Seahawks vs. Packers 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 51.5 points. The home team has won six straight meetings between these two, while the Packers have covered the spread in three straight meetings. Today’s game takes place from Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin and will air live on FOX.
Seattle was 10-5-1 in the 2016 season, earning another NFC West title. Along with a couple of playoff games, the Seahawks were ultimately 9-9 against the spread last season. Seattle was again led by its defense, allowing just 18.25 points per game. 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, which kept him from being the usual dual-threat he is. 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 has tried to address its run game this season by adding Eddie Lacy, but he seems to be stuck in a three-way battle with Thomas Rawls and Chris Carson for carries.
Green Bay went 10-6 last season and then made a run to the NFC Championship. The Packers were 11-7-1 against the spread. As usual, the Packers had a great offense that averaged 27 points per game last year. Aaron Rodgers threw 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 struggled during the season, allowing 24.25 points per game. Nick Perry was the defensive leader a year ago with 11 sacks, but he is battling an ankle injury. While expected to play, he could be limited.
This is a big matchup to open the season as two of the best in the NFC collide for early bragging rights. Seattle should be motivated by recent losses to the Packers, but going on the road hasn’t been their thing lately, as the Seahawks have failed to cover in their last four on the road. Green Bay has been good in September, covering in 6 of its last 7 games in September while going 7-3 ATS in their last 10 openers. Seattle is also just 2-6-2 ATS in this series and 0-4-1 ATS at Lambeau. Look for those struggles to continue today, as Rodgers should be on point.
NFL WEEK 1 PREDICTION: GREEN BAY PACKERS -3