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

Nik Kowalski | Updated Sep 09, 2020

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With no fans at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Russell Wilson and the Seahawks are travelling East to kick off the 2020 NFL season against Matt Ryan and the Falcons.

Seattle
12-4
AT
September 13, 2020, 1:00 PM ET
Mercedes-Benz Stadium
Atlanta
4-12
Pointspread +1 -110
Moneyline -102
Over / Under o +49.5

72%

Betting Action

28%

Pointspread -1 -110
Moneyline -118
Over / Under u +49.5

72%

Betting Action

28%

The Seahawks lost in the NFL Divisional Round last season after going 11-5, while the Falcons missed the playoffs at 7-9 but did rattle off three-straight wins to end 2019–20.

Both clubs have made some slight roster adjustments going into a wide open NFC this fall.

NFL Point Spread and Betting Analysis

The Falcons have taken six of these teams’ last 10 meetings, with the over going 7-3. Seattle’s been reliant on their ground game against Atlanta, rushing for 126.8 yards per game in those 10 games.

Seattle beat Atlanta 27-20 in Week 8 last season, a game where Matt Schaub filled in for an injured Ryan and threw for 460 yards. D.K. Metcalf had two touchdowns for Seattle, while Atlanta’s Julio Jones went off for 10 catches and 152 yards.

Seattle’s only covered in one of their last six games and the Falcons ended 2019–20 4-1 ATS. Oddsmakers have the Hawks as a -1.5 favourite and a -128 favourite on the moneyline.

Seattle Seahawks

Entering his ninth NFL season, Wilson needs 266 passing yards to reach 30,000 on the career. Seattle has added some weapons for their MVP quarterback’s offence that ranked ninth in points per game last season (24.7).

Veteran tight end Greg Olsen, 35, came in via free agency after spending nine seasons in Carolina where he accumulated 6,463 yards and 39 touchdowns. Seattle also added insurance at running back behind Chris Carson, signing 1,000-yard rusher Carlos Hyde in the off-season.

On defence, the Seahawks lost 2014 first-overall pick Jadeveon Clowney to the Tennessee Titans, but acquired All-Pro safety Jamal Adams in a blockbuster trade with the New York Jets.

Atlanta Falcons

The Falcons will be looking to get off to a better start in 2020 after losing five of their last six in September. Ryan’s offence will have a new face in the backfield as 2015 first-round pick Todd Gurley signed a one-year deal with Atlanta. Gurley picked up nearly 7,500 total yards in five seasons with the Rams, but had his lowest career totals in 2019–20.

After losing tight end Austin Hooper to Cleveland, the Falcons brought in former Baltimore Raven Hayden Hurst to complement Gurley, Jones, and Calvin Ridley as Ryan’s main options.

The Falcons defence is without cornerback Desmond Trufant (cut), defensive end Vic Beasley (Titans), and linebacker De’Vondre Campbell (Cardinals). Dante Fowler Jr. was the Falcons’ top defensive acquisition — the 2015 third-overall pick recorded a career-high 11.5 sacks last year.

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