NFL Betting: Seattle to Win Super Bowl 50
If you mentally rewind to the NFL betting days of Super Bowl XLIX, then you should remember that the Seattle Seahawks were driving down the field, with Marshawn Lynch simply overwhelming the New England Patriots’ defense almost singlehandedly. The Seahawks were a couple of yards away from scoring the winning touchdown, and it seemed like a matter of course that Russell Wilson would hand the ball off to Lynch again, and he would rumble through and score a touchdown.
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Then, of course, Seattle offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and head coach Pete Carroll decided to get cute and throw a quick slant. Malcolm Butler, a defensive back for the Patriots, read the play and jumped the route, grabbing the most unlikely of interceptions and sealing the win for the Patriots. All of a sudden, the Seahawks were not the repeat Super Bowl champions. Instead, they were the ones who choked a title away.
When the 2015 season began, Seattle looked like they were still mad at themselves about blowing that game. They opened 2-4. Russell Wilson and Marshawn Lynch weren’t playing all that well. Lynch went down to injury, and things looked bleak. Then, of course, they flipped a switch. The Seahawks finished 8-2 for a season record of 10-6 and grabbed a wild card spot. Plenty of wild card teams have won Super Bowls, such as the Giants and the Steelers.
So why should you give the Seahawks your attention as you pick a winner? One reason is the playmakers they have. Marshawn Lynch will be back on the field, finally over his injury, so he will actually have some rest. Doug Baldwin caught 12 touchdown passes in the last six games of the season. Tyler Lockett is another speedy option for Wilson when he’s throwing down the field.
In addition to Lynch, other players are coming back. The offensive line will have two of their stalwarts back for the playoffs, with J.R. Sweezy and Russell Okung returning from injury. These are the two best linemen on the team. Defensive back Kam Chancellor, who sat out a couple of games and then went down to injury, will be back for the playoffs — and he’s a key element in a defense known as the “Legion of Boom.”
Even with all these injuries, the Seahawks gave up the second fewest offensive yards in the NFL — in terms of total yards, yards per pay and passing yards. They only permitted 14 passing touchdowns in the regular season, tops in the NFL. They also were #1 in fewest rushing yards permitted — and in points permitted, at 17.3 points per game. Their front line has Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril, and their linebacking corps features Bobby Wagner and Bruce Irvin. Alongside Chancellor, Richard Sherman is still patrolling the secondary. There’s no surprise that the Seahawks had a +6 turnover ratio, good for sixth in the NFL.
NFL Betting Odds Prediction
This is a team that won Super Bowl XLVIII and should have won XLIX. So they have both the experience and the hunger to bull-rush their way to claiming the Lombardi Trophy for Super Bowl 50.