The Green Bay Backers face a stiff test in their opening outing of the NFL season as welcome the Seattle Seahawks to Lambeau field this Sunday, September 10th. The Packers won the NFC North last year with a record of 10-6 while Seattle topped the NFC West at 10-5-1.
Seahawks vs Packers Odds: bet365 NFL Betting Line:
- Point Spread: bet365 lists the Seahawks at +3 points at 20/11 with the Packers -3 points at 20/23
- Over/Under is 51 points with both at 10/11
Seahawks vs Packers Odds – Betting Trends:
- 2016 record: 11-6-1 straight up and 8-9-1 against the spread
- Seattle has gone 2-4 against the spread in their past six contests
- The total has been over in five of the Seahawks past seven games
- Seattle has gone 1-5 against the spread in their past six road games
Green Bay Packers:
- 2016 record: 12-7 straight up and 10-8-1 against the spread
- Green Bay has gone 4-1 against the spread in the past five contests
- Green Bay has gone 8-1 straight up in their past nine encounters
- The total been over in all of Green Bay’s past five games
Seahawks vs Packers Odds – A Closer Look at the Seattle Seahawks:
The Seattle Seahawks enjoyed a fine preseason by going unbeaten and they hope that continues in week one. They’re also hoping to have a healthier squad than last year when they were hit with numerous injuries. Seattle’s defense was the hardest hit in 2016 as safeties Earl Thomas III and Kam Chancellor went down during the campaign and the team paid for it on the scoreboard. The Seahawks need a healthy secondary to deal with the high-powered Packers’ offense. The front seven looks pretty strong for Seattle and the club recently acquired solid defensive lineman Sheldon Richardson from the New York Jets for even more depth.
It looks like the Seattle offense should be stronger this season. Wideout Doug Baldwin will be depended on in 2017 for his receiving skills while Jimmy Graham bounced back last year after being injured in 2015. Of course, Russell Wilson has to be in top form and the former rookie of the year should live up to expectations. However, the Seahawks offensive line could struggle this campaign as it did last year when it came to run blocking and pass protection. In addition, it wasn’t really upgraded during the summer other than the addition of lineman Luke Joeckel. However, he wasn’t at his best for Jacksonville last year.
The backfield includes Eddie Lacy, C.J. Prosise, and Thomas Rawls and the team may utilize more of a short-passing attack than a running game. Seattle wasn’t the greatest road team in the league last year as they went 5-6-1 away from the west coast as well as being 3-8 against the spread, including their playoff defeat at the hands of the Atlanta Falcons.
Seahawks vs Packers Odds – A Closer Look at the Green Bay Packers:
The Green Bay Packers bounced back last year to win the NFC North for the fifth time in the past six seasons after getting off to a rough 4-6 start. They won six consecutive contests after the offense picked up its socks. Quarterback Aaron Rodgers needs to shine once again after a fine 2016 campaign. He tossed 40 touchdown passes last year and more than 4,000 passing yards with just seven pickoffs. He should be just as good this year with the acquisition of tight end Martellus Bennett. He played with new England last year and posted seven touchdowns and 701 receiving yards.
Now for the team’s defense, this is where Green Bay may struggle yet again. The secondary was mediocre last year and the club tried to make some improvements by drafting cornerback Kevin King with its second-round pick. However, King alone likely won’t be able to turn things around. Luckily, the strong offense usually makes up for the Packers’ defense and that’s why they were crowned NFC North champs again. Green Bay went 7-3 at Lambeau Field last year and was 6-3-1 against the spread. This included a 38-10 victory over the Seahawks in December.
Next up for the Seahawks and the Packers:
- Seattle hosts the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, September 17th
- Green Bay visits the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, September 17th