again this season and they have a wins total of 10.5 in NFL online betting.
Here’s a Closer Look at the 2016 Seattle Seahawks Season Win Total Prediction
Total Win/Loss Odds Overview
Based on last year’s records, the Seahawks have the fifth toughest schedule. But they face just one returning playoff team in the first nine weeks of the season and have a chance to get off to a hot start. Russell Wilson played the best football of his career during the second half of 2015, and the Seahawks’ defense led the NFL in fewest points allowed for the fourth consecutive year. Seattle’s focus during training camp will be on two players who finished last season on the sideline: running back Thomas Rawls and tight end Jimmy Graham.
Why Betting On The Over?
Wilson is a top NFL MVP candidate coming off his best season. He was accurate and aggressive, and over the final two months of the season the Seahawks owned one of the NFL’s most dynamic passing games. Wilson threw for multiple touchdowns in each of his team’s final seven regular-season contests (during which the Seahawks went 6-1), including two five-touchdown games. Twenty-four of his career-high 34 TDs came over those final seven weeks.
The team also has a rising superstar in receiver Doug Baldwin. He joined the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent in 2011. The first four years of Baldwin’s career saw him catch 196 passes for 2,757 yards and 15 touchdowns. Tha’s an average line of approximately 49-551- 4. Through the first eight games of 2015, he recorded 31 catches for 345 yards and two scores, a 62-690- 4 pace. But then Baldwin took off like almost no other receiver has ever taken off before. Over the final eight games of Seattle’s season, Baldwin hauled in 47 catches for 724 yards and an unbelievable 12 touchdowns. That’s a full-season pace of 94-1,248- 24, numbers which have never been replicated in a full season.
Seattle again will have one of the NFL’s best defenses. It has two future Hall of Fame defenders in the prime of their respective careers in cornerback Richard Sherman and safety Earl Thomas. Sherman was overshadowed by Carolina’s Josh Norman last season, but there’s a reason Seattle posted the NFL’s best DVOA against No. 1 wideouts last year while simultaneously holding them to a league-low 46.8 yards per game. Sherman can shut them down on his side, allowing the Seahawks to devote extra attention to taking away the receivers on the opposite side of the field. Thomas forces receivers to think twice about going over the middle. And Bobby Wagner is one of the five best middle linebackers in football.
Why Betting On The Under?
Will the loss of running back Marshawn Lynch be a big factor? Seattle still hasn’t fixed the offensive line, and without decent left tackle Russell Okung, the job for last year’s rookie find from Central Michigan, Rawls, will be more difficult. For the second straight summer, there’s no more important position coach in football than Seahawks offensive line coach Tom Cable, who has to get average talent up to speed in a hurry. A line that has created major problems for the Seahawks in years past — with the playoff loss to Carolina as the most recent and obvious example — got worse. The Seahawks lost both Okung and J.R.
Sweezy in free agency and replaced them with … J’Marcus Webb and Bradley Sowell. Not an upgrade The Seahawks are counting on Rawls to carry the load in 2016, but he is recovering from a fractured ankle injury that included ligament damage and ended his rookie season in December. Rawls said he expects to be ready for training camp, but the team has said it has no intentions of rushing him back. The goal is for Rawls to be ready to go in Week 1, and every indication from Pete Carroll suggests that the running back will be on the field for the opener. If Wilson gets hurt, this team is in trouble. The Seahawks have only undrafted rookie Trevone Boykin and inexperienced Jake Heaps behind him.
My Betting Prediction
The Seahawks’ 10.5-game win total is tied with Green Bay, Carolina, New England and Pittsburgh for highest in the NFL. It’s also a win total Carroll’s club has eclipsed in three of the last four years and barely missed last season. Go over that total in NFL betting.