It sure is great having NFL football back! We’ve had an exciting first two days of pre-season action, and even though results are often up in the air and it can be quite unpredictable, it’s nice to have some betting action on the NFL. For Saturday’s slate, the games are staggered, which is helpful to watch more teams throughout the evening. The exhibition season really is a time for depth players to try and get noticed, and for coaches and management to see what they have in their young rookies.
Saturday’s early match-up between the Seahawks and the Chiefs will be no different. Seattle enters with extremely high expectations once again in 2016, surely feeling scorned about an early post-season exit last January, while the Chiefs will look to stay healthy this season, again returning a capable squad of doing some damage. A lot of the Chiefs issues were attributed to a stagnant offense led by quarterback Alex Smith. However, head coach Andy Reid recently went out and got his old buddy from Philadelphia, Nick Foles. It’ll be very interesting to watch that dynamic evolve throughout the remainder of the pre-season. This promises to be a match-up filled with intrigue at Arrowhead. Seattle has had to completely revamp their O-Line and running backs, while the Chiefs will be looking to get some offense going. Read on below for a detailed game breakdown and a prediction for this contest.
Seahawks vs. Chiefs Betting Odds:
Seattle Seahawks +3 (-110)
@ Kansas City Chiefs -3 (-110)
Over 35.5 (-110)
Under 35.5 (-110)
Betting odds provided by Bovada.lv
Seahawks vs. Chiefs Pick:
Both squads started out similarly in 2015 – tough stretches to begin the regular season, before storming back to qualify for the post-season. You can bet both Pete Carroll and Andy Reid won’t want to see that trend repeated this year. The way to change that could be more emphasis on pre-season action, though caution will likely reign supreme on Saturday afternoon.
That said, it seems like the Chiefs will give their starters a decent run of things against a solid Seattle defense to kick-off the football game. It is believed that Andy Reid will give Alex Smith the full first quarter with the first-teamers, a good sign compared to most NFL coaches who won’t promise beyond a series. With Pete Carroll, Seattle’s starters are still not released, though history suggests we won’t be treated to anything more than a series or two – especially for Russell Wilson. Running back Thomas Rawls is also out, and look for Christine Michael to take carries in the backfield. The duo should try to fill in this season with the absence of ‘Beast Mode’ Marshawn Lynch.
Where these teams are separated should be at the tail-end of the first quarter, when Kansas City’s starters take on Seattle’s back-ups, and in the second quarter when an eager Nick Foles gets in some work. Foles remains a talented QB and has had success under Reid’s tutelage in the past. Don’t be surprised to see Foles get many reps this season as the QB1, despite Smith’s long-term history in Kansas City. It’s also worth noting that it was Foles who beat the Seahawks last season as the Rams starting quarterback.
There seem to be a lot of moving parts and some uncertainty for Seattle entering their first pre-season contest. With five new starters in new positions on the offensive line, that isn’t something that will just click instantly. Moreover, it’s expected starting running back Thomas Rawls will be out, as will tight end Jimmy Graham – both limiting Wilson’s options. Beyond Wilson, it remains to be seen what their depth is like as it certainly doesn’t match what the Chiefs offer with Aaron Murray and Tyler Bray behind two legitimate starting QB’s. It is expected that Trevonne Boykin, the rookie, will be Wilson’s back-up and should get a bunch of time on Saturday. It will be interesting to see how he fares in his very first taste of NFL action, especially going against of the NFL’s best front-seven’s in Kansas City.
Ultimately it seems like a lot of the positive momentum entering this contest sides with the Kansas City Chiefs. Alex Smith feels some pressure from Foles, and knows he’ll need to show well. Foles is a great second quarter option in terms of pre-season betting, and Aaron Murray and Tyler Bray should provide no letdown in the second half. The depth and health tilt the balance to Andy Reid’s Chiefs, so look for K.C. to send their own fans home happy on Saturday. Side with Kansas City over Seattle.
PICK = Chiefs -3 (-110)