2022 NFL preview: Seattle Seahawks futures, Super Bowl odds, predictions and best bets

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The Seattle Seahawks had a losing record for the first time in 10 seasons in 2021, but it looks as though they may have to take a further step back before they can start going forward again. After finishing either first or second in the NFC West for 9 straight years, winning the division 4 times, they dropped to 4th place last year with a 7-10 record — and that was when they had Russell Wilson at quarterback.

The Seahawks suffered one of the biggest offseason losses of any team in the league when their Pro Bowl quarterback was traded to the Broncos in March for a haul of players and draft picks, and another down year seems likely until they can use some of that draft capital to acquire what they hope will be their next great QB next April. Heading into the season with a choice of Geno Smith or Drew Lock certainly appears to place the Seahawks at the back of the pack for QB talent, and Seattle’s famous 12th-man fans may have to sit through a testing year until the good times can roll again.

Seattle Seahawks breakdown

2021 record: 7-10

2021 ATS record: 9-8

2021 O/U record: 6-10-1

Key players in: Drew Lock (QB), Noah Fant (TE), Shelby Harris (DT), Marquise Goodwin (WR), Quandre Diggs (S), Uchenna Nwosu (LB), Artie Burns (CB).

Key players out: Russell Wilson (QB), Alex Collins (RB), Adrian Peterson (RB), Gerald Everett (TE), Bobby Wagner (LB), Chris Carson (RB), Carlos Dunlap (DE), Robert Nkemdiche (DT).

2022 Draft class: Charles Cross (OT), Boye Mafe (DE), Kenneth Walker III (RB), Abraham Lucas (OT), Coby Bryant (CB), Tariq Woolen (CB), Tyreke Smith (DE), Bo Melton (WR), Dareke Young (WR)

Seattle Seahawks 2022 NFL season odds

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Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl odds

The Seahawks have +15000 odds to win Super Bowl 57 with DraftKings Sportsbook — only the Falcons and Texans are available at a bigger price.

Seattle Seahawks NFC Championship odds

The Seahawks are +8000 to win the NFC, which ranks them 15th of the 16 NFC teams.

Seattle Seahawks NFC West odds

The Seahawks are big outsiders to win the NFC West at +1800. The favorites for the division are the Rams at +125, with the 49ers at +150 and the Cardinals +400.

Seattle Seahawks win total odds

The Seahawks have -140 odds to win over 5.5 games in the 2022 NFL season, while under 5.5 wins carries +120 odds. If you like the Seahawks to make it to the playoffs, then you can get them at +500 odds.

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Seattle Seahawks schedule 2022

vs Denver Broncos, September 12
at San Francisco 49ers, September 18
vs Atlanta Falcons, September 25

at Detroit Lions, October 2
at New Orleans Saints, October 9
vs Arizona Cardinals, October 16
at Los Angeles Chargers, October 23
vs New York Giants, October 30

at Arizona Cardinals, November 6
at Tampa Bay Buccaneers, November 13
vs Las Vegas Raiders, November 27

at Los Angeles Rams, December 4
vs Carolina Panthers, December 11
vs San Francisco 49ers, December 15
at Kansas City Chiefs, December 24

vs New York Jets, January 1
vs Los Angeles Rams, January 7/8

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Seattle Seahawks 2021 season recap

The Seahawks had a couple of good early wins over the Colts and 49ers, but those were the only wins in their first 7 games. They beat struggling Jacksonville easily, but then lost 5 of their next 7 games to fall to 5-10. They won their last 2 games with Wilson at quarterback against the Lions and Cardinals, but still finished 3 wins behind the 3rd-placed 49ers in the division. They finished last in the NFL for total yards allowed and were troubled by injuries at running back all year, while Wilson missed 3 games in the middle of the season with a finger injury, with Smith starting instead.

Rumors that Wilson had become unsettled with the team persisted and the league was rocked when the blockbuster trade with the Broncos went down, with QB Drew Lock, TE Noah Fant and DT Shelby Harris arriving along with draft picks including 2 first-rounders and 2 second-rounders. Speculation that the Seahawks would be active in pursuing free agent QBs such as Baker Mayfield and Jimmy Garoppolo have proved wide of the mark and they appear to be headed into the season with Smith and Lock battling to lead the offense.

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Seattle Seahawks 2022 NFL season predictions

Either the Seahawks are a lot smarter than most NFL fans and really believe they can compete successfully in a meat-grinder of a division with Smith or Lock at quarterback, or they’re in for another season of struggle, even worse than last year’s, before taking their quarterback of the future high in next year’s draft.

There are plenty of nice offensive pieces on the roster, with DK Metcalf having just signed a huge new contract and the dynamic Tyler Lockett a threat to all defenses, but neither of them is likely to look half as good now Wilson has gone. He was the master at turning a broken play into a long sideline conversion to one of them and that’s surely not going to be possible with their 2022 QBs.

Fant is a nice addition and there’s hope at RB despite the retirement of Chris Carson, with Rashaad Penny showing up well late in the season and Kenneth Walker III added in the draft, but the young recruits to a shaky offensive line will take time to bed in. Defensively, the Seahawks have a lot of room for improvement and it’s hard to see where it’s going to come from. The Legion of Boom has gone bust, that’s for sure. They even conceded 59 points in the 2 games that they won at the end of the season. There are a few winnable games on the schedule but not nearly enough to think that a return to the playoffs is likely this season.

Best bet: Seattle Seahawks under 5.5 wins (+120)

It’s a tough world out there and the Seahawks know it. They wouldn’t be giving Metcalf a monster new contract if they were going for a good old-fashioned tank season, but neither should we suspect they will be too upset if they are heading into next year’s draft with a pocketful of high draft picks when CJ Stroud and Bryce Young are on the board.

It would be fanciful to expect the Seahawks to be the force they were for most of the last decade in their first season without Wilson, who was able to dig them out of so many holes with his escapology acts, even if they had a top-level replacement, but instead they’re going from one of the best QB situations in the league to arguably the worst.

At a time when the Rams are riding high, and the 49ers and Cardinals are stacked with talent, it makes sense for Seattle to bide its time in this situation and rise again when those teams are on the downswing themselves. It seems totally understandable that oddsmakers have a low opinion of their prospects this season. The schedule offers a few opportunities for wins (notably the Falcons, Giants, Panthers, Lions and Jets games) but very little hope other than that. The fixture computer clearly has an eye for mischief, bringing the Broncos to town for Week 1, and with that followed by a trip to the 49ers they could soon be in a 0-2 hole that is hard to escape from. Matching last year’s 7 wins looks highly optimistic given the major downgrade at quarterback and plus odds for 5 or fewer wins looks a solid play.

Seattle Seahawks season record predictions

There’s always a chance that some games that look tough now (most of Seattle’s games do) will not be so difficult by the time they come around due to opposing QB injuries and so on, but even those less testing games listed above are not going to be automatic wins for the Seahawks. With far less chance of the Seattle offense being able to compensate for the weaknesses of the defense this season, a record in the region of 5-12 is what they could realistically be looking at, in the absence of any late QB upgrades.

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