by ASA, Inc.
NFC WEST TOTAL WINS BEST BET – Over 9.5 Seattle Seahawks
No matter what the circumstances entering the season, Seattle always seems to get to at least 10 wins. In fact, since Russell Wilson took over at QB in 2012, the Seahawks have failed to win 10 games just ONCE and that was a 9-7 season in 2017. They have averaged 10.9 wins per season during Wilson’s 9-year run as starting QB. Seattle won the tough NFC West last year with a 12-4 record and it was no fluke as they led the division in point differential at +88. The offense will be very good again with Wilson and his playmakers on the outside (Metcalfe & Lockett) who are among the best in the NFC. They have the ability to outscore teams when the defense comes up short which it did a lot early last season. The Seahawks scored 30 or more points in 6 of their first 8 games when the defense was playing poorly. Despite the defense, they were 6-2 in those games. The defense improved by leaps and bounds in the 2nd half of the season allowing just 15.8 PPG after giving up an average of 30.3 PPG over their first 8 games. If the defense can pick up where they left off, this team will be very good. We have them currently favored in 10 games this season and their underdog roles will all be small numbers (most +3 or less). All of their road games are winnable and the Hawks face 3 of the worst teams in the NFL in non-division play (Jags, Lions, and Texans). As we mentioned, Seattle and double digit wins have been the norm for almost a decade. Now with an extra game added in the regular season, we see no reason this team doesn’t get to at last 10 wins again in 2021.