Preseason odds for NFL teams are a good way to look back to see expectations for the season and start to understand where things went wrong or right. Below, we will take a look at DraftKings Sportsbook’s preseason odds for win totals, division titles, player props and more while we discuss what led to their triumphs or disappointments.
Super Bowl: +2500
NFC West: -+275
Win Total Over/Under: 8.5
At the start of the season, the Seahawks were ranked middle of the pack in odds to win the Super Bowl. Their over/under for win total was set at 8.5, which they easily surpassed with an impressive 11-win season. They were predicted to come in 2nd in the NFC West, which they were able to achieve. They also made it to the playoffs via the Wild Card and won against the Philadelphia Eagles to advance to the Divisional Round, where they ultimately fell to the Green Bay Packers.
The Seahawks were visited by the injury bug a few times throughout the season, as they lost Will Dissly to a season-ending Achilles injury, and then lost Tyler Lockett for a few weeks due to a lower leg injury. Sadly, they got hit hardest in Weeks 15 and 16 as they lost their entire backfield trio of Rashaad Penny, Chris Carson, and CJ Prosise to season ending injuries. As devastating as this was, Seattle fan-favorite Marshawn Lynch came out of retirement and served as an admirable fill-in for the team down the stretch.
Russell Wilson passing yards: 3,600.5
Russell Wilson passing TDs: 30.5
Chris Carson rushing yards: 1,050.5
Tyler Lockett receiving yards: 950.5
Tyler Lockett receiving TDs: 7.5
Russel Wilson started the season looking like an MVP candidate. His performances came back down to earth as the season went on but he was still able to easily surpass his player props, tallying 4,110 passing yards and 31 passing TDs on the season. He continues to be an elite quarterback every year.
Chris Carson lived up to all of his hype as he took control of the Seattle backfield and amassed 1,230 yards in 15 games before suffering a season ending hip injury in Week 16. Despite some fumbling troubles early in the season, Pete Carroll never wavered in his faith in Carson’s ability to get the job done, and Carson rewarded him with a stellar season.
Tyler Lockett also managed to match his preseason props as he totaled 1,057 yards and 8 TDs on the season, despite missing a few games due to injury. This production also came alongside rookie breakout WR DK Metcalf, proving that there is enough offensive production to go around in Seattle.
The Seahawks were able to surpass their expected win total and make a playoff run, which is a favorable outcome given their preseason projections. The Seahawks will look to move forward with a hopefully healthy and rehabbed backfield, an elite quarterback, and a solid group of wide receivers heading into the 2020 season.
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