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There was not much to separate the Seattle Seahawks from the eventual NFC champion San Francisco 49ers in 2019.

Both teams were 11-3 after the 15th week of the NFL season, heading into what was a decisive final two weeks. The Seahawks already had an overtime 27-24 win on the road over San Francisco from early November, but lost their final two games, including a final night NFC West decider that went to the 49ers in a close 26-21 contest.

Seattle won its first playoff game as the five seed, 17-9 over the Philadelphia Eagles, before falling in another close loss in the NFC Divisional Round, 28-23 to the Green Bay Packers. A win over the Packers would have set up a third winner-take-all game against the 49ers, but it was not meant to be for the Seahawks.

But how about in 2020? The Super Bowl hangover is a real thing: only eight times in the 54-year history of the Super Bowl has the losing team returned the next season, and three of those times were the Buffalo Bills 1991-93 teams. The only team to do it in the 27 years since is the 2018 New England Patriots, who shook off a stunning loss to the Philadelphia Eagles by swamping the Los Angeles Rams 13-3.

Outside of that Patriots team, the other nine teams that lost the previous Super Bowl in the decade combined for just four playoff wins.

That could prove to be good news for the Seahawks.

Seattle is currently the sixth pick with PointsBet promotions to win Super Bowl LV at betting odds of +1600, behind three other NFC teams. The Seahawks are also +800 to win the NFC, and +200 to win the NFC West; San Francisco is -105 to win the West.

The NFC West might be the best division in football. Los Angeles was 9-7 last season after making it to Super Bowl LIII (Super Bowl hangover strikes again), and the Arizona Cardinals have superstar Kyler Murray under center and DeAndre Hopkins at wide receiver. The best team in this division could win 10 games, although the out of division contests against the NFC and AFC East could boost the win totals.

Seattle comes into the season with an over/under win total of 9.5, and the over looks like a very good play. The Seahawks went 7-1 on the road in 2019, and a repeat of that could see them set up for a monster campaign.

This Seattle team has one of the best quarterbacks in the game, Russell Wilson, under center. DK Metcalf is a year older, and could be turning into an unplayable wideout.

It could be worth it to take the Seahawks to win the division at +200, knowing that it came down to the fourth quarter of the final week last season. San Fran could come back to earth in 2020. I also like Seattle to win more than 9.5 games.

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