How to Bet on Seahawks vs. Broncos Preseason Match

Jordan Sharp

Tuesday, August 5, 2014 8:32 AM GMT

Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014 8:32 AM GMT

In a rematch of last year’s Super Bowl the Seahawks head into Denver this Thursday night to help kick off Week 1 of the NFL preseason. The NFL odds have the Broncos as slight -1 favorites, with a total of 37 ½. 

Seahawks’ Title Defense
Even though the regular season is still over a month away, the Seahawks’ title defense technically starts this week. Playing the team they demolished in the preseason is the NFL’s way of giving us a slight taste of a rematch, even though it will only feel like that for a few series.

Seattle didn’t lose many starters from their 2013 team, but they did lose a lot of depth, an area they thrived in last season. However the starters they did lose were crucial, especially on the defensive end. Both of their starting defensive ends from last season are in Jacksonville, and their starting right corner from a year ago is now in New England.

For this game, Pete Carroll is likely going to try and win the game no matter what string of players are in the game. He is currently 4-0 SU in Week 1 of the preseason in his career, and he has a lot of depth chart updating to do this season.

 

Road to Redemption
For the Broncos, a win in this game may give them more than just a meaningless victory; it might be a time to finally put last season’s beat down behind them. Not only do the Broncos have that motivation going for them, but also their head coach isn’t bad in Week 1 of the NFL preseason. In his combined NFL head-coaching career with the Panthers and Broncos, Fox is 8-4 SU in Week 1 of the preseason.

With a ton of depth on both sides of the ball, it will be interesting to see what Fox does in this game. It wouldn’t surprise me to see Peyton Manning only get one series in this game, but if it’s a three and out I could see him getting two.

Even after Manning and the starters leave the game, the second stringers of the Broncos are all good too. Ronnie Hillman will likely run with the starters after Montee Ball got an appendectomy this week, but even without Hillman in the second unit, Brock Osweiler should still have some nice options to get the ball to.

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The Sharp Pick
Not only will the Broncos want to get some redemption for themselves, but in front of their home fans you have to believe they will want to get a win and some redemption for them as well. With Carroll and the Seahawks likely more focused on evaluating some of their team, I see that giving the Broncos the edge here. Combine that with Fox’s preseason record in Week 1, and you have a perfect storm for a Bronco win.

Not only do the Broncos look better from the outside, but after Russell Wilson’s few series in this game, the Seahawks only have Tavaris Jackson and Terrelle Pryor to turn to. At +100 in a few places like Pinnacle, the Broncos are the play here.

My Free NFL Pick: Broncos +100 

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