Super Bowl bet skepticism remains high on Seattle as they are the first division champion to have a losing record and have plenty of weaknesses with the Super Bowl betting line.
Sports Gambling opened with Seattle as a +10000 choice to win the Super Bowl and as a +5000 choice to win the NFC.
The Seahawks won the NFC West Division with a record of 7-9 straight up and 7-9 against the spread as just 4 of their games went under the total. Seattle is coming off a 41-36 upset home win over the defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints in last week’s Wild Card round of the playoffs.
Seattle offers no real strength with the odds to win 2011 Super Bowl as they ranked 28th in the NFL for overall offense and 27th for total defense. Seattle ranked 23rd for scoring offense and 25th for scoring defense.
The offense is led by veteran quarterback Matt Hasselbeck who finished with a lackluster 73.2 QB rating and a bad 12/17 touchdown to interception ratio. His top target was Mike Williams who had 65 receptions for 751 yards and an 11.6 yards per catch average with 2 TD’s. Ben Obomanu was the top deep threat with 30 catches good for a 16.5 yards per catch average and 4 TD’s.
One key asset with the Super Bowl betting odds could be kickoff returner Leon Washington who had 3 touchdown returns on the season with a 25.8 yards per return average. Kicker Olindo Mare is another special teams weapon with 25-30 on field goals this year.
Chris Clemmons could prove to be a Super Bowl bet asset on defense as he had a team best 11 sacks on the season. Earl Thomas led the Seahawks with 5 interceptions and David Hawthorne was the leading tackler on the team with 76.
Coach Pete Carroll did change the Seattle attitude for the better in his first year on the job from the college ranks at USC and the special teams has proven to be a valuable way to win games for the Seahawks. With their win over New Orleans in the Wild Card round Seattle is not a team to take lightly.