NFL Picks: Seattle Seahawks future odds update
After an impressive trip to the playoffs and a great season under a rookie quarterback, the Seahawks have a bright future to look forward to. The Hawks beat the Redskins and the more hyped rookie quarterback in the first round, and almost knocked off the Falcons in the divisional round.
Coming into the 2013 season, the Hawks are +1200 to win Super Bowl XLVIII, which is second only to the Packers, Broncos, Texans, 49ers, and Patriots. That’s pretty impressive to have better future odds than the team that knocked them out of the playoffs (Falcons +1600). Let’s take a deeper look at the Seahawks offseason, and look at the areas they need to improve in, and the places they will likely look.
Seattle and GM John Schneider have positioned themselves pretty well this offseason. They pushed some of their cap room to 2013, and depending on who they let go, could have around $20 million in space to work with this offseason.
The Hawks’ defense was incredible this season. They ranked 6th in passing yards against, and 10th in rushing yards against. Needless to say, their defense is likely not going to get the number one priority heading into March 12, the day free agency starts.
Instead, the Hawks will likely try and sure up some areas of need, starting with the wide receiver position. While this team was and will surely still be a run heavy team, Russell Wilson is going to need some targets, and last season he had none. While Golden Tate is still emerging, Sidney Rice is declining, and the Hawks will need to find a replacement or at least a guy that can spell the veteran. Rice led the team in receptions with 50, and while it was nice to see him play all 16 games for a change, it still didn’t even come close to his output from 2009 with the Vikings.
After receiver, the Hawks will likely try and beef up their offensive and defensive lines. In Todd Mcshay’s Mock Draft, he has them taking DE Sam Montgomery out of LSU. Chris Clemons did tear his ACL, so beefing up their 10th ranked run defense might be in the cards. Starting defensive tackle Alan Branch is an unrestricted free agent, so getting him back with some of that money is likely as well.
They also might want to add another running back to help with their depth behind Marshawn Lynch. Robert Turbin looks like a solid back up, but in an offense like Seattle’s, there is never any such thing as too much depth at tail back.'
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The Seahawks pick 25th in the upcoming April draft, and experts have them taking a wide receiver. A guy like Cordarrelle Patterson out of Tennessee might be the perfect fit. At 6-3 and just over 200 pounds, Patterson is the tall and fast outside threat the Seahawks desperately lacked last season.
All in all, the Hawks are set up to give the 49ers all they can handle out in the NFC West. If they can sure up their concerns along the defensive line and get another playmaker or two on offense, this team is going to be very dangerous heading into the 2013 season. They are young, fast and talented, three things that need to be there if you want to play into 2014.
While I can’t take them as an NFL Pick to win the Super Bowl just yet, getting there is a much greater possibility, so a bet on them to win the NFC at +600 might be the bet you want to take with them this offseason.