Hot Off The NFL Odds Press: Season Win Totals are in and they tip the Seattle Seahawks to hit the double-digits. Will the Hawks live up to these pre-season expectations?
Seattle Seahawks Top Favourites
Although the NFL season is a good four months away from kicking off, early NFL futures are already up across various sports betting platforms, from Super Bowl winning odds, Conference winning odds, Division winning odds to Season Win Totals odds... and much, much more. NFL bettors have plenty to sink their teeth into.
Seattle Seahawks are poised to enter the 2015-2016 NFL season as the team to beat in outright win markets. They are matched as the +450 favourites to win Super Bowl 50, a good distance ahead of second favourites Green Bay Packers and reigning champions New England Patriots (See Table 1 for a comprehensive Super Bowl 50 Odds serving).
This favouritism extends to winning the NFC Championship, where they are priced as the top faves at +275. As well, winning the NFC West at firm -275 NFL odds (Table 2) with projected season totals tipped at 11 for the season ( Table 3).
Given how convincing their account was last season and, by contrast, how the rest of the NFC West struggled to make an impact, it's no surprise that the Seahawks return as the top faves.
In principle and reality, they are the team to beat in NFL betting markets.
|Green Bay Packers||+650|
|New England Patriots||+800|
|Kansas City Chiefs||+2800|
|New York Giants||+3000|
|San Diego Chargers||+3300|
|New Orleans Saints||+4000|
|St. Louis Rams||+4000|
|San Francisco 49ers||+4000|
|New York Jets||+6600|
2014-2015 In Review
The Seattle Seahawks finished the season behind a 12-4-0 mark and winning the NFC West Division title. The run of form included a 7-1 home record, 5-3 away record and a 5-1 record against divisional rivals. They also enjoyed a 10-2 record against Conference opposition.
Last year, the Seahawks entered the season as the defending champions and the slight favourites to win outright Super Bowl 49. Tale told, in the postseason they very nearly pulled off the repeat only for a dramatic loss to the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl game.
Conference Division Odds:
|Green Bay Packers||-275|
|New Orleans Saints||+200|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||+650|
|St. Louis Rams||+700|
|San Francisco 49ers||+750|
Seahawks Projected Season Win Totals
For the upcoming season, the Seahawks' projected win total is set to 11 games. A half-point higher than last season's 10.5-mark, which they crossed behind the 12-4-0 record on the season and helped Over bettors on their NFL picks to cash.
Table 3 below highlights the projected win totals for all the teams in the National Football Conference.
National Football Conference Projected Season Win Totals (Odds Courtesy of WestGate LV Sportsbook)
|Green Bay Packers||11|
|New Orleans Saints||9|
|Tampa Bay Buccaneers||6|
|St. Louis Rams||8|
|San Francisco 49ers||7.5|
Not even a football stitch has caressed the luscious fields in stadiums around the country, with the entire league on a much deserved vacation. Camps, training, NFL preseason are all still before us. What's more, we don't know much about the teams and how they're going to take shape over the summer. We have an idea about some of the core players, but not enough about the rest of the bench, be they veterans or rookies from the NFL draft. Then, there's always the dreaded pre-season injury bug that could hit just about any player out of nowhere and which could have a significant impact on the team's overall NFL betting outlook for the season.
What we do have is last season as a bench mark. As well, the run of form of each and every team over the last five years, which we've put together in a handy table (Table 4) for your consideration.
AVERAGE WIN TOTALS
As the above table shows, the Seahawks have averaged 10 wins over the last five years. The NFL Odds 11 win total set for this season is, therefore, higher than their five-year average. However, it's worth noting that it's in tune to their form of the last three years since Russell Wilson's advent. In the last three years, they've averaged 12 wins a season, with their highest win total coming the year they won Super Bowl 48.
Obviously, the Seahawks are one of the stronger teams in the NFL. But they've also got what appears to be one of the toughest schedules of the entire 32-team field this season with an opponent win percentage of 0.559 (fourth hardest overall) that includes some of the toughest challenges in the early weeks.
Let's not forget, the NFC West is also one of the toughest divisions in the NFL. With six games on the line there the Seahawks will have their work cut out for them to coming through as the top NFL pick in the NFC West and, even, on the 11-win total projection.