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Packers vs. Seahawks Week 1 Odds, Spread Picks & Score Prediction

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The Super Bowl banner will be raised for the first time ever at CenturyLink Field, where the Seattle Seahawks will open up the 2014 NFL season against the Green Bay Packers.

The Packers, who are amongst the favorites in the NFC in their own right on the NFL betting lines, are 5.5-point dogs in the opening game of the season; the ‘total’ chimes in at 45.


PACKERS-SEAHAWKS THURSDAY NIGHT WEEK 1 ODDS:

OPEN: SEAHAWKS -5.5 | CURRENT: SEAHAWKS -5.5 | O/U: 45



1. Why the PACKERS will cover the spread: Green Bay very well could be one of the most underrated teams in the NFL. Remember, when this whole run of the Seahawks being unbeatable at home started, scab officials ended up ruining what should have been a Packers’ victory in primetime. QB Aaron Rodgers has the chance to be one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL this year, and though he doesn’t quite have the same quantity of weapons to choose from, there isn’t a duo of receivers that can blow a game open quite like WR Jordy Nelson and WR Randall Cobb.

The Packers are hurting defensively after losing DT BJ Raji for the rest of the season with an arm injury, but there is enough here to hold off the Seahawks if it turns out to be a tight game.


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2. Why the SEAHAWKS will cover the spread: It’s tough to argue with the champs. The team has been beaten exactly one time at home in the QB Russell Wilson era, and there is no doubt whatsoever that he has been the best quarterback in the league in the preseason. Granted, it’s tough to put all that much stock in these exhibition games, but Wilson has been dominating, leading the Seahawks to nine straight scoring drives he has run, seven of which have gotten all the way to the end zone.

This defense is at the top of its game, and it is only going to continue to get better as the season wears on. Simply put, this is the best team in the NFL, and any time the spread is even relatively close to a pick ‘em, it’s tough to think that the Seahawks can’t win and cover.


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3. Take the Over or Under?: With the new and improved Seahawks offense, there is a real chance that we could see them get into the 30s quite a bit this year. That said, thanks to this defense, Seattle went through a seven-game stretch from the end of the regular season through the team’s first two playoff games without exceeding a ‘total’, and it’s tough to go the other direction from there.

However, the Packers scored at least 20 points in each of their last five games of the season last year, and much of that was done without Rodgers calling the shots. The potential is there to do better than that, even against this defense.


4. Betting Trends for PACKERS/SEAHAWKS: The Seahawks are 8-2 ATS in their last 10 games including going 2-1 ATS in the postseason and closing out the regular season with covers in six out of seven. That said, the Packers have had their way in this series. Green Bay is 3-1-2 ATS in the last six games, and as we started before, if not for the joke in primetime with the scab refs in 2012, the Pack would be 4-0-2 ATS in the last six instead.



PACKERS-SEAHAWKS WEEK 1 SCORE PREDICTION:

Seahawks 27 – Packers 24






Mike Rose

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MIke Rose is a leading sports writer for top sports betting news websites across the internet. Feel free to follow him at http://twitter.com/MikeRose77 and Google+ .

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MIke Rose is a leading sports writer for top sports betting news websites across the internet. Feel free to follow him at http://twitter.com/MikeRose77 and Google+ .