Seattle received three players – including the quarterback Drew Lock — and five picks (including two first-round picks) for Wilson and a fourth-round pick. Lock, the No. 42 pick in 2019, was expected to be Seattle’s starting QB.
Turns out the Seahawks already had their starting quarterback on the roster in Geno Smitha second-round pick New York Jets in 2013. Not only did Smith have the Seahawks 6-3 and atop the NFC West, but the QB increased the list of chances for the NFL MVP award.
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How under the radar has Smith been? He wasn’t even on FOX Bet’s NFL MVP list until November 1. Smith debuted at +3500 on November 1, and his odds have already been reduced to +2000, sixth best at FOX Bet and ahead Cincinnatiit is Joe Terrier (+2200) and Tampa Bayit is Tom Brady (+10000).
“Geno is having a great season leading the league in completion percentage at 73.1, and with 15 TDs and four steals, he leads a Seahawks offense at 26.8 ppg, the league’s fifth-best rating. “said the FOX Bet associate. said trader Steven Hemke. “He’s now sitting at +2000 to win MVP, which seems fair. But if you wanted to bet Geno, you should have done it at the end of September when he hit +30,000.”
GENO SMITH/SEAHAWKS ODDS (at FOX Bet*)
Geno Smith Wins NFL MVP: +2000 (bet $10 to win $210 in total)
Seahawks win NFC West Division: +150 (bet $10 to win $250 in total)
Seahawks win NFC title: +1600 (bet $10 to win $170 in total)
Seahawks win Super Bowl: +2500 (bet $10 to win $260 in total)
Geno Smith will lead the NFL in interceptions: +7500 (bet $10 to win $760 in total)
The Seahawks will make the playoffs
Yes: -250 (bet $10 to win $14 in total)
No: +200 (bet $10 to win $30 in total)
* as of 09/11/2022
Smith started 29 of his first 30 games with the Jets in 2013-14 and then spent the next six seasons as a backup with the Jets, New York Giants, Los Angeles Chargers and Seahawks. Smith played in four games and started three last season while Wilson was injured.
Many assumed Lock would replace Wilson after starting 21 of 24 games with the Broncos from 2019-21. However, Lock is yet to start a shot for Seattle this season.
Smith is 207 of 283 passes (a league record 73.1%) for 2,199 yards, 15 touchdowns, four interceptions and a passer rating of 107.2.
For his career, Lock is 421 of 710 passes (59.3%) for 4,740 yards, 25 touchdowns, 20 interceptions and a passer rating of 79.3. Adding to the misery of Denver fans, the fact that Seattle drafted the star receiver DK Metcalf 22 picks after the Broncos selected Lock.
Hemke said the Seahawks are a solid choice to win their division because no other team is above .500, although the 4-4 San Francisco 49ers currently have the lowest odds (-143).
“The addition of Kenneth Walker III gave this attack a real spark on the pitch, a balance to the attack that it didn’t have before,” Hemke said. “At +150, I still see some value here in Seattle, which is on a four-game winning streak. .
“You always make more money one way or another. The schedule is organized well with home games against division enemies, the Rams and 49ers. I give them a 64% chance of winning the division.”
PICK: Seahawks will win the NFC West Division (+150 on FOX Bet, bet $10 to win $25 in total)
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