Seahawks vs. Packers Total Pick
According to oddsmakers at Bovada.lv, Green Bay is favored at home in this game, as the Packers are getting odds of -3 points against the Seahawks. The over/under total for the contest is listed at 51 points. The home team has won six straight meetings between these two and they have hit the over in three of their last four encounters. Sunday’s game takes place from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin and will air live on FOX.
Green Bay went 10-6 last season and ultimately reached the NFC Championship. The Packers finished the season with a 13-6 mark with the over. As usual, the Packers had a great offense that averaged 27 points per game last year. Aaron Rodgers had another great year, throwing for 4,428 yards with 40 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. He returns his same weapons at receiver but is hoping he can get more support in the run game. Rodgers was the second leading rusher last season with 369 yards while Ty Montgomery rushed for 457 yards. He came on late in the year and is going to be the featured back this year. Defensively, the Packers were suspect a year ago, allowing 24.25 points per game. The unit dealt with injuries throughout 2016 and start 2017 in a similar way. Nick Perry is questionable for Sunday’s game with an ankle injury. He led the defense with 11 sacks in 2016.
Seattle won the NFC West again in 2016, going 10-5-1. The Seahawks reached the conference semifinals before falling to Atlanta. Seattle was again led by its defense, allowing just 18.25 points per game. Still, Seattle managed to go 10-8 with the over last season. The Seahawks had a great pass rush tandem in Frank Clark and Cliff Avril, who combined for 21.5 sacks. Offensively, Seattle put up 22.1 points per game. Russell Wilson dealt with ankle injuries most of the year, hurting his mobility and overall impact. He threw for 4,219 yards with 21 touchdowns, but had 11 interceptions and was sacked 41 times. He also had a career-low 259 rushing yards. Seattle’s entire run game suffered last season. Christine Michael was the leading rusher with 469 yards, but he was cut before the season ended. The team added Eddie Lacy in the offseason, but he has yet to impress.
This game feels like it could go a number of ways, but ultimately when Green Bay is at home, there tends to be fireworks. The Packers have hit the over in four of their last five at home and in seven straight conference contests. Green Bay’s offense isn’t much different than a year ago, so it should continue to move the ball, even against Seattle. The Seahawks have a healthy Russell Wilson, which should take their offense up a notch from 2016. A mobile Wilson creates a lot more plays than the one that was kept in the pocket last season. Look for a shootout on Sunday between two play-making quarterbacks.
NFL WEEK 1 PREDICTION: SEAHAWKS/PACKERS OVER 51