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June 17, 2013 at 7:59 AM

Morning kickoff — Updated Super Bowl odds, and more

The overriding theme of this season for the Seahawks will be the almost unprecedented high expectations greeting the team after the way it won seven of the last eight last season, led the NFL in fewest points allowed, and saw Russell Wilson break out as a potential long-term star at quarterback.

But it’s not just  in Seattle that the expectations for the Seahawks are high.

Las Vegas has also been setting a high standard for the Seahawks this season, witness the updated Super Bowl odds below, which have Seattle as the No. 4 favorite behind the Patriots, 49ers and Broncos:

The big challenge to the Seahawks’ season is, of course, the 49ers residing in the same division — finish second in the West and Seattle would again get no better than the No. 5 seed in the playoffs and a much tougher road to the Super Bowl putting even that much of a greater importance on the two games with San Francisco, for which rivalry reasons alone already loom as some of the biggest in recent regular-season history.

But while the week two home game against the 49ers on a Sunday night is already garnering all kinds of hype, Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com Tweeted last night that the Seahawks need to not sleep on their week one matchup at Carolina and Cam Newton:

As he later noted, Carolina — a team the Seahawks got all they wanted from in a 16-12 win in October — won five of its last six games with Newton appearing to finally turn a corner:

Indeed, Carolina scored 27 or more points in five of its last six games, though despite that the team changed offensive coordinators with Mike Shula taking over, promising to try to tailor the offense even more around Newton’s skills.

And as Seattle fans hardly need reminding, those are games the team will play without Bruce Irvin, and potentially also without Chris Clemons if he hasn’t made it all the way back yet.

All intriguing stuff, though, to bat around during the dog days of the off-season.

IN OTHER NEWS. …

— How might NFL  history had changed if Bill Walsh had coached the Seahawks?;

— A 49ers blog rates Seattle’s D-line as the best in the NFC West;

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