Seattle Seahawks vs. Atlanta Falcons Odds & Game Pick (2020)
The Seattle Seahawks will face the Atlanta Falcons in a battle between two of the most exciting offenses in the NFC. Set with one of the highest consensus over/under totals of the week, this matchup could very well turn into a shootout. However, both teams will be hoping that is their upgraded defensive units that shine the most.
- Opening Lines: The consensus point spread for this contest opened at -1.5 on the Seattle Seahawks. The consensus over/under total opened at 49 points. The point spread has climbed to -2.5. The over/under total has held steady at 49.
- Current Line: Seattle -2.5
- O/U: 49
- Location: Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
- Start Time: 1:00 PM EST, Sunday, September 13th
Last Meeting: Kansas City defeated San Francisco 27-20 — October 27, 2019
The Seattle Seahawks made one of the biggest splashes of the offseason in acquiring superstar safety Jamal Adams. True to form, the Seahawks also made one of the biggest head-scratching moves of the NFL Draft when they selected Jordyn Brooks in the first round. On offense, they added some veteran reinforcements in Carlos Hyde (who rushed for over 1,000 yards in 2019) and former Pro Bowl tight end, Greg Olsen. Running back depth was a priority this offseason as the Seahawks also spent a fourth round pick on exciting running back DeeJay Dallas from Miami. Seattle appears to have the makings of a true contender and should be considered a lock for the expanded postseason.
The Atlanta Falcons made some offseason splashes of their own. First, we will start with the offensive side of the ball since that is where the Falcons hang their hat. After having just a shell of a running game in 2019, Atlanta decided to bring in released former All-Pro Todd Gurley. He may no longer be the consensus top running back in the NFL, but there is no doubt that he improves the credibility of the backfield. They decided to let key contributor Austin Hooper walk in free agency, but showed they can play the trade market by bringing in former first round pick Hayden Hurst from the Baltimore Ravens. Atlanta now has the makings of a complete offense. On defense there were a number of moves made, however, the most notable were bringing in pass rusher Dante Fowler Jr. along with impressive rookies A.J. Terrell (in the first round) and Marlon Davidson (in the second round). Cornerback will be the question mark for Atlanta this season, but if Terrell can prove to be a better corner than Isaiah Oliver, the Falcons could make some noise in the playoffs.
- Seattle is 3-1-1 ATS last five games as the favorite
- Under is 8-2 in Seattle’s last 10 contests as a road favorite
- Seattle is 0-4-1 ATS in their last five Week 1 contests
- Under 4-0 in Atlanta’s last four contests as a home underdog
- Atlanta 4-0 ATS in their last four contests overall
- Atlanta is 4-0 ATS in their last four contests against Seattle
D.K. Metcalf over 57.5 receiving yards (-110)
D.K. Metcalf against the Atlanta Falcons secondary at just 57.5 receiving yards almost feels like a trap line. The player prop from this contest that screams value, Metcalf should be an easy bet to hit the over. Metcalf transformed into more than just a deep threat as the season progressed, recording 58 or more yards in five of his last six full contests. Russell Wilson should look to connect with Metcalf early, especially if he sees rookie corner A.J. Terrell in coverage. This is a multi-unit play at FanDuel.
This is a contest that can truly go either way, especially when we factor in the unpredictableness that Week 1 often presents. The Seahawks are listed as the slight favorites, and for a road team facing a strong Atlanta team, the line is pretty revealing. 61 percent of the public’s action has been on the Seahawks, while the experts in our consensus are even more bullish on the road team with 75 percent siding with Seattle. With no season data to analyze, picking a winner here truly comes down to subjective perception. Though this contest may very well turn into a shootout, it will likely be the defensive units who decide the winner of this game. The Seahawks get the nod on that side of the ball as they project as the unit to generate more defensive stops. Stick to a one-unit play at FanDuel.
The over/under total appears to offer value on both sides. With the improved defenses both of these teams possess it would come as no surprise if this contest fell under the number. While they may hit 40-45 combined points, hitting the 50 required for a click on the over may come down to broken plays. However, Week 1 defensive history, along with the unique offseason, suggests that defenses could be rusty enough that this could go well over the number. Both teams will be excited to unleash their offensive weapons, and we could see this game go over by the end of the third quarter. There were 47 points scored in last season’s meeting, a contest that contained several offensive miscues from both sides. While there is no true lean here, the over gets the slight nod.
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The Seattle Seahawks will face the Atlanta Falcons in a battle between two of the most exciting offenses in the NFC. Set with one of the highest consensus over/under totals of the week, this matchup could very well turn into a shootout. However, both teams will be hoping that is their upgraded defensive units that […]