Our NFL handicapper believes that the window for the Seattle Seahawks as a championship defense remains open for one more year. That alone is enough to give their season win total line of 10.5 serious consideration in 2017.
This version of Seattle’s dominant defense has another year window before free agency hits their secondary and defensive line with full force. Although most would say the most glaring need for Seattle is help on the offensive line to protect Russell Wilson, when you look at the free-agency picture it is of no surprise that GM John Schneider and head coach Pete Carroll took talented defensive players instead. They will actually be pushing for playing time this season as well, especially defensive tackle and second-round draft pick, Malik McDowell.
Another year of development for the young offensive line of the Seahawks should help things, and some would say that the worst of the group’s growing pains are now behind them. They almost got Wilson killed in the process, and there is no doubt in my mind that his limited production in the middle of the season was due to his multiple lingering injuries. A rejuvenated and healthy Wilson will start the 2017 with some new weapons that should help him out. For one, or two, new free agent running back Eddie Lacy joins a backfield that includes now healthy Thomas Rawls and CJ Prosise. And sometimes it is easy to forget that Jimmy Graham is on the team. Will this be the year that Graham and Wilson finally create the chemistry that Seahawks fans have been waiting for?
The win total for the Seahawks in 2017 is currently posted at 10.5 at Bovada. Although they have a tougher schedule than most because of winning the division in 2016, their schedule this year is actually easier than last. Only one early 10 AM east coast road start is included on the schedule, and only 2 games look like the Seahawks will be listed as underdogs – Week 1 at Green Bay and Week 16 in Dallas. The Seahawks are +3 on NFL odds for the trip to Lambeau Field.
Another 3 prime-time home games also look very good on the schedule. It wasn’t too long ago that the NFL was accused of not scheduling those games because they weren’t competitive for the visitors. A rematch with Atlanta in a revenge spot at home looks to be an interesting game.
A sweep of the NFC West Division isn’t completely out of the question, either. Seattle’s defense is perfectly suited to take advantage of the offensive deficiencies of San Francisco and Los Angeles, and the immobile Carson Palmer of Arizona will be terrorized again by Seattle’s defensive line.
The Seahawks also looked to be poised to address a singular need in free agency as well, that of a backup quarterback. Colin Kaepernick appearse to be the leading candidate for the job, but if the offensive line improves as expected he won’t see a single snap anyway. I’m fully expecting that to be the case, and for one more year at least while the window is open with the Legion of Boom, I’m taking Seattle to win more than the 10.5 games currently available at Bovada.Free NFL Pick: 'Over' 10.5 WinsBest Line Offered: Bovada