Well, at least the primetime games are starting to get better on Sunday Night Football. I expect a few eyeballs turned in to this one, as the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots take flight at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. The Seahawks are playing on a short week following their Monday night contest against the Buffalo Bills. It was a hard fought game, but the Seahawks were ultimately able to get out of Monday night with a win to their credit. It wasn’t pretty though, with the Bills pushing them to the brink of disaster. The Seahawks turn their attention away from one AFC East foe and look to another. The opponent is a little stronger and more intimidating, as the Patriots welcome the Seahawks to the east coast for a party in Foxboro. Certainly Bill Belichick looks like the kind of guy who loves a good party. We’ll see how gracious of hosts the Patriots are to the Seahawks tonight. Tom Brady and the Pats have their eyes set on a much bigger prize, but the Hawks are a stepping stone to getting there.
The Patriots stepped on their faces in the Super Bowl two years ago, beating them off a Malcolm Butler interception with seconds left on the clock. It’s been a while now, and the Seahawks and their fans are still a bit shell shocked over what transpired in that game. The stage was set for the Seahawks to win, it was looking like the Giants all over again after a perfectly deflected ball landed in the lap of a Seahawks’ receiver. However, instead of running the ball on the 2-yard line with Marshawn Lynch, they passed it with Russell Wilson and the rest is history. We’ll do it all over again in Foxboro tonight. The Patriots are coming off a bye, with their last game coming against the Bills as well. It went a bit easier for the Patriots, who ended up dispatching them by a score of 41-25. That one was a little bit of revenge for the Patriots. Let’s get to the pick for this bona fide matchup between the Seattle Seahawks and New England Patriots on Sunday Night Football.
Seattle Seahawks vs. New England Patriots NFL Betting Odds:
vs. Patriots -7.5(-110)
Odds provided by Bovada.lv
Seahawks vs. Patriots Pick:
This is actually the first time the Seahawks and Patriots have played since the Super Bowl. I thought that a rematch was scheduled a year ago, but no, the NFL waited another year to pit these two against one another. The Seahawks were featured on SNF a few weeks back, which was possible the worst game of the year. The Cardinals missed their chance on a chip-shot field goal in overtime, and then the Seahawks returned the favor and missed themselves. The end result was a tie. It was pretty hard to fathom that the Cardinals didn’t win that game, because the Seahawks were outplayed severely and it wasn’t even close. In all statistical categories, the Cardinals were a better team. The Seahawks followed that game up with a loss to the New Orleans Saints and the narrow win against the Bills on MNF.
So, the Seahawks get a primetime game back-to-back pretty much, but they’re going to be playing on a short week. Short weeks against the Patriots don’t bode so well for opposing teams. Additionally, the Pats have had a bye week to prepare for this one. Do you want a stat? Tom Brady has yet to throw an interception this season. Nope, although he has tossed 12 touchdowns, though. His completion ratio is a staggering 73.9 percent. Despite being without Brady for four games, the Patriots are 7th in the NFL, averaging 380.2 yards per game. They are also scoring 27 points a game.
Defensively the Seahawks have slipped backwards. They are not the same juggernaut known as the Legion of Boom. The Seahawks are 9th in the NFL in terms of total defense at the moment, which is a stark contrast compared to where they were a year or two ago. Nobody is scared to play them anymore. And actually, the Patriots are allowing less points than the Seahawks, with the Pats allowing 16.5 points a game to the Seahawks’ 16.8 a game. Betting against the Patriots in primetime, in a big game is foolish. I expect them to be pretty motivated to defeat the Seahawks in this Super Bowl matchup. They should be able to take advantage of a bad offensive line, overrated defense, and a team playing on short rest. The Patriots win and cover this spread.
PICK: PATRIOTS -7.5 (-110)