Sunday Night Football Week 10 – Seattle Seahawks at New England Patriots – Free Preview and Prediction
Bettors and fans alike are in for a treat this Sunday night in what could end up being a Super Bowl preview. Seattle travels to Foxboro to take on the Patriots, in a game that has a higher total than most likely expected.
The Patriots opened as -7.5 favorites. Over 70 percent of bets have come in on New England since the odds opened. The line hasn’t moved off -7.5, however. As of this writing, BetOnline’s odds are Seahawks +7.5 (-115) and New England -7.5 (-105).
The total opened at 48.5 points. Betting action has been mostly split, with slightly more wagers coming in on the under. The total has risen just a half point from the opener. At most online sportsbooks, it sits at 49 points.
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The Patriots – The AFC’s Best
Some were down on New England heading into the year. They worried about Tom Brady’s four-game suspension and how the team might have to climb out of potential 0-4 or 1-3 hole without him. The Patriots won three out of those four games with their backup quarterbacks, and they haven’t lost a game since.
The team they lost to was the Buffalo Bills. They faced them once again at Buffalo in Week 8 and beat them handily, 41-25. The win improved their record to 7-1, currently tied with Dallas for the best record in football.
The Patriots have a few guys that are banged up, but that are expected to play this week. The bye week has a big help get healthy for the most part.
The Seahawks – Kings in The West Again
Many thought the Cardinals would repeat as NFC West Champions this year, but so far the Seahawks appear to be the dominant team in this division. Seattle is coming off a short week after beating the Bills 31-25 at home last week. The win put their record on the season at 5-2-1. They are currently first in the NFC West.
Defensively, Seattle has been slouching a bit. However, they will return strong safety Kam Chancellor this week after being out for the much of the year. He will be a huge upgrade to their defense, especially when it comes to run stopping.
They have a few other injury concerns, most importantly at running back. Christine Michael popped up on the injury report late this week, and his status for Sunday is up in the air. Thomas Rawls will not return this week. C.J. Prosise, an exciting rookie running back, will handle a full workload if he can’t suit up.
I don’t typically project big offensive days from teams playing the Seahawks, but Tom Brady has done extremely well against them, including Pete Carroll’s coaching staff in recent years. They shouldn’t have any issues moving the ball against their defense, but I do worry about Seattle’s offense.
Russell Wilson was once a dual-threat with his legs, but due to several ankle injuries this season – he hasn’t been running at all. Without his dual-threat abilities, this offense is a lot less potent. We’ve seen that the past few weeks with Seattle’s low point totals, aside from last week’s game at Buffalo.
New England shouldn’t have any issues winning this one by a fair margin. Brady has success against Seattle’s scheme and unlike other teams – they won’t waste their time running the ball. Look for Brady to throw 45-55 times and hurt the Seahawks over the middle where they are most vulnerable.
Pick: Patriots -7.5