Seattle Seahawks 2022 preview: Over or under projected win total of 6?

Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll greets his team before an NFL preseason game last Saturday in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Matt Durisko)
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Seattle Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll greets his team before an NFL preseason game last Saturday in Pittsburgh. (AP Photo/Matt Durisko)

Each Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from July 12 through Sept. 2, we will take a look at the projected win totals for each team in the NFL, running one division per week for eight weeks.

NOTE: All over/under win totals are provided by Caesars Sportsbook.

SEATTLE SEAHAWKS

2021 record: 7-10

2022 bye week: 11

Most impactful additions: QB Drew Lock, TE Noah Fant, T Charles Cross (first round), RB Kenneth Walker (second round)

Most impactful departures: QB Russell Wilson, LB Bobby Wagner, TE Gerald Everett, RB Chris Carson

Easiest part(s) of schedule: After opening with Denver and San Francisco, games against Atlanta and at Detroit are winnable.

Other than that, there likely are no back-to-back games where the Seahawks will be favored. In fact, unless they get off to a surprising start and get something going, the only other games where they might be favored are Carolina in Week 14 and the Jets in Week 17.

They potentially could be favored against Arizona in Week 6 and/or the Giants in Week 8.

Toughest part(s) of schedule: Starting with a game in London against Tampa Bay, Seattle has a week off before a home game against Las Vegas and a trip south to face the Rams.

They follow up with a breather against Carolina before hosting San Francisco and going to Kansas City.

Caesars over/under win total (as of Aug. 17): 6 – Over +110; Under -130; Odds to win Super Bowl LVII +15000

Book it: UNDER. To say I am not a fan of Pete Carroll would be a major understatement, as I don’t think there’s a coach in the history of the NFL who has done less with more. And yes, the thought of passing with the Super Bowl on the line and Marshawn Lynch in your backfield … well … I guess I should have let that go by now.

Point is, now Carroll gets to roll a full season with either Geno Smith or Drew Lock at quarterback. Have fun with that.

Even with one of the top 1-2 tandems at wide receiver in the NFL in DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett and a top-10 tight end in comeover Noah Fant, the fact the running game is average at best with Rashaad Penny and rookie Kenneth Walker and no one to consistently throw them the ball, there’s not much to like about this team.

Their 28th-ranked defense from last season might actually be worse in 2022, and there’s a real chance they could go on multiple four- or five-game losing streaks.

If they can’t beat both Atlanta AND Detroit (certainly no given), the Seahawks could be 1-6 by the time they host the (improved) New York Giants in Week 8.

Not only do we love the under, and might even pay the juice to get it, but we think there’s at least a decent chance Carroll is gone before season’s end and this team is in the running for the No. 1 draft pick in 2023.

Projected finish: 4-13

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