K.J. Wright doesn’t understand where betting lines come from.
“Who makes those point spreads?” the seventh-year linebacker asked Wednesday when informed of the rare position his Seattle Seahawks are in as six-point underdogs heading into Sunday night’s home game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
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The Eagles are six-point favorites in Sunday’s matchup against the Seahawks. That’s the most a visiting team in Seattle has been favored since 2011.
According to ESPN Stats & Information, that’s the most points an opponent has been favored by at CenturyLink Field since 2011, the year before Seattle drafted quarterback Russell Wilson, and including playoffs it’s tied for the fourth most since Pete Carroll arrived in 2010. The Seahawks were also underdogs in Week 11 versus Atlanta, which snapped a streak of 41 consecutive home games in which they were favored.
Don’t ask Wright how all that stuff works. But what he does know, or at least what he firmly believes, is that the Seahawks can still contend despite what seems like a popular perception that they have little chance — both to win Sunday night versus the 10-1 Eagles and to make another deep run in the playoffs.
“Don’t sleep on us, man,” Wright said. “This team is really good. We’re still talented. We can be the best of the best. We are the best of the best, so just because we have injuries don’t mean that things will change. We’re going to be good out there.”
The idea of anyone sleeping on the Seahawks is a foreign one for a team that has established itself as one of the perennial NFC powerhouses, with five consecutive postseason berths, two Super Bowl appearances and one championship. But it’s now a reality with the current state of affairs.
At 7-4, Seattle has the same record as the Falcons but trail them for the sixth and final NFC playoff spot by virtue of Atlanta’s head-to-head victory. In all likelihood, the Seahawks will need to win at the very least three and maybe four of their remaining five games to reach the postseason. It won’t be easy. ESPN
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