Monday Night Football Odds, Predictions & Picks - Seahawks vs. Bills

Joe Catalano

Thursday, November 3, 2016 9:37 PM UTC

Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016 9:37 PM UTC

The Bills (4-4) face a major test this Monday night as they can ill-afford to drop below the .500 mark and in their way is a matchup against the Seahawks (4-2-1) and the "Legion Of Boom". This is also a test for Seattle as they're coming off of a disappointing loss and their offense has been quite ineffective as of late. See who we like in what should be a competitive week 9 matchup.


"The Real McCoy"

Landing LeSean McCoy was one of the best moves that Rex Ryan has made in his mediocre tenure as Bills coach as McCoy has proven to be the player that he first was when entered the NFL as a member of the Philadelphia Eagles. The big question here is "Will LeSean McCoy play against Seattle?"

Without McCoy in the offensive scheme, the Buffalo Bills aren't nearly as effective and in order for them to have a legitimate shot at winning this game, LeSean McCoy must play.

McCoy didn't play last week due to injury and is coming off of a 150 yard performance against the Los Angeles Rams 2 weeks ago. For the season, McCoy has rushed 598 yards and 6 TD's on 5.3 yards per carry. McCoy's playing status is unknown at this point and the latest news is that he's practicing, but nothing extensive. I look for McCoy to give it a go on Monday night as this is a huge game for the Buffalo's playoff hopes and the Seattle defense is one of the best in the NFL.

 Ineffective Seahawks Offense

All you had to do is watch the Arizona Cardinals dominate the Seattle Seahawks in a 6-6 tie 2 weeks ago in a game that nobody seemed to want to win and you can see that the Seahawks have problems offensively. Russell Wilson did come through towards the end of that game and although he's not listed on the injury list,  but make no mistake about it, he's battling injuries.

This isn't the same running quarterback that has thrown opposing defenses on their heels with his ability to run and pass the football. Wilson has thrown just 5 touchdowns thru 7 games this season to go along with 1812 yards passing this season. The numbers say it all as Wilson has averaged just 9 yards rushing per game in his last 5 games and that's not the way Russell Wilson win's football games.

Head coach, Pete Carroll, has made a point of saying that running back, C.J. Prosise, will be more involved in the Seattle offense for the rest of the season as Prosise is coming off of a game in which he gained 103 overall yards with 80 yards coming on 4 receptions in the loss to the Saints. The combination of Christine Michael and Prosise will be a key to this game in an attempt to take the predictability away from the Seattle offense.


"The Old Jimmy Graham"

Seattle would be thrilled if tight end Jimmy Graham played the way that he did as a member of the New Orleans Saints. Thus far, in his second season in a Seahawks uniform, Graham hasn't been the producer that he was with the Saints. That said, Russell Wilson has targeted Graham more frequently in the last few games and Graham has responded.

In his last 3 games, Graham has been targeted 26 times with 18 receptions for a total of 302 yards and 1 touchdown. Seattle need's Graham to continue to be the "game-changer" that he was with the Saints as he's one of the best tight ends in the NFL when he's at his best. I look for Wilson and Graham to hook-up often in this game as Wilson has proven that he's not going to take off with the football and run with it.

Normally, Seattle would be a "slam dunk" in a game like this, but they've been an ineffective football team offensively as of late. Add in the injury to LeSean McCoy and the under is the safe week 9 NFL prediction in this situation.

 Free NFL Pick: Under 43 1/2 (-110)Best Line Offered: at 5Dimes

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