NFL Week 1 Seahawks vs Falcons predictions and best bets
Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks are always considered a contender to win the Super Bowl. Meanwhile, the Atlanta Falcons are always overlooked by another team in the division. Usually, it is the New Orleans Saints, but this year it’s Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. As we reviewed all of the free picks against the spread for the first week of the season, we did a thorough review before making any Seahawks vs Falcons predictions for this week 1 matchup.
Public sold on Seattle
The public does not like Atlanta in the opener. Maybe they are still bitter from the Falcons blowing a Super Bowl, or maybe they like Wilson. Either way, they are betting on the road team in this contest. Over 74 percent of the wagers that have come in on this game is on the Seahawks. This is causing some minor betting line movement according to our top sportsbooks. Seattle started (-1) and is now (-2) or higher in the betting market.
Wrong team favored
How are the Seahawks the favorite in this game? The Seahawks offensive line is not very good. Wilson makes up for it with his mobility, but the front line can be exposed. On defense, the Seahawks defense will see an inspired Todd Gurley running the ball. Many believe that he may have lost a step, but he has to be accounted for. That will allow the lengthy and talented wide receiving corps of Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley to take advantage of the secondary.
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Don’t underestimate the defense
The Falcons defense has been bad at times under Dan Quinn but look for a resurgence this season. The additions of free-agent pass-rusher Dante Fowler Jr., first-round cornerback A.J. Terrell, and second-round defensive lineman Marlon Davidson add to a defense that is going to improve. Defensive coordinator Raheem Morris instantly improved the defense a year ago when he began to call defensive plays. This change will be evident on day one.
Seahawks vs Falcons predictions
The Seahawks are 0-4-1 against the spread (ATS) in the last four meetings and always start slow at the betting window. The Seahawks are 3-7-1 ATS in their last 11 games in September and 0-4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in Week 1. The Falcons are 10-4 ATS in their last 14 games as a home underdog and get the victory in week 1.