2011 NFL Betting Preview: Seattle Seahawks

Seattle Seahawks (7-9 SU, 7-9 ATS, 1st Place in NFC West)

Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks took advantage of their opportunities last season, but they were certainly fortunate to be in the postseason with a record of 7-9. In fairness, the Seahawks definitely made a big splash when they shocked the NFL world by taking out the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the playoffs. Several offseason changes have most believing that this team will be unable to stay at the top of the NFC West for another year.

Matt Hasselbeck has been in a Seattle uniform since 2001, but the Seahawks weren’t willing to sign him to another long term deal, so he is now a member of the Tennessee Titans. The Seahawks brought in Tarvaris Jackson to battle Charlie Whitehurst for the starting quarterback spot. Most believe that Jackson has the inside track to the job. Jackson struggled quite a bit in his time as the starter in Minnesota, and the Seahawks definitely don’t have a dominating back like Adrian Peterson in the backfield to help him out. The quarterback position could be a big problem for Seattle this season.

The Seahawks have some solid depth in the backfield with Marshawn Lynch, Justin Forsett, and Leon Washington. None of those guys are going to dominate a game, but they are all capable runners. Tom Cable was hired in the offseason to help the running game and the offensive line moving forward. In the end, I expect that hire to be a good one, but it might take a year or two for the full effects to be seen.

The good news for Seattle offensively is that whoever it is that starts at the quarterback position will definitely have some solid pass catchers. Zach Miller is one of the best tight ends in the NFL, and Sidney Rice is a big upgrade on the outside for the Seahawks.

The Seahawks are strong on the defensive front. Seattle is full of big bodies that can clog up the running lanes. Seattle has a great looking youngster in safety Earl Thomas, but the rest of the secondary is shaky at best. The fact that the Seahawks often struggle to generate much of a pass rush just makes matters even worse. Overall, this looks like a mediocre defense.

Seattle Seahawks 2011-2012 NFL Prediction: 5-11 (4th Place in NFC West)

I think the Seahawks will go from the top of this division to the bottom. I don’t think Jackson is the answer at the quarterback spot, and this isn’t a defense that can carry a team to victory all that often. Still, the Seahawks will win some games because of a huge home field advantage at Qwest Field. Seattle will have a tougher schedule this year because they won the division last season. I expect the problems at quarterback and the weakness in the secondary to hold this team back in the year ahead.

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