If you need reasons to bet on the Seattle Seahawks as tight, +2.5 underdogs at Super Bowl XLVIII then I have five tips just for you. Nearly all the money is coming in on Denver because this feels like Peyton Manning’s season, but if you want to go against the grain on February 2nd, then there’s plenty of justification for it. Don’t sleep on these Seahawks.
1. Their Top-Ranked Defense
If defense wins championships, then you already have a reason to bet on the Seattle Seahawks. Their production through the season has been insane. In 18 games, just two quarterbacks (Schaub and Brees) have thrown for more than 250+ yards on them. Nobody has thrown more than 2 touchdowns against them either. They may not have the marquee players that San Francisco does, but they come up with massive stops when necessary. Being tested against Peyton Manning will either prove that they’re overhyped or well properly rated, and considering how consistent they’ve been throughout the season, it’s silly to believe that they’ll just step aside in the biggest game of this club’s history.
2. Engage Beast Mode
In two games, Marshawn Lynch has scored three touchdowns and run for a hard fought 249 yards. And those three touchdown runs have been scintillating. Lynch scored on a 15 yard crash ball against the Saints, and then went Beast Mode on them again in the fourth quarter with a 31-yard, game sealing score. Against the Niners, on 4th-and-7, Lynch tore down the sidelines for a 40-yard touchdown that nearly brought the house down. Did I mention he hasn’t fumbled in his last six games and it’s been well over three months since he lost a fumble? This guy’s a monster and is also my favorite pick to win the Super Bowl MVP outside of the obvious candidate – Peyton Manning.
3. Mr. Consistency
This might rustle a few feathers, but Russell Wilson is a game manager. He rarely takes stupid risks, avoids plays that have downside and never puts his team in danger. I’m not saying that being a game manager is a bad thing, because we’ve seen guys like Trent Dilfer and Brad Johnson win relatively recent Super Bowls and I’m not dumb enough to put Wilson in to that kind of category. He’s an incredible play maker, but more than anything he makes smart decisions. Winning the Super Bowl relies on quarterbacks eliminating mistakes from their regimen, and Wilson does an incredible job of doing that. Plus he can make all sorts of killer plays that can tilt the game in the Seahawks’ favor.
4. The Road Well Traveled
One of the biggest reasons to bet on the Seattle Seahawks in general is their emphatic home record, but they’re no slouches on the road either. At 6-2 SU and ATS on the road this year, the Seahawks lost to Indianapolis and San Francisco but clobbered everyone else. Their point differential on the road is +7.9 points per game. And if the weather turns ugly in Jersey like some expect, teams that can run the ball well and play rigid defense usually win out.
5. Their Path To Playoff Glory
The teams that the Seahawks beat throughout the playoffs have been two of the best in the league. The Saints boasted a top-5 defense, ranking 4th in points allowed (19.0) and 2nd in opponent passing yards (194.1 per game). On top of that, they were ranked 2nd in passing yards (307.4) and 10th in points scored (25.9 per game).
Beyond that, Seattle just survived the team that I’ve always said is the best in the league. No team is more complete than the San Francisco 49ers, and they just embarrassed them with three turnovers in the fourth quarter including the game winning pick at the end of the game. To win the Super Bowl, they’ll need to get past one of the greatest quarterbacks ever and the top ranked offense in the NFL.
So far, the Seahawks have faced two of the best teams around and one, so if you’re going to bet on the Seattle Seahawks because of their ability to outlast elite competition, you’re on the right track.