Sportsbook software services saw that the Seattle Seahawks won their very first Super Bowl in the NFL’s last important game, as they were the ones dominating the Denver Broncos when they went face-to-face at MetLife Stadium. Now the Seahawks will start their regular season on Thursday night when they take on the Green Bay Packers.
Many fans have pretty high expectations for the team, after they were able to win the ultimate prize and finish last season tied for the NFL’s best record. Once again, they are the clear favorites to own the NFC, and many experts see the team being the second-best in the league when it comes to the odds to win the Super Bowl in 2015.
The Seahawks will not have it easy at all when they open their season, as they’ll take on a team believed to be one of the the NFC’s most difficult contenders, and beating them could prove to be crucial for Seattle. The Packers were able to make it to the playoffs last year after they only eight games, but the team is expected to see quarterback Aaron Rodgers in pretty good shape this season. Last season, the player ended up missing out on seven games due to an injury to the shoulder.
Seattle was ranked No.1 in 2013, as the team allowed only 14.4 points a game and 274 yards. Even though Rodgers was not playing for almost half of last season – to the concern of many fans – the player was still able to make a passer rating of 104.9, with 17 touchdowns, six interceptions, and throwing for 2,536 yards.
Many fans remember very well what happened two years ago when Green Bay paid a visit to the Seahawks. Rodgers was able to complete most of his passes (67 percent) with no turnovers made, but did not get much time in the pocket at all – barely any, to be more precise. In a loss of 14-12, the player ended up being sacked eight times. The game turned out to be a scandal due to its last play, when replacement referees were scratching their heads while trying to decide if a pass made by Russell Wilson was an interception or a completion for a TD.
“There’s a challenge at every level,” said Rodgers when he spoke about the Seahawks’ defense. “They’re really talented up front. They’re as good as they come on the backend with the safety-corner tandem. And they’re very talented and long and rangy and athletic and physical in the linebacker group.”
Even though many fans know that Seattle is a team to reckon with when it comes to their defense, they also believe that the Seahawks will do well this year when it comes to their offense.
After Wilson’s second season in a row with a passer rating of at least 100.0, the player could do an even better job this year. In the preseason, the Seahawks went 2-2, but the team’s fans will not forget how their first-team offense performed, as sometimes they simply couldn’t be stopped. Fans also remember that in 13 possessions, Wilson was able to lead Seattle on 9 drives for a touchdown in four of their games.
The Packers only ended up losing one of their four games in the preseason. A no-huddle offense was introduced by Green Bay, and in the team’s second, as well as third exhibition games, they did a fantastic job. Rodgers was the one to lead the Seahawks to score on its initial two drives when they took on the St. Louis Rams. When they faced the Raiders the week after, the player helped get his team’s offense straight to the end zone on three occasions.
The Seahawks should be able to have a very big advantage when they play at CenturyLink Field. Last year they were 7-1 when playing at home, and could very well have the NFL’s best home advantage, with an 18.6-point average made on their wins at home.
Even though most of the home teams are given in the betting line an extra 2.5 points, many experts say that 3.5 points will go to Seattle. The betting odds on Thursday at most casinos in Las Vegas saw Green Bay get 5.5 points, and 46 points is the under/over.
Week 1’s first game could very well turn out to be one of the most intense season openers made in the recent history of the sport. The Seahawks proved that they’re very capable of stopping any offense, especially when the games are played at home, but it should be very hard for Green Bay and Rodgers to be clear of the end zone. The Packers could keep the game close, but even though they lost key players in their defense like Walter Thurmond and Chris Clemons, sports software services tip the Seahawks to be the ones to have a winning start this year.