The Seattle Seahawks have been knocking on the "can they win the Super Bowl?" door for two seasons and now that they’ve arrived, they plan on kicking down the door altogether as they get set to square off against Peyton Manning and the high-scoring Denver Broncos.
With the championship title tilt set for Sunday, Feb. 2 at 6:30 PM ET live from Metlife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J., let’s take a fun-filled look at how the Seahawks arrived at Super Bowl XLVIII. I have taken the liberty of dividing Seattle’s 16-game regular season slate into four equal four-game ‘quarters’ to get a bit more of an in-depth look at how this team performed at each stage of the season.
With that said and game day quickly approaching, let’s get started.
First Quarter (4-0 SU, 4-0 ATS) of 2013
- At Carolina 12-7
- San Francisco 29-3
- Jacksonville 45-17
- At Houston 23- 20 in overtime
Analysis: Seattle got off to a perfect 4-0 start through four games by squeaking past what we now know was a talented Carolina team before smashing NFC West division rival San Francisco at home (again). A road blowout of pitiful Jacksonville, even as a huge, 19.5-point favorite, didn’t tell anyone much about either team, though the Seahawks had a big scare put into them by narrowly losing to lowly Houston in Week 4. Still, Seattle managed to post unblemished 4-0 SU and ATS marks in this quarter.
Second Quarter (3-1 SU, 1-3 ATS) of 2013
- At Indianapolis lost 34-28
- Tennessee 20-13
- At Arizona 34-22
- At St. Louis 14-9
Analysis: Seattle lost on the road to a very good Indianapolis Colts team, so I don’t think this loss bothered them very much, unless they were hoping for an unbeaten season. Seattle then looked quite lethargic on beating Tennessee at home before not really overwhelming anyone with consecutive road wins against division rivals, Arizona and St. Louis . While the Seahawks didn’t exactly have the look of a juggernaut at this point, they did manage to post identical 7-1 SU and ATS marks at the season’s midway point.
Third Quarter (4-0 SU, 3-1 ATS) of 2013
- Tampa Bay 27- 24 in overtime
- At Atlanta 33-10
- Minnesota 41-20
- New Orleans 34-7
Analysis: Seattle then got another wake-up call as they had to scrap to get past mediocre Tampa Bay 27- 24 in overtime in Week 9 before getting their act together nicely to record three quality wins over Falcons, Vikings and Saints.
Fourth Quarter (2-2 SU, 3-1 ATS) of 2013
- At San Francisco lost 19-17
- At New York Giants 23-0
- Arizona Cardinals lost 17-10
- St. Louis 27-9
Analysis: The Seahawks closed out their regular season campaign by losing narrowly to San Francisco in a Week 14 thriller, spanking the floundering Giants, losing their only home game of the season against Arizona before handling the uninspired Rams to close out the regular season on a nice 3-1 ATS run.
Playoffs (2-0 SU, 1-1 ATS)
- New Orleans 23-15
- San Francisco 23-17
Analysis: The Seahawks have looked fantastic this postseason in shutting down Drew Brees and the explosive New Orleans Saints despite failing to cash in as a 10-point favorite. Next, the Seattle put the clamps on San Francisco in the fourth quarter of their thrilling NFC Championship game matchup to win and cash in as a slight 4-point favorite.
A good sign for Seahawks Super Bowl betting backers is the fact that Seattle has gone 7-2 ATS over their last nine games, not to mention the fact that they tied San Francisco and Arizona for the league’s best ATS mark (11-5 ATS) while averaging 26.1 points per game and limiting their opponents to a paltry 14.4 points per contest defensively.