Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks have been nothing short of a juggernaut over the last few seasons, where they have three straight postseason appearances, consecutive Super Bowl berths and one championship win during that span. Management has been able to lock up most of the principle players to long-term contracts, and heading into the 2015 season the Seahawks are once again the Super Bowl favorite in the minds of the oddsmakers.
During Seattle's current run, the team has surprisingly been a fantastic ATS bet for NFL gamblers. Typically, high-profile teams like the Seahawks begin to see inflated spreads as they become more popular with the public and in turn fail to cover them. However, Seattle has continued to cover games, mainly because of their strengths on defense, where it holds teams to low scores. Let's take a closer look at a few of Seattle's ATS stats over the last few years in this addition of ATS cheat sheet.
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2014 ATS Record : 10-8-1
2014 ATS Road Record : 5-3
Three-Year ATS Record : 36-19-1, 65 percent cover rate
Three-Year SU Record : 42-14
Three-Year Road ATS Record : 15-11
2014 Average Point Spread : -10 points
Largest 2014 Spread : -13.5 against Oakland
Last Three ATS Losses : against New England (Super Bowl), against Green Bay (Playoffs), against Kansas City (Week 11)
Last Three ATS Wins : against Carolina (playoffs), against St. Louis (Week 17), against Arizona (Week 16)
2015 Week 1 Lines : Seattle -4 @ St. Louis, total: 42.5
2014 Division ATS Record : 5-1
2014 ATS Record against St. Louis : 1-1
Trouble Team : Over the last three seasons Seattle has struggled ATS-wise against St. Louis and currently holds a 2-4 mark. The Rams play a similar style, on defense at least, as the defending NFC champions and tend to cover low-scoring games or win them outright.
2015 Schedule : The Seahawks have two situations where they will probably end up as the underdog this season, and since the team is rarely an underdog, bettors should look closely at taking the points. Seattle visits Green Bay during Week 2 and will probably be the underdog, particularly since the Packers may be still fuming over last year's playoff collapse. The trouble for the cheese heads is that they are currently 0-3 against Seattle (pre- and post-season included) over the last three years.
The second spot where Seattle could be an underdog is at Dallas during Week 8. The Cowboys managed to pull off an upset when the two squads met last season, and they produce a style matchup that could give the Seahawks' defense trouble-that is if Dallas continues to have a running game in 2015.
Conclusion : Seattle is an excellent team and will continue to be one in 2015. And as much as expert bettors love to shy away from public teams, the Seahawks have been an excellent bet over the last three seasons. Media-wise, most of the attention has remained on New England because of "Deflategate" and on Philadelphia because of whatever craziness Chip Kelly is creating. There is a chance Seattle could fall under the radar until playoff time, and bettors might be able to find extra value on a team that covers spreads.
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