Pete Carroll's Seahawks Are A Great Value At Home In Preseason Week 2

Russell Wilson

Jordan Sharp

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 5:57 PM GMT

We are off to a hot start in our NFL Preseason picks! Through Week 1 and after a nice parlay hit on Sunday, I am looking to keep things going here in Week 2 between the Vikings and Seahawks. 

Could AP Play in the preseason?
Adrian Peterson has not logged a preseason carry in five years and he has not played at all in the preseason in three years. While his status doesn’t change a whole lot of the research and planning that goes into making a play on this preseason game, it’s interesting to note that the noise out of Vikings’ camp is that he could see some preseason work this year and possibly even Thursday against the Seahawks.

This is at least important to note that Peterson will likely only play a few series and may not even touch the ball more than once. However, if he does start this week against the Seahawks, it does add at least some minimal appeal for the Vikings.

The Vikings did play Teddy Bridgewater in the second quarter of their Week 1 preseason game, but that was only because the Bengals had two very long first quarter drives. Bridgewater looked bad in his first series but quickly turned things around in his second time out with the offense. He converted on three straight third downs and then after the final one he dropped a 49-yard bomb to Charles Johnson to get the Vikings on the board. Bridgewater will likely play into the second quarter again in this one, but he might get about three or four series this time around.

 

Seattle’s Week 2 game plan
Russell Wilson threw a pick in his brief time on the field in Week 1, so once he gets back out there for a few more series this week he will want to make up for that. There is no word yet on whether Thomas Rawls will take the field in the backfield, but Christine Michael looked great in his time on the field last week. If these two are running at their peaks, this rushing attack won’t miss a beat without the infamous Marshawn Lynch.

For Week 2, look for the Seahawks to hopefully build on their solid Week 1 performances from Michael and the offensive line. I expect Wilson to play at least three or four series and to score once or twice before he is taken out. That will lead to another good run for Trevone Boykin who looked great in Week 1 going 16/26 for 188 yards and a touchdown. He added 21 yards on the ground and looks like with another couple of good performances he is locked in as the Seahawks’ number two quarterback.

 

The Sharp Pick
Pete Carroll has always been a good preseason coach. He is at or above .500 in all four weeks of the preseason in his career and while he is only 3-3 SU in Week 2, I think the Seahawks get the victory here.

Bridgewater won’t have as much success on the road in Seattle as he did against some of the Bengals second-stringers in Week 1 and while Zimmer has put up a great start to his preseason coaching career, Carroll is 9-3 SU at home in the preseason since taking over in Seattle. He is also 7-1 in his last eight home preseason games. Right now the NFL odds have the Seahawks as -3½ favorites with a total of 38½. 

 

Free NFL Pick: Seahawks -3½ +105
Best Line Offered: at Pinnacle
NFL Preseason Record: (5-0 +5.37 units)

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