The Seattle Seahawks will be your 2018 Super Bowl champions! This will be the team’s second Super Bowl victory, and third appearance in the last five seasons, solidifying Pete Carroll’s Seahawks as one of the premier dynasties of this generation.
Winning the NFC West is the Seahawks first hurdle on the road to Super Bowl 2018. They look to avenge their dismal performances against the Cardinals after an embarrassing tie and losing a 34-31 shootout to end the regular season. The Rams are the Seahawks nemesis in the division, beating the Hawks at least once a season each year since 2004, except for the 2015 season. Seattle also has the unfortunate task of playing the San Francisco 49ers, who are much improved from their 2-14 record a year ago. Expect the Seahawks to finish the regular season 11-5, with a 4-2 record in the division.
The Seahawks 11-5 record is not enough to earn a first-round bye in the playoffs, so they will have to beat three of the best teams in the NFC to reach the game’s highest stage. Their biggest competition is the Green Bay Packers, Dallas Cowboys, New York Giants, and the Atlanta Falcons. At first glance, this is a daunting task, but the Seahawks have the advantage of playing each of these teams in the regular season. Seattle will have to play the Packers, Cowboys, and Giants on the road and they will lose each of these games. It’s exceedingly difficult to beat the same team twice in one season, and the Hawks will undoubtedly soar past these teams in the playoffs. Current Superbowl betting odds in Vegas and online have the Seahawks posted as 12-1 favorites to win the Super Bowl and NFC championship again.
Seattle will likely face the Oakland Raiders, Pittsburgh Steelers, or the New England Patriots in the final showdown of the season. Seattle has previously lost Super Bowls to both the Steelers and the Patriots, so a grudge match would surely lead to an instant classic. The Hawks likely opponent is their former divisional rival, Oakland Raiders. Seattle better hope the game doesn’t come down to a goal line stand against Marshawn Lynch because he won’t let another opportunity pass him up.
Our far too early season prediction is that the Seattle Seahawks will take home the Lombardi Trophy with a 26-24 victory over the Oakland Raiders.