In Week 1 of the 2020 regular season, the Seattle Seahawks will travel across country to take on the Atlanta Falcons in a battle of the birds.
Seattle enters the season as a trendy sleeper pick to win the NFC Conference. They’re also expected to battle the San Francisco 49ers for the NFC West division title where it could come down to the final game of the regular season.
The Atlanta Falcons come into the season with high expectations from their fan base, but most pundits and critics believe this team will finish 3rd in their division and miss out on the Playoffs.
Can Seattle come out of the gates winning as expected or will Atlanta shock the Seahawks and prove their critics wrong? Kickoff inside the Mercedes-Benz Stadium is at 1 PM ET.
Seattle and Atlanta have played against each other 19 total times with the Seahawks holding the all-time advantage at 11-8.
Last year, Seattle traveled to Atlanta and defeated the Falcons by the score of 27-20. Surprisingly, Atlanta has had the Seahawks number over the last 13 years. Since 2007, Atlanta is 6-3 against Seattle and are 3-2 against the Seahawks at home.
As mentioned, Seattle (0-0) has become a trendy pick to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl this year. The Seahawks have added many pieces on both sides of the ball and have improved the depth and talent on their roster.
Led by Russell Wilson, Seattle is poised to contend for the NFC West title in addition to making a deep run in the postseason. With an improved offensive line, Wilson could be in the conversation for MVP this year.
Atlanta (0-0) lost a lot of talent on both sides of the ball this offseason and didn’t do a great job in replacing the departures. Their biggest moves were signing Todd Gurley to be their starting running back and trading for TE Hayden Hurst.
The Falcons should be competitive on the offensive side of the ball, but their defense has too many question marks and a lack of top shelf talent. It’s easy to see why they’re being picked to miss the Playoffs again.
Depending on which football betting sites you are looking at, the spread for this game opened at a range of Even to Seattle favored by -1.5 points. Currently, the spread sits at -2 points in favor of the Seahawks. The Over/Under opened at 48.5 total points, but has moved up slightly to 49 points at most online betting sites.
Head to Head Betting Trends
Atlanta is 6-4 SU in last 10 meetings
The Falcons are 6-4 ATS in last 10 matchups
Seattle is 0-3 ATS in last three meetings
The Over is 7-3 in last 10 head to head games.
Over is 4-2 in last six games in Atlanta
Seattle Seahawks Betting Trends
12-6 SU in last 18 overall games.
8-2 SU in last 10 road games.
9-4 SU in last 13 NFC games.
11-5 SU in last 16 games where spread is +3 to -3.
4-0 SU in last four Dome games.
1-4-1 ATS in last six overall games.
0-4-1 ATS in last five Week 1 games.
The Over is 7-1 in last eight NFC South games.
Atlanta Falcons Betting Trends
4-1 SU in last five games.
2-6 SU in last eight September games.
6-10 SU in last 16 games as the Underdog.
6-10 SU in last 16 games where spread is +3 to -3
4-1 ATS in last five games.
6-2 ATS in their last eight NFC games.
10-2 ATS in their last 12 NFC West games.
The Under is 6-2 in last eight home games.
NFL Pick: Seattle Seahawks – Moneyline (-137)
I am very bullish on the Seahawks this year. I love the additions they’ve made on both sides of the ball.
On the offense, Seattle added talent to the o-line along with more weapons for Wilson in the passing attack including TE Greg Olsen, WR Phillip Dorsett and re-signing Josh Gordon.
However, it’s defensively where Seattle has improved even more. Not only did they add draft picks and free agents to their front seven, but they now have the “Legion of Boom” 2.0. The Seahawks traded for S Jamal Adams and CB Quinton Dunbar which makes this secondary one of the best in the NFC.
Atlanta will always be a threat with Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Matt Ryan. But, their offensive line might take a step back this year and I have very little confidence in Todd Gurley and the Falcons rushing attack. Defensively, this team is average at best.
It’s now officially official. Todd Gurley has been named the starting RB for the Atlanta Falcons after the franchise released the depth chart for Week 1 against the Seattle Seahawks. pic.twitter.com/ULranIqEt1
Despite some of the trends for head to head meetings between these two teams, I believe Seattle is going to win this game outright. Yes, they’ve started off slow the last few seasons, but this team has more talent than Atlanta on both sides of the ball.
In last year’s matchup, Seattle jumped out to a 24-0 half time lead and held on to win the game 27-20. I see a similar score, but I don’t believe Seattle will jump out to that big of a lead. I expect the Falcons to score late to close the gap, but the Seahawks should win by a touchdown.
The Falcons defense gave up 24.9 ppg, 110.9 rushing ypg, and 355.8 total yards per game in 2019. I expect Seattle to surpass these marks on Sunday.
The Falcons are 2-6 SU in their last eight overall games, whereas Seattle is 9-4 SU in their last 13 NFC games and 4-0 SU in their last four games inside a dome.
Look for Wilson and company to steamroll the Atlanta defense and for the new Legion of Boom to put the handcuffs on the Falcons’ offense.
As a longtime freelance writer, avid sports fan, former athlete, and experienced sports bettor, Rick Rockwell has risen up the ranks at GamblingSites.org to become the self-professed "King of the Blog" in his first year with the site. ...
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