2021 Seattle Seahawks Predictions with Odds to Win Super Bowl
It still stings Seahawks fans to think about what could have been had they just run the ball with Marshawn Lynch in the final seconds of Super Bowl XLIX. Had they found the endzone, they would have won back-to-back titles and the shift in power could have happened a lot sooner. The Seahawks, as a franchise, have been consistent, but they’ve also underachieved to a degree. Sure, they’ve made the playoffs in eight of the last nine years. However, outside of that, they have far too few Super Bowl appearances to show for it despite having one of the best QB’s in the league, Russell Wilson. Can the Seahawks put it all together this season? On paper, they look like a formidable opponent.
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The Seahawks open up their 2021-22 campaign on September 12 with a trip to Indianapolis to take on the Colts. From there, the Seahawks return home for a date with the Tennessee Titans before hitting the road for two games with stops in Minnesota and then a division clash in San Francisco. From there, the Seahawks head home for a date with the Rams, then to Pittsburgh for a Week 6 clash against the Steelers.
As of writing this, the Seahawks are relative longshots to win the Super Bowl as they check in at +2500. They are also +1200 to win the NFC and +280 to win the NFC West.
Let’s take a look at what to expect from each unit heading into this season.
Key Players: Russell Wilson, D.K. Metcalf, Chris Carson
I have been a Russell Wilson fan since he came into the league. His small stature is relatable, and the way he plays the game and reads the game is something I admire. He has been among the best five quarterbacks in the league for the last handful of seasons. And unless the Seahawks do something drastic to improve the defense, I feel that Wilson’s prime years will be wasted with just one Super Bowl title to show for it. Last season, Wilson was in the MVP race for the first half of the year before cooling off. He still managed to throw for 4,212 yards and 40 touchdowns to just 13 interceptions. He also ran for 513 yards and scored twice. As he goes, so do the Seahawks, and it’s about time the Seahawks coaching staff “let Russ cook”. He’s a much better player when he’s able to call his own shots and improvise and create positive plays.
Thankfully for the Seahawks, Wilson still has two very good receivers to throw the ball to in the shape of D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. Metcalf had a very good rookie season in 2019 producing 900 yards and seven touchdowns. He bettered those marks last season, catching 83 balls for 1,303 yards and 10 touchdowns. He’s really turned into a beast to handle one on one vs smaller cornerbacks, and that compliments the speedster Lockett well on the opposite side. As for Lockett, he’s been a beast over the last two seasons, catching more than 100 balls in both years and producing 1,054/1,057 receiving yards and 10/8 touchdowns, respectively. He has been a reliable target for Wilson, and I expect more of the same this season.
What hasn’t been reliable for the Seahawks is the rushing game. They are typically among the worst teams in the league in rushing yards per game. And while Chris Carson usually gets the blame, the Seahawks’ offensive line continues to struggle to create holes and/or protect Wilson in the passing game.
Defense & Special Teams
Key Players: Bobby Wagner, Tre Flowers
Defensively, the Seahawks were one of the more frustrating units to bet on the entire season. They were extremely stout against the run, ranking fifth overall, giving up just 95.6 rushing yards per game. They were also middle of the pack in terms of points allowed per game, giving up 24.4, which isn’t the worst number in the world. Against the pass, that’s where the Seahawks had all of their issues. They gave up 285 passing yards per contest, and that was good enough for second-worst in the league. The Seahawks once-vaunted and impossible defense to throw on needs to figure it out if they are hoping to help the team go on a deep run and not waste another one of Russell Wilson’s prime years. Long gone are the days of the Legion of Boom, but just defend the pass at a mediocre clip and the rest of the rankings and games won will follow.
As for special teams, the Seahawks will once again turn to Jason Myers to handle the kicking duties. Myers has a strong leg and has had no issues with staying consistent throughout his career.
The Seahawks’ offense is supposed to be a unit that can put up points -- and a lot of them. The issue is that the offensive line continues to underperform, and they can’t create holes for the rushing attack or give Wilson extra time to make something happen. Defensively, the team needs to be much better against the pass and lower the points allowed per game. They play in a competitive division, but I do think the Seahawks will find way to get a wild-card spot.
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