The Seahawks have five primetime games scheduled in 2018, but will they deliver? Changes are abound in Seattle. Check out its updated schedule here, as well as a handful of games to target against the spread.
The Seahawks are in the midst of a mini-rebuild with five defensive starters, each having played in the Pro Bowl, missing from the roster for the 2018 NFL season. On the plus side, they still have quarterback Russell Wilson, most of the pieces to establish a signature power running game, and are winners of nine regular-season contests or more in each of the last six years.
Below you will find the Seahawks’ straight-up and against-the-spread records from last year’s NFL regular season, including average margin of victory, 2017 average odds (on 5Dimes), 2017 win totals and 2018 pre-scheduled figures, and projected strength of schedule using opponents’ combined record from 2017.
2017 SU Record: 9-7 (2.1 avg. margin)
2017 ATS Record: 6-9-1 (-1.1 avg. margin)
2017 Average Line: -3.2
2017 Win Total: 10.5 (-130)
2018 Win Total (pre-schedule): 9 (-115)
2018 Strength of Schedule: T-5, opponents were 134-122 (.523 percent)
Three Games to Back ATS
@Bears, Week 2 & @Panthers, Week 12
Quarterback Russell Wilson is at his best in the betting market when squaring off against the league’s toughest defenses. Under center, the Seahawks are 27-10 SU and ATS versus units allowing 21.5 points or fewer the previous season. Seattle has seven games that fall under this scenario in 2018, including the Bears (20.0), Panthers (21.1), Chiefs (21.1), Vikings (17.4), Chargers (17.0) and Rams (20.9) twice.
Chiefs, Week 16
This matchup has playoff implications written all over it. Place that pressure on top of the fact an out-of-conference opponent has to travel to CenturyLink Field late in the season and overcome the fiercest home-field advantage in the NFL. No thanks. The Seahawks are 14-2 SU and 10-6 ATS hosting AFC opponents under Carroll. The line will be tight enough to play the points on Seattle regardless of what side of the fence it settles.Three Games to Fade ATS
@Broncos, Week 1 & @Raiders, Week 14
Carroll is 4-11 SU and 4-9-2 ATS on the road against AFC opponents, losing by 4.1 points per game. The Seahawks kick off 0.9-point underdogs. The usually rock-solid defense is surrendering 24.2 points per contest. The “over” has hit in all but four.
@49ers, Week 15
The Seahawks are one of three teams (Raiders, Chargers) scheduled to travel roughly 30k miles in 2018, nearly three times as much as the Falcons, Jets, Panthers, and Bengals. Seattle’s final road game to San Francisco is the shortest trip of all, but this team will be beat down and tired by then. The Seahawks are 4-0 SU and 3-1 ATS since the 49ers moved to Santa Clara in 2014, but bettors need to be attuned to reversion to the mean here. Fade.
Trap Game Potential
@Cardinals, Week 4
The Cardinals upset the Seahawks 26-24 as 8-point underdogs in the regular-season finale in 2017. Seattle is just 6-9 SU and 5-9-1 ATS next time out on the road after surrendering 20 points or more to their opponent at CenturyLink Field in the prior matchup under Carroll.