Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots Betting Predictions

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Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots Betting Predictions

Both the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots won their openers, but they did so in very different fashions. The Patriots proved their defense was still among the best in the league while neutralizing Miami while the Seahawks’ offense put on a clinic against Atlanta. In a game that is more reliant on offense than ever, I’m picking the Seahawks to hold serve at home despite New England’s advantage on defense.

Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots Betting Odds

Russell Wilson was sensational for Seattle in the opener, completing 31 of his 35 passes for 322 yards and four touchdowns. He also added 29 yards on three scrambles to lead the Seahawks in rushing, an issue that Seattle will need to sort out soon if it wants to win the NFC West. The Seahawks had their fair share of struggles defending the pass against Atlanta, allowing Matt Ryan to throw for 450 yards, but Seattle at least forced two turnovers on defense. The Patriots won’t present as much of a passing threat with its lack of quality receivers, but New England also didn’t show off much of a passing game against Miami.

Cam Newton had about as good of a debut for New England as one could hope as he looked in control of the Patriots offense. He only threw the ball 19 times, but he completed 15 of them for a little more than 10 yards per completion. He also was New England’s leading rusher with 75 yards on 15 rushes as the Patriots gained more than 200 yards on the ground in the win over Miami. The Patriots’ defense really shined, however, with three interceptions while holding the Dolphins to just 269 yards of offense in the game. That unit will be the backbone of whatever success New England has this season, and will face a much tougher test with Wilson and the Seahawks’ offense this week.

The first wager I looked at from the New Jersey online sports betting sites was how many points the Patriots’ total was set at for this game. The 20 points are maybe a little high for me considering the Patriots only scored 21 at home against Miami, so I’m going to start these NFL betting predictions by taking the under 20 points for New England at -104 odds. I’m going to stay away from the total points in the game because the 44.5-point total is roughly where I expect this game to end. Instead, I’m going to bet on the Seahawks to win by between seven and 12 points at +480 odds at the NFL betting sites in New Jersey. Seattle is good enough on offense to score against the New England defense, especially at home, but the Patriots’ defense is talented enough to keep this game close for most of the contest.

Seattle Seahawks to win

The Seahawks didn’t play their best game on defense in Atlanta, but Russell Wilson was certainly electric on offense. His play in the opener gives me a lot of hope that he can find some of the holes in the Patriots defense and lead Seattle to victory. The Patriots put a lot of focus on running the ball against Miami, which means we’ll get to see how Cam Newton looks throwing the ball against a good defense this week. I’m still skeptical about the Patriots’ offense, so I’m going to take Seattle laying 6.5 points at +120 odds on Sunday night.

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Josh Walfish is an award-winning journalist who has been covering college and professional sports in the United States. He holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and his work has appeared in the Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times and Providence Journal. He most recently chronicled the UMass hockey teams rise to prominence over the last two years for the local newspaper

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