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Seattle Seahawks Betting Odds Preview

Compiling an 11-5 SU and ATS record, the Seattle Seahawks were one of the best and most well-rounded teams in the league in 2012. The team looks even better on paper this year after a strong showing in free agency, making the Seahawks one of the favorites to go all the way.

Odds to Win NFC West: +140 at Bovada
Regular Season Win Total: 10.5 at Bovada
Betting Props: Russell Wilson to win NFL MVP (18/1) at Bovada

Seattle’s 11-5 SU and ATS record was the team’s best since going 13-3 SU back in 2005. The Seahawks finished the regular season strong, going 5-0 SU and 4-1 ATS over their last five games while averaging 38.6 points per game and allowing just 12.5 points per game. Seattle has been one of the league’s best home teams for years, and 2012’s 8-0 SU and 7-1 ATS record was no exception.

Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson was extremely effective, passing for 3,118 yards and 26 touchdowns while throwing just 10 interceptions. He also rushed for 489 yards and four touchdowns. Of course, RB Marshawn Lynch was the workhorse of the offense, rushing for 1,590 yards and 11 touchdowns. WR Percy Harvin was brought in to help spark the passing game, but a hip injury will keep him out until late in the season. Still, the offense finished ninth in the league in scoring without him last season, and should be effective until he returns.

No defense allowed fewer points than Seattle’s last season, which held opposing offenses just 15.3 points per game while finishing in the top 10 in both passing and rushing defense. Seattle’s defense could be even better in 2013 with the additions of defensive ends Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett. Avril and Bennett will put more pressure on the quarterback, likely leading to more mistakes of which this excellent secondary will be able to take advantage.

Even with injuries, Seattle will likely be competing with the San Francisco 49ers for not only the top spot in the NFC West, but potentially for the top seed in the NFC overall.

NFC West Odds at Bovada as of August 3

San Francisco 49ers -125
Seattle Seahawks +140
St. Louis Rams +650
Arizona Cardinals +2000