The 2018 season was supposed to be a transition year for the Seattle Seahawks. The team had different ideas. Instead of hovering around .500 as expected, the club went out and put together a 10-6 regular season and was rewarded with a Wild Card berth for its efforts.
Years of sustained success has led to plenty of roster turnover in Seattle. The team entered the year welcoming a number of new faces, and the general assumption was that the season would at least resemble a rebuilding year.
That turned out to not be the case. Head coach Pete Carroll delivered one of the finest coaching jobs of his career. The Seahawks evolved into a squad which resembled some of the franchises great teams of years past. They played tough, hit hard, pounced on opportunities, and became a team that no one wanted to square off with.
The Seahawks didn’t burst out of the gates by any means. They dropped their first two games of the year before bouncing back to even the record at 2-2. Entering the Week 7 bye, the club stood at 3-3. The time off didn’t spark anything great, as the team dropped two of the next three games.
It was from this point that the team woke up in big league fashion. The Green Bay Packers came to town in Week 11, and Seattle managed to walk off the field with a three-point win. The victory sparked a four-game winning streak, a span which included a 14-point home win over the Minnesota Vikings.
All told, Seattle would win six of its final seven games of the year. The final record was 10-6, which was good enough for a playoff spot. They faced off with the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card round, losing a close 24-22 decision on the road. The club closed out the year tied for 6th in average points scored per game. The defense was 11th for fewest points allowed per contest.
Looking ahead to this season, Seattle is second on the odds chart provided by the NFL betting sites to take down the NFC West, behind the favored Los Angeles Rams. In terms of winning the NFC, seven teams have more favorable odds, which points to the Seahawks once again being in the playoff hunt.
Let’s take a look at what to expect out of Seattle in 2019, starting with a deep dive back into 2018.
Seattle Seahawks 2018 Season Recap
Record: 10-6 | Standings: 2-NFC West | Playoffs: Lost Wild Card
The Seahawks opened up the year on the road at the Denver Broncos, falling by a score of 27-24. The following week, it was off to Chicago where they fell by seven points to the Bears. The club would grab its first win of the year with a 24-13 victory over the Dallas Cowboys at home.
Over the next two weeks, the Seahawks would be involved in a pair of close contests. They were able to pull out a three-point road win over the Arizona Cardinals but fell by two points at home to the Los Angeles Rams. Prior to the Week 7 bye, the team headed to London and dropped the hammer on the Oakland Raiders to the tune of 27-3.
Out of the bye, the club would pick up a win over the Detroit Lions, but they would fall in successive weeks to the Los Angeles Chargers and the Rams afterwards. That brought the record to 4-5. The Seahawks responded by ripping off a four-game winning streak.
The winning stretch was stopped with a three-point road overtime loss to the San Francisco 49ers, but the club bounced back the following week with a huge home victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. In the final game of the year, they took down the Cardinals at home by a score of 27-24.
In the Wild Card round, the club traveled to Dallas for a showdown with the Cowboys. Seattle held a 14-10 lead after three quarters, but the Cowboys were able to take control in the final period to escape with a 24-22 win.
Seattle Seahawks Offseason Moves
Pete Carroll returns for his 10th season as head coach of the Seahawks. He has a record of 89-54-1 during his time with the team, as well as one Super Bowl ring and another appearance in the big game. Brian Schottenheimer runs the defense, while Ken Norton Jr. serves as defensive coordinator.
The club lost a number of key pieces, including S Earl Thomas and CB Justin Coleman. New arrivals into Seattle include LB K.J. Wright and DE Ezekiel Ansah. Wideout Doug Baldwin has hung up his cleats after a solid run for the Seahawks, while DE Frank Clark was shipped off to the Chiefs.
In the first round of the NFL Draft, the team selected TCU DE L.J. Collier. The club had two picks in the second round, using them on Utah S Marquise Blair and WR DK Metcalf out of Ole Miss. Later round selections include Utah LB Cody Barton.
