Perhaps Wilson changes that narrative in 2020, as the guy simply wills his team to wins, and the sky’s the limit for an offense featuring Tyler Lockett, D.K. Metcalf, and Greg Olsen.
Seattle has the ability to be incredibly balanced, too, as evidenced by the league’s fourth-best rushing attack a year ago. Defensively, the Seahawks lack a major punch but are far from a garbage unit.
If the Seahawks can run the ball, be a bit better defensively, and Wilson keeps working his magic, the Seahawks will probably be playoff bound. Once in, anything can happen.
Why the Seahawks Won’t Win Super Bowl 55
The major issue with Seattle is that they’re built in a fashion where they require Russell Wilson to bail them out on a regular basis.
They can still make big plays and run the ball, but the reliance on Wilson stepping up and saving them can be a killer at times.
If he keeps doing it, it’s not really a death sentence. However, that style didn’t work early in a playoff loss to the Packers, and a late rally fell short.
Seattle’s defense also leaves a lot to be desired. Jadeveon Clowney’s return is needed, but that isn’t a guarantee. Without him, a pass rush that tied for 29th in the NFL could (gulp) be even worse.
Wilson alone keeps the Seahawks relevant, but the ancillary pieces around him aren’t as supportive as they need to be for Seattle to be considered among the elite.
Will the Seahawks Win Super Bowl 55?
Surprisingly enough, the Seahawks were very efficient on offense in 2019.
They ranked sixth in weighted offense per Football Outsiders, they had one of the best running games in all of football, and Wilson played a hand in the 11th-most big plays through the air in the entire league.
The Seahawks are plenty good. Unfortunately, their defense is far from its Legion of Boom days, and Wilson’s amazing talent is often used as a crutch.
This team has basically become what the Packers had been with Aaron Rodgers. Green Bay realized last year — and even more so this year based on their draft — that winning solely by the hand of their star quarterback wasn’t the best route to success.
Seattle having to go on a title run out of the loaded NFC West makes it even tougher to buy them as Super Bowl threats. I won’t ever actively bet against Russell Wilson, but the Seahawks don’t look like a great title bet given their clear flaws.
Noah Davis is one of the more diverse writers at GamblingSites.com. Like many of his colleagues, he's a huge fan of both football and basketball. But he also writes about box office records, TV show prop bets, DFS, and all kinds of other subjects.
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