Last season, the Seattle Seahawks were a couple breaks away from finishing 12-4 and first place in the NFC West. They still managed an 11-5 campaign, though, and did so while overcoming a litany of injuries – most notably at running back.
Despite that impressive season, the Seahawks' 2019-20 win total has been set at just 9.5, according to FanDuel Sportsbook. With perennial MVP candidate Russel Wilson at the helm, that total might be a little too low.
In fact, bettors can receive a higher payout by wagering on the over (+105) rather than the under (-125). That suggests that oddsmakers believe the 9.5-win line could even be a little too high.
Even with the team playing in what projects to be a competitive division, Seattle has what it takes to beat that total. Offensively, this team is going to be extremely dangerous. The Seahawks were top six in pass and rush offense by Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics.
Both units could be even better next season, with some development from DK Metcalf and healthier campaigns from Chris Carson and Rashad Penny. The addition of B.J. Finney, who received a 72.0 grade as a pass blocker from Pro Football Focus, should help matters as well.
Defensively, the Seahawks have more room to grow. Re-signing Jadeveon Clowney would be a huge boon for the defense, and a healthy 16-game season from him would go a long way as well. But if they can't re-sign him, there are plenty of solid replacements for him as well.
With a little improvement on the defensive end, Seattle's offense could easily be good enough for this team to post another double-digit win season. And if the defense can make some real strides, the sky is the limit for Wilson and the Seahawks.
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