Seahawks vs. Broncos Point Spread: NFL Week 1 Odds, Prediction

David Bastl | Updated Sep 06, 2018

The rebuild is officially underway for the Seattle Seahawks, as they welcome some 20 new players to the line-up heading to the Mile High City for the opening game of the season.

Seattle
10-6
AT
September 09, 2018, 4:25 PM ET
Empower Field at Mile High
Denver
6-10
Pointspread +3 +115
Moneyline +160
Over / Under o +42.5

37%

Betting Action

63%

Pointspread -3 -135
Moneyline -190
Over / Under u +42.5

37%

Betting Action

63%

The Broncos defence looks as good as ever, and on offence, they welcome a new signal-caller. Odds makers have the Broncos favourite by -3 points in this game.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The last time these two teams met was not a memorable one for the Broncos, but a very good one for the Seahawks, as they won Super Bowl XLVIII with a convincing 43-8 win. Since then the Broncos have used a number of starting quarterbacks and this time around is no different, as Case Keenum will get the start. The Seahawks have not been great the last two years in the month of September, just 1-5 ATS in their last six games, while the Broncos have been very good, with an impressive 7-1-1 ATS record in their last nine games in that month.

Seattle Seahawks

After last year’s 9-7 record failed to get the Seahawks into the post season, that mark again may feel like a dream. This off-season has been one of the busiest for the Seahawks in over a decade. The Legion of Boom is no more in the Pacific Northwest, gone are the likes of Cliff Avril, Michael Bennett, Richard Sherman, Sheldon Richardson, Kam Chancellor (injury), and with Earl Thomas still holding out, this defence is a shell of past glory.

There is some good news in the Emerald City, and it’s all about quarterback Russell Wilson. If the 29 year-old pivot can return to an All-Pro level, there seems to be enough talent on offence to compete. Drafting running back Rashaad Penny with a first round pick indicates the team will have a run-first mentality. Wilson also still has a number of receiving targets like Doug Baldwin, Tyler Lockett and veteran Brandon Marshall looks to like a comeback after an injury-riddled season with the New York Giants. The Seahawks did not look impressive in the pre-season, going 0-4 in four games.

Denver Broncos

The Broncos quarterback situation looks a lot different than it did last year at this time. Gone is starter Trevor Siemian (Vikings) and Paxton Lynch (Bills). Enter free agent quarterback Case Keenum who enjoyed a breakout season last year with the Vikings at the tender age of 29. Now 30, Keenum has nobody looking over his shoulder as he tries to lead an under-achieving Broncos team that finished 5-11 last year.

Earlier this week, the team announced that Royce Freeman will be the club’s starting running back.  Freeman was selected with the 71st pick in this year’s draft and has been compared to Jonathan Stewart. Freeman isn’t the only rookie expected to make an impact on the Broncos this season. First round pick Bradley Chubb will start opposite All-World defender Von Miller on a defensive line that should cause many headaches for Wilson and company Sunday afternoon.

Seahawks vs. Broncos Prediction

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