Seattle Seahawks 2015: NFL Odds - Super Bowl Predictions

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2015 Seattle Seahawks Odds & NFL Predictions 2015 Seattle Seahawks Odds & NFL Predictions

The Seattle Seahawks finished one play short of becoming the first NFL team to repeat as Super Bowl champions since the team they lost to in Super Bowl XLIX, the New England Patriots. The Seahawks won the NFC West for the second year in a row and recorded at least 11 regular season wins for the third straight time. They are poised to do it all again. In fact, Vegas Super Bowl predictions have listed the Seahawks as +650 favorites to win the Lombardi trophy next February in San Francisco. As expected, NFL odds also have Seattle to win the NFC Conference at +325 and -250 to win the NFC West. And why not? Head coach Pete Carroll has put together a roster that could very well become the next great dynasty in NFL history. The masterful zone-blitz heavy defense and the power running game behind “The Beast” Marshawn Lynch are what make Seattle one of the best franchises in the league right now.

The defense returns all but one starter from a year ago – CB Byron Maxwell. Cary Williams, a seventh-year pro, will likely replace Maxwell. The Seattle Seahawks also signed Will Blackmon from Jacksonville for depth at the position. The rest of the unit that led the NFL in scoring defense (15.9 points per game) returns. In fact, the Seahawks have led the league in scoring defense for the past three seasons. The last team to do so was Minnesota in the days of the “Purple People Eaters” from 1969 to 1971. The biggest offseason move in Seattle, of course, was the trade that brought the league’s premier tight end to the Seahawks. Seattle traded veteran center Max Unger and a first-round draft pick to New Orleans for the Jimmy Graham. The Pro Bowler gives QB Russell Wilson another weapon who creates severe mismatch problems against defenses around the league and helps to make the Seahawks instant contenders in Super Bowl predictions.

Wilson will return for his fourth season as the Seahawks starter. All he has done is won a profitable 42 games in NFL odds, including a Super Bowl, in three seasons. He’ll have wide receivers Doug Baldwin (66 receptions) and Jermaine Kearse back. Graham will add another dimension to the passing game. The running game is what makes the Seattle offense go. The Seahawks led the league in rushing averaging 172.6 yards per game. Lynch recorded his fourth straight season of over 1,200 yards and does not appear to be slipping. Seattle rewarded Lynch with a three-year, $31 million contract extension in the offseason. Seattle once again has the talent to win the 2015 NFC West title and fulfill Super Bowl predictions as favorites. If they can stay healthy, fans will once again see the blueprint for success in the NFL: play great defense, run the football, and do not settle for mediocrity.

Seahawks Update (9/12/15): Seattle are now +600 favorites in Super Bowl predictions, +325 to win the NFC Conference and -300 to win the NFC West.

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    If it wasn't for an ill-advised throw on the 1-yard line with just twenty seconds left, the Seattle Seahawks could have easily became back-to-back Super Bowl champions last year. Instead, the New England Patriots hoisted the Lombardi trophy for the fourth time since 2001. Although predictions have the Seahawks favored to win the hardware this season, Seattle will need to watch out for conference foes the Green Bay Packers not to mention a potential upset in their own division if the defense cannot fully recover from numerous injuries this off-season. That being said, the Seattle Seahawks are favored in 2015 NFC West odds to win at -275 followed closely by the Arizona Cardinals (+400), St. Louis Rams (+1000) and the San Francisco 49ers (+1200).

    The Legion of Boom secondary is still recovering from last year's grueling effort with Kam Chancellor nursing a knee and groin injury not to mention is still holding out for a better contract. Richard Sherman opted not to undergo Tommy John surgery this off-season for an injured elbow while Earl Thomas did go under the knife to repair a torn labrum (shoulder). On the offensive side of the ball, Russell Wilson will be without a key figure on the line with center Max Unger being traded to the New Orleans Saints for TE Jimmy Graham. Doug Baldwin is penciled in as the Seahawks #1 wide receiver despite hauling in just 825-yards for 3-touchdown this season. And then there is Marshawn Lynch aka Beastmode. The bruising running back pounded his way to 1,306-yards last year but didn't have his number called when it mattered most last season. How will that effect his effort this year? We'll just have to wait and see.

