Seattle suffered a humbling loss at home last week to St. Louis but the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl are worlds better than what their 2-4 start to the season suggested.
Pete Carroll’s team faces the possibility of finishing the regular season with two straight losses visiting NFC West champion Arizona on Sunday. The Cardinals are favored by 6.5 points at the SportsBetting.ag Sportsbook, but they may rest most of their starters especially if the game is out of hand in the second half.
Even with a loss to Arizona, Seattle would finish 9-7, which means Russell Wilson and Co. would finish a respectable 7-3 in their last 10 regular season games. The Seahawks most likely will be the No. 6 seed that will face the NFC North champion, Green Bay or Minnesota, in the first round of the playoffs next week.
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Seattle has the third best odds (+400) to win the NFC title behind Arizona (+160) and Carolina (+175) at the sportsbook.
The biggest key to the Seahawks’ turnaround is that Wilson is operating from the pocket efficiently. In a four-game stretch recently, he completed 81 of 99 pass attempts for 1,094 yards with 15 touchdowns and no interceptions when he stays in the pocket. In his fourth season, at the age of 27, is at his best. he’s reopened the conversation on what his ceiling is as an NFL player. Given that Wilson is still making plays with his legs, defenses are having all kinds of problems coming up with ways to attack him.
The improvement for Seattle is directly related to the development of its offensive line, which was much maligned earlier in the season. Since Week 8, Wilson has been sacked on 3.4 percent of his dropbacks, the fourth-best mark among quarterbacks. In the first seven weeks, that number was 11.7 percent (32nd). Wilson has done a better job of setting the protections and getting the Seahawks in the right look before the snap. The Seahawks have cut down on the negative plays that were killing the rhythm on offense earlier in the season.
Plenty of talk has occurred this season about how the Seahawks’ defense doesn’t look the same as it has in previous seasons. But since Kam Chancellor returned in Week 3, the Seahawks are allowing 15.82 points per game. No defense in the NFL has allowed fewer points during that span. Richard Sherman has played at a high level. There will be question marks about whether they can handle high-powered passing attacks, but the defense is in good shape going down the stretch.