Can the Seahawks dig themselves out of the 0-2 hole in the NFL’s NFC West?

Seattle SeahawksOne of the biggest stories at the start of this NFL season is that the Seahawks are occupying the basement of the NFC West. The team that won the 48th Superbowl, and should have won the 49th Superbowl have given themselves an uphill struggle to reach Superbowl 50. Is the mass hysteria justified, or will the Seahawks fly back on course in and reach the playoffs?

The context to the Seahawks’ losses is certainly the most important thing to analyse before declaring them a team in meltdown. The two losses have both been on the road, to the Green Bay Packers and St Louis Rams. The Packers are a formidable force, especially at home with Aaron Rogers in the kind of mood that saw him throw 9 for 9 and 91 yards in the 4th quarter. The Rams have been the Seahawks’ bogey team and the season opening loss marks the second time in two years Seattle have lost at the death in St Louis. Both of these losses were not expected, but they were predictable. The Seahawks have got fellow 0-2 strugglers Detroit and Chicago in their next two home games, and a probable 2-2 position in two weeks time looks likely, and a lot less dreadful.

Turning an 0-2 into a positive record is one thing, but winning enough games to dispatch all of their NFC West rivals is another. One of their rivals, the 49ers, will probably be out of the playoff picture in a month judging by their cataclysmic capitulation at the hands of Pittsburgh Steelers last time out. Yes, they have Colin Kaepernick, but too many question marks surrounding him. Another rival, the Rams, started the annual “it’s going to be their year” bandwagon when beating the Seahawks. But a weak performance against a poor Washington team has threatened to derail them already. The Seahawks have enough to haul themselves back above those two, which only leads the Arizona Cardinals to deal with… The Cardinals fell short when Carson Palmer got injured last season, but now with him back and an impressive 2-0 start they are looking ominous. Larry Fitzgerald has 199 receiving yards in 2 games, and their dynamic offense looks the real deal.

The Seahawks have given a 2-win head start to the Cardinals, and that is too much for a team with an offense so frighteningly productive. The NFC West culminates with a week 17 matchup between; you guessed it, the Seahawks and Cardinals. That could well be the decider, but watch this space – one bird will be flying on top of the NFC West in January, and I think it might just be a Cardinal.

 

 

Scott AvatarSCOTT SIMPKIN is a UK sports journalist with a growing interest in sports in the US, particularly American football and baseball. He has previously contributed to publications including Palatinate Online and FourFourTwo.

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Las Vegas sportsbooks report heavy losses over Sunday’s NFL opening

Las Vegas sportsbook image from Wikimedia Commons free media repository originally posted to Flickr by G0SUB.

Las Vegas sportsbook . G0SUB @ Flickr.

After several popular favorites covered the spread this weekend, Las Vegas sportsbooks say they’ve never had such a bad NFL opening Sunday. Sportsbooks usually do quite well on the first Sunday of the NFL regular season.  Last year in Week 1, underdogs covered the spread in 10 of 13 games.

The underdog Giants covered against the Cowboys in a 27-26 loss, which helped the books. However after the Green Bay Packers and Miami Dolphins both covered the day was already a loss.

The St. Louis Rams, who took the Seattle Seahawks 34-31 in overtime, were a popular pick among savvy bettors. Some books had 2.5 times more money on the Rams. Ouch!

Although the season started off a little rocky for most, Nevada sportsbooks won an all-time high of $114 million on football in 2014.  So they don’t need our sympathy!

Brady Bunch need to bounce back!

Can the Pats bounce back against the Vikings?

Tom Brady and the Patriots are feeling the heat after their Week 1 loss!

Superstar NFL quarterback Tom Brady has experienced many things in his amazing career so far, but being alone in last place in the AFC East division is something completely new to him. The Patriots 33-20 loss to division rivals Miami on Sunday, coupled with the Buffalo’s upset win at Chicago and the NY Jets victory against Oakland means New England is propping up the standings on its own for the first time since Brady became the franchise’s starter in 2001.

Ok, ok, it’s only Week 1 of a 17-week season and there is still little doubt that the Pats will bounce back in style, but it will be interesting to see how a team that is used to dominating a division with such ease will react to what was a poor performance indeed.

New England’s defense found no answer to marauding Dolphins’ running back Knowshon Moreno, who rushed for 134 yards and a crucial fourth-quarter TD that sealed the deal for the home team. Miami outscored coach Bill Belichik’s team 23-0 in the second half to rack up their highest score against their nemesis since 1994.

Brady just couldn’t get his offense into gear in the blistering heat in Florida and finished with stats of just 29 completions from 56 passes for 249 yards.

Next up for the Patriots is a trip Minnesota where they face a Vikings team that was a positive surprise in Week 1. Led by WR Cordarrelle Patterson, who ran for 102 yards on just three carries, with a 67-yard scoring run, the Vikes swamped the St. Louis Rams on the road to run away to a 34-6 victory. Buoyed by this great start to the season, they will certainly provide the Brady Bunch with the sternest of tests in front of their own fans on Sunday – could the visitors slip up again?

New England Patriots @ Minnesota Vikings, Betting Odds:

New England Patriots     1.63
Minnesota Vikings          2.40

To Win The Super Bowl, Betting Odds (Selection):

Seattle Seahawks            4.5
Denver Broncos              5.0
New England Patriots   12.0
Cincinnati Bengals         21.0
Indianapolis Colts          31.0
Minnesota Vikings         67.0

Odds provided by http://www.allyoubet.ag are current as of today, but subject to change.

CHRIS I. (tipsterchris) is a European sports blogger who’s hooked on football — both NFL American football and European football.  Chris discusses betting tips and trends and includes betting odds in his regular posts at BI