By Charles Jay
The Seattle Seahawks are looking pretty good right now as a possibility to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. This is what often happens with this team, which is had a tendency to get off to slow starts but then come on very strong. At the moment they are sitting with a 7-2-1 record, which leads the NFC West, and so they take the momentum into their matchup with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, which will kick off at 4:05 PM ET at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. The game will be televised on Fox Network, and BetAnySports customers will have the opportunity to place wagers on it in real time as they challenge the football betting odds through the wonders of Live Betting Ultra.
Seattle has not really gone through the skids, so to speak, but they did have a very dreary time with the Arizona, then went to New Orleans and lost 25-20. Since then they have won three straight games, with the most impressive being a 31-24 victory at New England. It looks as if Russell Wilson is getting over the knee and ankle injuries that bothered him earlier in the campaign, and the guy is still deadly accurate, hitting 66% with only two interceptions in 335 attempts.
As far as control is concerned, Jameis Winston is in a different neighborhood. He’s been picked off ten times, but he can also be very dangerous, as he demonstrated against Kansas City last week when he threw for 331 yards. Granted, that was a Chiefs secondary that was without Marcus Peters, but we all know what the Heisman Trophy winner can do, particularly when he has some offensive balance working for him.
In the football betting odds that have been established on this game by the folks at BetAnySports, the Seahawks are laying points on the road:
Seattle Seahawks – 6
Tampa Bay Buccaneers +6
Over 46 points -110
Under 46 points -110
Yes, it was a surprise that Tampa Bay went to Arrowhead Stadium to score a win over the Chiefs. And part of that has to be a testament to their defense. Doug Martin is also getting back into the swing of things after sitting out with a hamstring injury, and he gained 63 yards last week. It is very important that they mix the run in with the pass, and it is also important that Winston have someone else to throw to aside from Mike Evans (916 yards, 65 receptions). Cameron Brate has emerged as the tight end position this season, but how far is he going to get when he’s got Kam Chancellor staring down at him?
We should not present the picture to BetAnySports patrons that things are perfect with the Seahawks. There are injuries to talk about, including one that continues to keep defensive end Michael Bennett out of the lineup. Also, two members of the secondary might be missing this week. Safety Earl Thomas is listed as doubtful and cornerback DeShawn Shead is questionable. And it was a tough blow that running back CJ Prosise, who looked like he was developing into a real solid option in the backfield, went down with a shoulder injury. Remember that they had already released Christine Michael when Thomas Rawls was activated, but now Rawls, who had ankle surgery in the off-season, as well as a fractured fibula which kept him out of seven games, will take on more of a burden. He ran for 57 yards in last week’s 26-15 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles.
Interestingly enough, Tampa Bay has covered only 19 of its last 64 games at home, while Seattle has compiled a record of 16-5 ATS from November forward over the last three years. Let’s see how much we get out of the prospective head-to-head matchup between Evans and Seattle’s “shutdown” corner, Richard Sherman, who usually sticks to one side of the field but can roam around when the situation warrants it.
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