Broncos vs. Seahawks Spread Prediction

Denver Broncos vs. Seattle Seahawks, 9/9/18 Week 1 Predictions

A rematch of Super Bowl 50 will take place Sunday in Denver where the Broncos will host the Seattle Seahawks at 4:25 p.m. ET. Will the Broncos top the Seahawks this time around?

Game Snapshot

471 Seattle Seahawks at 472 Denver Broncos

4:25 p.m. ET, Sunday, September 9, 2018

Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver, Colorado

Public Betting Trends

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Broncos are 3-point favorites to beat the Seahawks. The total, meanwhile, sits at 42 points. As of this writing, 51% of the public betting tickets are on the Seahawks to cover the point spread.

Seattle Seahawks

Earl Thomas will play in Seattle's season opener against the Broncos. This was expected after Thomas practiced all week. Thomas will start but may have his snaps scaled back coming off his preseason holdout. Even with Thomas back, Seattle's secondary remains a concern going into Week 1.

Denver Broncos

The Broncos will reportedly list rookie RB Royce Freeman atop their depth chart Sunday. Freeman (15-84-3 in three preseason games) ran circles around Devontae Booker (9-33) in August and showed to be the more explosive option of the two. He'll reportedly be listed atop Denver's revised depth chart when it's released later this afternoon. Rookie Phillip Lindsay is expected to stick at No. 3 behind Booker. Although the Broncos clearly have confidence in Freeman, we fully expect this backfield to use a committee approach (at least to start the year). Freeman has workhorse traits and is still the preferred fantasy option given his red zone and goal line usage throughout the preseason.

NFL Betting Trends

Seattle

The Seahawks are 4-1-1 against the spread in their last six road games.

Denver

The Broncos are 7-1-1 against the number in their last nine games played in the month of September.

Prediction

I have a lot of questions about Case Keenum coming off his career year in Minnesota, but I do like the Broncos in this spot. Their defensive line is going to be a handful for the Seahawks’ banged-up O-line and if Keenum can move the ball efficiently versus a Seattle defense that is a shell of its former self, the Broncos should cover.

 

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