    2015 NFC West odds to win the division have the Arizona Cardinals listed as +400 favorites since going an impressive 11-5 straight up and against the spread albeit without a healthy quarterback. Carson Palmer was undefeated at 6-0 before suffering a torn ACL. The 35-year old will be entering his 13th season and will have a difficult time finding WR's Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald behind a questionable offense line which includes first round pick D.J. Humphries (Florida). The St. Louis Rams are still in a rebuilding phase having traded for QB Nick Foles (Eagles) and signing an injured RB Todd Gurley (Georgia) during the off-season. That being said, the pair could end up providing enough offense to surprise the other NFC West teams and give the Seahawks a run for the title.

    RB Tre Mason will assume the rushing duties until Gurley is healthy while WR's Kenny Britt and Brian Quick will look to better last season's mark of just 6-touchdowns. Rounding out the division is the San Francisco 49ers who will have a new head coach in Jim Tomsula. QB Colin Kaepernick returns after throwing 3,369-yards for 19-touchdowns last season but gone is RB Frank Gore who was replaced in the back-field by Carlos Hyde. On paper, Kaepernick has a decent receiving squad with RB Reggie Bush, WR Anquan Boldin, Torrey Smith (Ravens) and TE Vernon Davis. On defense, coordinator Eric Mangini looks to utilize a 3-4 scheme with LB's Aldon Smith and Aaron Lynch anchoring the unit. Eric Reed will resume his position at safety with Antoine Bethea at free safety.

  • San Francisco 49ers 2015: NFL Odds - Super Bowl Predictions

    The San Francisco 49ers said goodbye to a head coach who led them to three consecutive NFC Championship games after falling to 8-8 in 2014. Jim Harbaugh is now the head coach at his alma mater, the University of Michigan, and San Francisco begins a new era under its longtime defensive line coach Jim Tomsula. San Francisco not only lost Harbaugh, but defensive coordinator Vic Fangio and offensive coordinator Greg Roman. Add in personnel such as LB Chris Borland, LB Patrick Willis, G Mike Iupati, RB Frank Gore, and WR Michael Crabtree and one is left to think about what is left. Super Bowl predictions at Vegas sportsbooks have answered with not much. In fact, NFL odds for the 49ers to win the championship have San Francisco listed at a longshot price of +4000. As for winning the NFC Conference, the 49ers have posted odds of +2200 and +900 to win the NFC West division.

    The San Francisco 49ers do have a very capable QB in Colin Kaepernick who watched as his numbers dropped in 2014. Kaepernick threw for 3,369 yards and 19 touchdowns, but the 49ers offense averaged just 19.1 points per game (25th overall). San Francisco signed Baltimore WR Torrey Smith to make up for the loss of Crabtree and Detroit RB Reggie Bush to offset the loss of Gore. Defensive end Ray McDonald was let go and wound up signing with Chicago. The 49ers drafted 6-7, 292-pound defensive end Arik Armstead from Oregon and signed Darnell Dockett from Arizona as a result. Both Borland and Willis retired, but San Francisco expects Navarro Bowman to return this LB slot after missing 2014 with an injury. Defensive end Justin Smith also retired, another reason why the Niners went after Armstead with their first pick and signed Dockett.

    Despite Super Bowl predictions listing San Francisco as longshots, the 49ers still have OLBs Aldon Smith, Ahmad Brooks, and Aaron Lynch. Brooks and Lynch led the team in sacks last year with six. Smith missed nine game last year due to suspension after leading the team in 2012 with 19.5 sacks. If he can return to his previous form, San Francisco can still be effective on defense. And as we all know, defense wins championships.... right? With Kaepernick having spent the off-season retooling his game, one of the big things the 49ers and new offensive coordinator Geep Chryst need to do is to figure out how to get TE Vernon Davis back into the offense. Davis is a 6-3, 250-pounder blessed with wide receiver speed who managed just 26 receptions for 246 yards and two touchdowns last year. That is a far cry from his Pro Bowl seasons – 2009 and 2013 – when he had 50-plus receptions and 13 touchdowns. In terms of Super Bowl predictions, 49ers fans shouldn't be too excited but if Kaepernick can get the offense rolling early; San Francisco might have an outside chance of claiming the 2015 NFC West title.

    49ers Update (9/12/15): San Francisco are now +5000 favorites in Super Bowl predictions, +2800 to win the NFC Conference and +1600 to win the NFC West.

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