Koepka follow through

Seahawks playoff odds (As of Aug. 30)

Yes: 2.25
No: 1.25


The Seattle Seahawks shook off a concerning 0-2 start last season before eventually making the playoffs, and sports bettors in B.C. and Manitoba believe Russell Wilson and company will once again be part of the NFC post-season bracket this winter.

As of Friday, the Seahawks’ odds to make the playoffs were 2.25 at PlayNow.com, compared to odds of 1.56 not to make the playoffs. Perhaps there is a feeling of optimism in the air, but sports bettors have made it clear: They believe Seattle will get back to the playoffs.

Going into the weekend, nine days out from the Seahawks home opener against the Cincinnati Bengals, 100 per cent of money wagered on the ‘Seattle To Make The Playoffs’ NFL Special was on ‘Yes’ at 2.25 odds.

The Seahawks didn’t look like a playoff team early on last season. They suffered losses on the road to the Denver Broncos and Chicago Bears, and looked like a team without any clear direction or philosophy on offence. That changed throughout the course of the year, as Seattle focused their efforts on running the ball, with Chris Carson coming back from injury and posting the fifth best rushing yards total in the entire NFL.

(Yes, we all know what happened in the playoffs against the Dallas Cowboys.)

The Seahawks go into the new campaign following a busy offseason, with a number of key departures on both sides of the ball. Gone are safety Earl Thomas and defensive lineman Frank Clark, and veteran receiver Doug Baldwin. Those are the most notable departures from the Seahawks.

With Clark gone, who will lead the pass rush on defence?

With Baldwin gone, who will be that leader in the receiving corps? That player Russell Wilson could look to when the offence needed someone to come through with a clutch catch?

The Seahawks have been tied to trade rumours involving Houston Texans outside linebacker Jadeveon Clowney, who is two years removed from a career best 9.5 sacks. At 26 years old, Clowney is a player that can cause major disruption for opposing offences, as a feared pass rusher.

On offence, the emergence of Tyler Lockett at receiver is critical for the Seahawks.

Yes, they’re likely to be a run-first offence again this year.

But Lockett took a major step last year, with 965 yards receiving and 10 touchdowns on just 57 catches. He could further cement himself as the true No. 1 target in the Seahawks pass game this season.

Beyond Lockett, there are plenty of questions at receiver: Will D.K. Metcalf, as a rookie, live up to the hype that followed his impressive combine performance? Will David Moore, provided he’s healthy, step up and produce in his second season in Seattle’s offence? Can second-year tight end Will Dissly rebound from injury last season?

Dissly began his rookie campaign with three catches for 105 yards and a touchdown in Week One versus the Broncos last year, but suffered a season-ending knee injury in Week Four.

Despite some question marks in the pass game, bettors like the ‘Over’ when it comes to Russell Wilson’s touchdown total of 30.5 at PlayNow.com. The odds on the ‘Over’ are 2.10, as of Friday.

Wilson only attempted 427 passes last season – his lowest total since 2013 – but completed 65.6 per cent of them, for 3,448 yards and a nice 35 touchdowns compared to seven interceptions. Those 35 touchdown passes were a career high, despite a decline in passing attempts.

While bettors like the Seahawks to make the playoffs, they’re not so much into Seattle going ‘Over’ on total wins of 8.5 at PlayNow.com. As of Friday, 93.5 per cent of money wagered on ‘Seattle Seahawks Total Wins’ for the 2019-20 season was on the ‘Under’ – which comes with odds of 2.10 compared to odds of 1.66 on the ‘Over’.

The Seahawks open the season at home versus visiting Cincinnati – the Bengals are currently 10-point underdogs at PlayNow.com – but then travel to Pittsburgh in Week Two to face the Steelers, before returning home to face the New Orleans Saints in Week Three. Seattle’s opening six weeks provide a number of stiff tests, including a Thursday night contest against the L.A. Rams, reigning NFC champs, and a revamped Cleveland Browns team in Week Six.

The Seahawks currently have the second best odds to win the NFC West, at 3.90 at PlayNow.com as of Friday. The Rams remain the favourites at 1.55 odds, while the San Francisco 49ers have the third best odds at 4.80.

About 76.4 per cent of money wagered on that market is on the 49ers to win the division, followed by 13.2 per cent on the Seahawks and 10.3 per cent on the Rams.

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