Fresh off a loss in the Super Bowl, the Seahawks open their preseason season against a familiar foe in the Denver Broncos. Let's run over the NFL odds for Friday's NFL action.
For the most part, we find the Seahawks favored by 4.5 points, but there are a couple sites that are offering 5 for the taking. On the moneyline, Seattle is in the -200 to -215 range, with Denver listed at +175.
If it's a total play you're most interested in, you can find the number at 37 points for now. Preseason tends to see much lower-scoring games, which explains the number for Friday.
If you've already forgotten somehow, the Seahawks came one win away from repeating as Super Bowl champions last season. They ended up losing 28-24 to the Patriots, this after overcoming Green Bay and Carolina in the postseason.
It was another special season out of Russell Wilson, who carried the offense on his back at times throughout 2014. That Seattle defense was as stingy as ever, while Wilson got a lot of help offensively from running back Marshawn Lynch, who ran for 1,306 yards and 13 rushing touchdowns to go with 367 receiving yards and four additional scores through the air. Doug Baldwin was the team's leading receiver last season, but he's going to be giving up some looks to new arrival, Jimmy Graham.
Graham was the prized acquisition for the franchise over the offseason and should immediately instill some more life into that Seahawks offense. Wilson in particular will be thrilled to have another target to rely on. With Wilson/Lynch/Graham leading the offense and that stout Seattle D returning for another round, not to mention one of the best head coaches and home-field advantages in the business, we can expect the Seahawks to be a force again in 2015.
The Broncos entered last year's playoffs as one of the top contenders to win it all, and they were high on confidence after cruising through the regular season with only four losses.
Oh how disappointing things ended for Denver. The Broncos received a first-round BYE thanks to their regular season exploits, but they suffered a heart-breaking 24-13 loss AT HOME to Indianapolis to send them packing. It was an ultra disappointing finish for Denver, especially since Peyton Manning (39:15 TD:INT ratio) and company were so dominant at times in the regular season.
Have we seen any major changes ahead of the 2015 season? Well, there wasn't really much that was needed, but Owen Daniels was brought on to be the new starting tight end, with first round draft pick Shane Ray expected to help out the defense. You have to figure the Broncos will be right there in the mix for the playoffs again, but will they be able to avoid a collapse when it matters the most?
It's not very often you see a spread this high in preseason action, but it looks like odds makers are really liking Seattle's chances here in the opener.
We know we'll be seeing a cautious approach from both head coaches as they look to have their best players healthy heading into Week 1. There's a good chance neither Manning or Wilson even play one series, so we'll be seeing plenty of backups taking the field, and that should hold true all across the field.
We've got to narrow down our NFL picks somehow though, and we do have an inkling the Broncos may be worth backing as five-point dogs. They've added even more reinforcements to an already strong squad, and they should have one of the most balanced teams out there in the league this season. We look for Denver to come out hungry to make a good first impression in what's going to be a legacy-defining campaign for the franchise.
NFL Pick: Denver Broncos +5 at GT Bets