Russell Wilson will continue to lead the way on offense. Chris Carson and Rashad Penny top the running back depth chart for a team which is expected to remain focused on the run. Jaron Brown, David Moore, and Tyler Lockett lead the wideouts, with Metcalf among the names to watch in camp.
Jacob Hollister and Will Dissly lead the group at TE. There has been a good amount of turnover on defense, but the club did focus on restocking the coffers. We’ll have to wait and see how that translates onto the field.
Seattle Seahawks 2019 Schedule
|1||Sun. Sept.8||vs. Cincinnati Bengals||4:05 PM||CBS|
|2||Sun. Sept.15||at Pittsburgh Steelers||1:00 PM||FOX|
|3||Sun. Sept.22||vs. New Orleans Saints||4:25 PM||CBS|
|4||Sun. Sept.29||at Arizona Cardinals||4:05 PM||FOX|
|5||Thu. Oct.3||vs. Los Angeles Rams||8:20 PM||FOX|
|6||Sun. Oct.13||at Cleveland Browns||1:00 PM||FOX|
|7||Sun. Oct.20||vs. Baltimore Ravens||4:25 PM||FOX|
|8||Sun. Oct.27||at Atlanta Falcons||1:00 PM||FOX|
|9||Sun. Nov.3||vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers||4:05 PM||FOX|
|10||Mon. Nov.11||at San Francisco 49ers||8:15 PM||ESPN|
|12||Sun. Nov.24||at Philadelphia Eagles||8:20 PM||NBC|
|13||Mon. Dec.2||vs. Minnesota Vikings||8:15 PM||ESPN|
|14||Sun. Dec.8||at Los Angeles Rams||8:20 PM||NBC|
|15||Sun. Dec.15||at Carolina Panthers||1:00 PM||FOX|
|16||Sun. Dec.22||at Arizona Cardinals||4:25 PM||FOX|
|17||Sun. Dec.29||vs. San Francisco 49ers||4:25 PM||FOX|
The Seahawks open up the year at home with the Bengals and follow that up with a trip to Pittsburgh. The Week 3 home game with the Saints should be a solid test for both teams. A pair of divisional games follows, and then it’s two more versus the AFC North.
Prior to the Week 11 bye, Seattle will play two of the final three games on the road. The stretch run starts off with a tough stretch of four games versus potential playoff squads. Three of those contests will be road games for the Seahawks.
To close out the season, it’s a road date with the Cardinals followed by home tilt against the 49ers. Add it all up, and there are several tough stretches for the Seahawks to contend with, but there are also some navigable games.
Seattle Seahawks 2019 Outlook
As mentioned up above, the Rams are favored to win the NFC West, while the Seahawks are considered the second-best team in the division. The 49ers should be improved after an injury-plagued year, while the Cardinals could at least be slightly better than last year. Three wins over the six division games is totally doable, but 4-2 should be the expectation.
For the remaining NFC schedule, Seattle will play host to the Saints, Buccaneers, and Vikings. They’ll be on the road to take on the Falcons, Eagles, and Panthers. It’s a tough set of games, but three or four wins is certainly possible for the Seahawks.
Last but not least, inter-conference play means dates with the AFC North this year. Seattle is home for games with the Bengals and Ravens. They’ll be on the road to face the Steelers and Browns. The Seahawks should hit two wins with a goal of three wins for this stretch.
Seattle Seahawks 2019 Win Total Odds and Pick
Here is where the bar has been set for Seattle in 2019. It’s a step down from the team’s 10-win campaign in 2018.
Total Regular Season Wins:
Betting odds provided by: MyBookie.ag
The Seahawks surprised many with a run to the playoffs last year, but they won’t have that luxury this season. Expectations will be higher, and the competition level throughout the schedule is challenging.
That said, we can expect Seattle to continue to play a style which is tough for other squads to match up with. The team also continues to have one of the best home field advantages in the NFL.
At a minimum, this should be a nine-win team, but another 10-win season wouldn’t be surprising to us at all. That places us on the Over for the Seahawks in 2019.