We have officially been flexed.
This Sunday’s tilt between the Seattle Sehawks and Baltimore Ravens was originally scheduled for primetime in Sunday Night Football, but thanks to an injury-ridden season that has the Ravens near the bottom of the league barrel, we’ve been moved to 1 p.m.
It’s actually an interesting move, because, now, the resurgent Seahawks, looking to notch a playoff berth and defend their NFC title, are playing earlier (much earlier), on the wrong coast.
So, after winning three in a row, including last week’s 38-7 thumping of the Minnesota Vikings, what will it take for Seattle to keep rolling towards the postseason? Here’s what the early-week odds have to say about the Seahawks’ chances, per OddsShark:
Line: Seattle -5
What To Watch For
Let’s all take a second to stop pretending we’re surprised that the Seattle Seahawks are playing well in December.
Sure, the start of the season was less-than-impressive. The defense looked like it had lost a bit of its bite and the offense hadn’t quite found its footing. But that was then. This is now and this is a team that looks more than prepared to defend its NFC title.
Seattle has won three straight, fresh off a near-perfect victory over the Vikings last week. The defense forced six punts on Minnesota’s first seven drives and the other possession ended with an interception. On the flip side, the offense racked up 433 yards with Russell Wilson throwing for 274 yards and three touchdowns.
This is a team that is still without Marshawn Lynch.
If that isn’t enough to encourage anyone, then how about this. Despite their 6-5 record heading into last week, the Seahawks had the fourth highest adjusted margin of victory. In other words, they’re 5.3 points per game better than average.
That’s not only a lot, it’s more than enough to defend an NFC crown. Plus, with a schedule that includes this Sunday’s matchup against the Ravens and then games against the Cleveland Browns and St. Louis Rams, it seems more than probable that the Sehawks are primed for a postseason push.