New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks NFL Betting Preview
The second Sunday Night Football game of the 2020 season is a scintillating one as the 1-0 Seattle Seahawks host the 1-0 New England Patriots. The Patriots ran consistently in their Week 1 win with newcomer Cam Newton leading the way, while the Seahawks had Russell Wilson throw all over the Falcons on Sunday.
This matchup of MVP-caliber quarterbacks should be a fun one. The showdown is scheduled for an 8:20 pm ET kickoff at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field on Sunday on NBC.
These teams last met in November of 2016, as the Seahawks won at New England 31-24. They most famously met in Super Bowl XLIX, with the Patriots winning 28-24 on a fourth-quarter interception of a Wilson pass at the goal line.
The Patriots last won in Seattle in 2008, with Tom Brady at quarterback, and the teams are 9-9 head-to-head all time.
New England Patriots Outlook: Rejuvenated Cam
The Patriots started a new era on Sunday without Brady as Newton took the reins for Bill Belichick’s squad and beat Miami 21-11. Newton threw just 19 times, completing 15 passes for 155 yards.
But he ran 15 times for a team-high 75 yards and scored twice on the ground, unleashing a new Black Panther celebration in place of his old Superman finishing move.
After Newton’s 75 yards, the next best running output came from Sony Michel, who had 10 rushes for 37 yards and a touchdown. Rex Burkhead ran seven times for 32 yards, and overall, the Patriots tallied 217 yards on 43 carries (5.2 yards per carry).
Veteran wide receiver Julian Edelman caught five balls for 57 yards, while wide receiver N’Keal Harry caught five balls for 39 yards. Newton found running back James White three times for 30 yards, and tight end Ryan Izzo had the longest pass play of the day with a 25-yard reception.
The Patriots defense made life tough for Ryan Fitzpatrick with three interceptions and one sack. The Pats also had seven tackles for loss and held the Dolphins run game to 3.2 yards per carry with 87 yards on 27 carries.
Seattle Seahawks Outlook: Spread the Ball Around
The Seahawks traveled cross country and put 38 points on the Atlanta Falcons in a 13-point win to open the season. Wilson was fantastic with 322 yards passing and four touchdowns while completing 31-of-35 passes. He also led the rushing attack with 29 yards on three carries.
The run game outside of Wilson was concerning for the Seahawks, as Carlos Hyde ran seven times for 23 yards, and Chris Carson ran six times for just 21 yards. Hyde had a rushing touchdown, while 28 of Wilson’s 29 yards came on one scramble.
The receiving corps had a big day, led by D.K. Metcalf’s four catches for 95 yards and a touchdown. Tyler Lockett had eight catches for 92 yards, and Carson was a factor in the passing game with six catches for 45 yards and two touchdowns.
New tight end Greg Olsen had a touchdown reception and hauled in four catches for 24 yards.
The defense was great against the run, allowing just 72 yards on 21 carries, but got torched through the air with 450 yards allowed, as Matt Ryan went 37-of-54. Three different Falcons receivers went over 100 yards. Seattle’s Quandre Diggs had an interception while both Jamal Adams and Benson Mayowa had sacks.
New England Patriots at Seattle Seahawks Betting Lines at Payperhead247
- Patriots spread: +4 (+100) Patriots moneyline: +176
- Seahawks spread: -4 (-120) Seahawks moneyline: -210
- Over/Under: 45.5 (+100, U -120)
Belichick is notorious for taking things away from teams, so if he attempts to corral Wilson, the Seattle running game has to step up. The Pats defense was brilliant against Fitzpatrick and the Dolphins, but this is a much better opponent this week and a tough place to play, even without fans.
Keep an eye on the situation in Seattle this week with the air quality from wildfires that forced the movement of Seattle Mariners-San Francisco Giants midweek games as they could impact this matchup.
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Gameadvisers Free Pick: Seahawks -4 (-120)