Seattle Seahawks vs. Denver Broncos Free Pick, Odds, Prediction 9/21/14
Denver Broncos (2-0) at Seattle Seahawks (1-1)
NFL Football: Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 4:25 pm (CenturyLink Field)
The Line: Seattle Seahawks -4.5 -- Over/Under: 48.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CBS HD
The Denver Broncos head to Seattle on Sunday to face off against Seattle, giving the Broncos a shot at a bit of redemption for last season’s Super Bowl loss.
The Seattle Seahawks suffered their first loss of the season this past weekend, falling to the San Diego Chargers 30-21. The Seahawks were in the game the entire way, but Seattle employed a very strong game plan against this Seahawk D, keeping this secondary on their toes. Russell Wilson’s stats weren’t bad, throwing for two scored and keeping the ball out of the hands of the Chargers secondary, but Wilson was also sacked twice, putting Seattle in a tough spot. One thing that was surprising in this one was the lack of touches Lynch and Harvin received. Lynch had just six carries on the day, and while you could make the argument that Carroll and company are trying to keep him fresh for the late season run, Seattle as a whole had just 13 carries on the day. The defense for Seattle had trouble containing these small quick wide receivers for San Diego, and while I don’t at all believe the talk that the Seattle secondary was exposed, it did show that they can be beat.
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The Denver Broncos are still good. The Broncos took care of business at home this past weekend, defeating the Kansas City Chiefs, but things were a bit tighter than most were expecting. The Broncos put up just 24 points on the day, and at one point were trailing the Chiefs in the second quarter. Denver was the beneficiary of some questionable calls at the end of the first half, aiding the Broncos in gaining a solid 21-10 lead at the break. The Chiefs didn’t give in however, and Kansas City had a shot to tie things up at the end of the fourth quarter, but Smith’s pass fell short, ensuring the win for the Broncos. Peyton Manning was excellent again for the Broncos, throwing three touchdowns on the day, while completing 21/26 against the KC secondary. Montee Ball was effective on the ground for the Broncos on Sunday, and if Denver is going to be successful this week in Seattle, Ball will need to be a large part of this offense in the screen and draw game, to take some pressure off of Manning.
The Denver Broncos are 6-3 against the spread in their last nine non-conference games, and the Seahawks are an incredible 6-0 ATS in their last six games when favored between 3.5 and 7 points.
When you talk about Seattle at home, it’s either the Seahawks or a pass for me as I do not like to get in front of this juggernaut on their home turf. The Broncos aren’t looking as solid as a year ago right now, as Kansas City should not have been hanging around in Denver as long as they did, and the Broncos have now allowed comebacks from the Colts and the Chiefs. There is the Super Bowl angle here for the Broncos, but Seattle will be coming back home after a loss, and after all the talk that this defense was exposed last week, you know Sherman and company will be pumped up for this one. Also, I don’t like the way the Broncos wide outs match up against the Seahawks secondary. This secondary does extremely well against larger receivers and if you take Thomas and Thomas out of the equation for the Broncos, they will likely be extremely limited. I’m on Seattle by double digits here on Sunday.