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November 16, 2014 at 12:49 AM

Gameday links: Seahawks underdogs for the first time since Super Bowl

As I wrote in my preview story on Sunday’s Seattle-Kansas City game, the Seahawks will take the field as an underdog for the first time since the Super Bowl.

The story details some of the reasons why, with some help from RJ Bell of Pregame.com.

Bell didn’t rule out that the line could close markedly by kickoff. He said it was the professional gamblers who laid the big, early money on the Chiefs that moved the line and made the Seahawks the underdogs.

Bell said the general trend is that the public at-large tends to fair teams with big names — and Seattle, as the defending Super Bowl champ, is a big name right now — and that he would’t be surprised to see some late money come in on the Seahawks.

As I write this, the Chiefs are still favored by 1- or 1.5-points. Not much, obviously, but also not something that likely would have been expected a few weeks ago.

“If you would have said eight weeks ago that Seattle would be underdogs against Kansas City, it would be almost hard to believe,” Bell said. “Eight weeks ago the Chiefs were 12-point underdogs to Denver. That was on the road. But still, they went from 12-point underdogs to being favored against Seattle.”

In a good omen for the Seahawks, Bell said they are 15-2 against the spread in the last 17 times they have been underdogs.

The Chiefs, meanwhile, are just 7-20 against the spread in their last 27 games as a home favorite — and with the sread as small as it is today, that basically means they either win or don’t cover.

You can monitor the line movements here.

In other news …

— I probably didn’t write enough this week about the journey of one-time Seahawk cornerback Ron Parker, which is detailed here. He’s now a key player for the Chiefs, but in August, 2013 was a player the Seahawks reluctantly released in the cutdown to 53. It was one of a few times the Seahawks made moves with Parker, as noted here, and while Seattle was hoping then they might get him back, he was instead signed by KC, where he has been since. That a guy like Parker, who even pretty fervent Seahawks fans may barely remember, was cut a year ago and then became a key member of another team is one of many examples of the depth of the 2013 Seahawks. Seeing Parker again also calls to mind the time I heard Kam Chancellor asked, during a live chat we did with him that year, who the fastest player on the team was and he said Parker

— Here are my picks for Sunday’s games.

— Our Meet the Seahawk feature introduces Will Tukuafu.

— Here’s our weekly look at the NFC West.

— Seahawks.com with five matchups to watch.

— Seahawks.com on K.J. Wright likely going back to the middle Sunday.

— Here’s a good overview of the Chiefs from The New York Times.

— The Chiefs secured the future of one of their key defensive players Saturday.

— ESPN assesses Seattle’s playoff chances based on what happens Sunday.

— The Kansas City Star on the Chiefs preparing for Marshawn Lynch.

— More Chiefs coverage from the Star here.

— The New York Post says to take the Chiefs.

— The Topeka Capital-Journal writes that the two teams have a lot in common.

— Lindy’s picks the Chiefs 23-20.

— The betting blogger says to take Seattle.

— A Chiefs’ roster card.

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