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The Seahawks had all the pieces fall into place perfectly last season. Their defense was the best in the league. Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch successfully guided an offense that was actually missing some of its biggest weapons. At home with their 12th man behind them Seattle was practically unbeatable. Throw it all together, and Seattle took home their first Super Bowl.

Seattle Seahawks Odds to Win NFC West: +125 at Bovada
Seattle Seahawks Odds to Win Super Bowl: 7/1 at Bovada
Seattle Seahawks Regular Season Win Total: 5 at Bovada
Seattle Seahawks Betting Props: Russell Wilson to Win NFL MVP 20/1 at Bovada

Now comes the hard part – repeating. Russell Wilson continued to prove the doubters wrong last season as his lack of height didn’t get in the way of him passing for over 3,000 yards with 26 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Wilson should have no trouble repeating those numbers again despite losing a few receivers as Golden Tate is now in Detroit and Sidney Rice’s broken-down body forced him to retire. Wilson will effectively be gaining a new receiver as long as Percy Harvin stays healthy. Last season, his first in Seattle, Harvin was limited to one game due to injuries.

Marshawn Lynch had another big season out of the Seattle backfield, rushing for 1,257 yards and 12 touchdowns. There is some cause for concern after Lynch was accused of assault earlier this month. Lynch and the Seahawks are calling the accusations bogus, and the investigation has turned up nothing so Lynch may be in the clear

On defense no one was better than Seattle last season. The Seahawks allowed only 14.4 points per game and limited opponents to 273.6 yards per game.

When you’re the best that usually means your players are in high demand when they become available and it was no different for Seattle. Gone from last year’s defense are defensive ends Red Bryant and Chris Clemons, defensive tackle Clinton McDonald, and corner Walter Thurmond. Seattle quickly made a few moves to fill the holes with veteran DT Kevin Williams and depth corners A.J. Jefferson and Philip Adams.

More importantly Seattle still boasts a long list of defensive stalwarts and playmakers. The defensive line is still led by Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, while the linebackers pack some punch led by Bobby Wagner and Malcolm Smith. It was the Seattle secondary that really shone last season. You may have heard of Richard Sherman? He led the league with eight interceptions last season and along with safeties Kam Chancellor and Earl Thomas were the top defense versus the pass in the league.

Seattle was also a league best 13-6 ATS last season, putting plenty of money into bettors' pockets. That included a 6-4 ATS record at home, 7-2 on the road, and 11-6 as the favorite.

NFC West Odds at Bovada as of August 5

Seattle Seahawks +125
San Francisco 49ers +150
Arizona Cardinals +700
St. Louis Rams +700

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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