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October 24, 2013 at 10:23 AM

Breaking down “The Seattle Effect”

Okay, so I know I’m a little late to the party on writing about what some are calling “The Seattle Effect” — the fact that every team the Seahawks have played lost the following week.

NFL.com wrote about it this week.

Just as interesting is the fact that not only has each Seattle opponent lost the following week, but they’ve also lost against the spread, indicating that they performed worse than expected, even when the oddsmakers didn’t consider them a favorite to win.

Here’s a look at each team and how it performed the following week:

CAROLINA: at Buffalo, favored by 3.5, lost 24-23.

SAN FRANCISCO: vs. Indianapolis, favored by 10.5, lost 27-7.

JACKSONVILLE: vs. Indianapolis, 9-point underdogs, lost 37-3.

HOUSTON: vs. San Francisco, 4-point underdogs, lost 34-3.

INDIANAPOLIS: at San Diego, favored by 1.5 points, lost 19-9.

TENNESSEE: at San Francisco, 3.5-point underdogs, lost 31-17.

As NFL.com points out, Seattle’s foes were outscored 172-62 the following week, making it hard to escape the conclusion that Seahawks are not only beating teams but beating them up, too.

The “Seattle Effect” will get an interesting test this week as the Cardinals host a struggling Atlanta team — Arizona is a 2.5-point favorite.

 

 

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