Are the Seattle Seahawks a “surprising” team? Did folks not expect them to build on last year’s playoff run? Here they are, with a 5-1 record. They have a penchant for winning close games. And they may have another one on their hands as they line up for action on Sunday. The opponents are the Baltimore Ravens, who are still trying to prove they’re legit as a playoff contender. The game kicks off on Sunday at 4:25 PM ET at CenturyLink Field. And if you are a BetAnySports customer, you can place wagers during the game with Live Betting Ultra.
And here are the numbers……
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Seattle Seahawks vs. Baltimore Ravens NFL Week 7 Odds by BetAnySports.eu
|Seahawks||-3 (-115)||48½ (-109)||-167|
|Ravens||+3 (+105)||48½ (-101)||+145|
Wilson for MVP?
There are several players being talked about in terms of being candidates for Most Valuable Player. Russell Wilson should be among them. He’s been sizzling, completing 72.5% of his passes with 14 touchdowns and NO interceptions. And he is dealing for the most part with receivers that may have been anonymous before this season.
Wilson has connected 35 times with Tyler Lockett, who is indeed is someone you know. But DK Metcalf, who went into the draft process as a fantastic physical specimen who may have been a bit raw, has been perhaps a pleasant surprise. Metcalf is averaging a whopping 21 yards per catch. And he is, in fact, the most dangerous downfield threat for Wilson, who is one of those NFL quarterbacks who isn’t the slightest but afraid to throw it downfield.
He also isn’t afraid to take a sack, and that is why those figures might be a bit deceiving. Yes, Wilson gets dumped – it has happened 16 times this season. But some of that is by choice. And when we say that, we mean that he would rather be sacked than throw something that is ill-advised. So look at the interception figures and then understand that he is absolutely not a “dink-and-dunk” passer. And you will realize that he is doing the judicious thing.
Wilson has the ability to mitigate the opposition’s pass rush, as he’ll scramble, and occasionally there will be a designed run. But generally, he’s a guy who can easily operate out of the pocket. And he isn’t all that uncomfortable with it.
So how’s Lamar doing?
Maybe you can argue that if not for the success of Wilson, people like Lamar Jackson wouldn’t be taken as seriously as NFL quarterbacks. Now, Jackson is a little different than Wilson in the respect that he still uses the run as a major staple of his repertoire, and he is indeed the leading rusher for the Ravens (460 yards), and is on pace to set the league record for his position. And Baltimore has averaged 205 yards a game on the ground.
The Seahawks have allowed 4.7 yards per carry. So if the Ravens are able to establish a running game, it gets easier for Jackson. As a passer he is regarded by most as a work in progress. But he’s completed 65% of his throws and had almost eight yards per attempt. He is sometimes errant. And if a secondary can cross him up, that may prove an Achilles heel for the Baltimore offense. But Jackson is also capable of making the big play. And to John Harbaugh’s credit, he’s let the guy do his thing for the most part.
The side story here involves Earl Thomas’ return to Seattle. We’ll see how that goes. Seattle has had so many close games (four of five wins by four points or fewer) that you have to be hesitant to lay the points. However, we have no doubt that there is opportunity for advancement in terms of the respective passing games. This is leading us toward an OVER.
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