The Seattle Seahawks have received considerable support from the media all offseason long and have been touted as a potential sleeper team.
Turns out, league scouts are in agreement.
NFL.com’s Daniel Jeremiah recently polled 20 player personnel officials and asked them various questions, everything from “Who will win the Super Bowl?” to “Which team is the most underachieving?”
But for betting purposes, the question that stood out the most was this: “Which team will make the biggest jump in 2012?”
The question can be interpreted a few different ways. For instance, if the Rams were to make a “big jump,” we’d reasonably expect them to finish at or near .500, whereas a big jump for the Cowboys might be the playoffs.
Nonetheless, the Seahawks received six of 20 votes (30 percent), followed by the Panthers (4), Chiefs (2), Bears (2) and Titans (2). None of these teams, of course, made the playoffs last year.
Teams that received just one vote include the Browns, Bills, Colts and Eagles.
Coach Pete Carroll has built an exciting young team in Seattle, and there are a lot of Russell Wilson believers among our panel. With Cam Newton at the helm, the Panthers are fully capable of challenging for a playoff spot in 2012.
* * *
Odds for each team to make the playoffs, courtesy of 5Dimes.