Who Will Record The Most Passing Yards Wild Card Weekend?
- Russell Wilson (EVEN)
- Dak Prescott (-140)
The NFL odds board is showing Cowboy’s quarterback Dak Prescott as the chalk over Russell Wilson in this battle between two mobile and talented quarterbacks. I can’t say I disagree, despite the fact that I loathe to pay the premium juice. Prescott delivered his best effort of the season in Week 17 when he scorched the Giants for 387 yards on 27-of-44 passing for and four touchdowns in the Cowboys’ 36-35 season finale. Now that’s not to say he will duplicate that effort against a much stingier Seahawk’s defense but Wilson is inclined to use his feet as much as his arm and garnered just 152 passing yards last week in their 27-24 win over the woeful Cardinals.
When these teams met early in the season in Seattle, it was Wilson who won the yardage contest, as well the game, when he put up 192 passing yards versus just 168 for Prescott. But times change, as do teams, and the season is a marathon not a sprint. Expect Prescott to be buoyed from his dazzling performance last week against the Giants and exploit a Seattle secondary that has been more porous down the stretch. The Dallas defense should bring plenty of heat on Russell Wilson, causing him to beat feet and thus throw less, than Prescott. Let’s go with Dak Prescott winning the passing game here.
Free NFL Pick: Prescott -140
Ezekiel Elliott Rushing Yards?
- Over 91½ (-120)
- Under 91½ (+100)
The last time Ezekiel Elliott suited up against the Seahawks he rushed for 127 yards on 16 carries giving him a nearly eight yards per carry average. Expect Elliott to exceed that total on Saturday as he has had two weeks to rest, relax, and prepare for this divisional round showdown. Over his last seven games Zeke has averaged almost 108 yards per game and let’s not forget that he did that with a litany of bumps and bruises with which he played through.
On Saturday, he will be ready to roll against a Seahawks’ run-stop unit that ranked 13th in the league, surrendering an average of 113.2 yards per game. Elliott is among the true elite backs in the game and clearing 92 yards or better should be a cakewalk after a two week reprieve. We believe the oddsmakers are giving us a generous total and we see the Seahawks defense more inclined to key on Dak Prescott and the Dallas passing game rather than commit to stopping the run and giving up the long ball. Seattle can’t afford to let this one get out of hand so expect double coverage on Amari Cooper while the linebackers cover the short stuff over the middle. There should be plenty of daylight for Zeke to ramble. Go high here in your NFL picks.
Free NFL Pick: Over 91½ rushing yards for Ezekiel Elliott