Patriots vs Seahawks SNF Betting Odds, Picks and Preview
This week’s edition of Sunday Night Football is a rematch of 2015’s Super Bowl 49. Sure, many of the pieces on the field have changed but both head coaches remain and are now employing vastly different offensive strategies. These changes in style will have a direct effect on betting lines. As always, all odds are brought to you by our good friends at FanDuel.
Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll has always championed a run-heavy, smashmouth offense in Seattle which at times took away from Russell Wilson’s ability to move the ball through the air. If Week 1 is any indication, Carroll is letting Wilson and the Seahawks fly, Seahawks fly (sorry Eagles fans). Wilson went off for 322 passing yards and four touchdowns on a ridiculous 88.6 percent completion rate. Not only did the Seattle quarterback set the completion rate franchise record but came away with NFC Offensive Player of the Week honors.
Wilson also led the team with 29 rushing yards which probably made the usual run happy Carroll cringe a little bit but further shows a commitment to the passing game. In fact, Seattle ran the ball only 20 times compared to 35 pass attempts. All signs post to Russell cooking up a storm against New England. Perhaps pigskin endzone chowder is on the menu for his receivers.
Any Time Touchdown Scorer – Greg Olsen +290
DK Metcalf +155, Tyler Lockett +145
On the other side of the field, Head Coach Bill Belichick waved goodbye to Tom Brady and basically the entire 20-year-old pass-heavy offensive playbook. Enter Cam Newton and a whole new formula from the Patriots enigmatic play-calling genius.
The former Panther responded in Week 1, rushing for 75 yards on 15 attempts with a pair of touchdowns. Belichick’s use of Newton was by design and who can argue with the results. The 21-11 win over Miami improved Newton’s record to 25-7-1 in games he rushes 10 or more times.
In Brady’s final season as a Patriot, he averaged 38 pass attempts per game. Newton went 15 of 19 through the air and had more rushing attempts than any Patriots quarterback since 2000.
No team ran more than New England in Week 1 as the Patriots racked up 217 yards on the ground on a league-high 42 attempts. The run should continue to be a priority as New England is thin on receivers to begin with and top weapons Julian Edelman and N’Keal Harry are banged up.
Any Time Touchdown Scorer – Cam Newton +230
First Touchdown Scorer – Cam Newton +1200
To Score 2+ Touchdowns: Cam Newton +1800
The Seahawks as only a four-point favorite at home seems low but you can never count out Belichik’s ability to keep his team hanging around in games. That being said, New England really only sealed their win over a much less talented Miami team late in the fourth quarter and now leave their friendly confines for a trip to Seattle.
Sure, the Seahawks won’t have their “12th man” as Covid restrictions ban fans from the stands but you can’t completely dismiss Seattle’s home-field advantage. Seattle shines under the bright lights going 19-3 in home primetime games since 2010 and has the second-best home record in the NFL since 2012.
If this line dips to a favorite friendly -3, hit it hard but also feel pretty confident taking the ‘Hawks to cover four points.
Seahawks cover (-4) -105
Alternate Spread: Seahawks (-6.5) +130
Winning Margin: Seahawks (1 to 6) +130
Quick Hit Trends
Patriots are 0-4-1 against the spread following a win.
Patriots are 0-4-1 against the spread against a team with a winning record
Seahawks are 3-1-1 in their last five as a favorite
Seahawks hit the over in 7 of past 10 games following a cover
The Over (44.5 in this game) is 5-0 in the last five head-to-head meetings