Here we go again football fanatics.
The NFL sure has a funny sense of humor.
Two years after the now infamous ‘Fail Mary’ play that cost the Green Bay Packers a huge Week 3 win against the now, defending Super Bowl-champion Seattle Seahawks, the league has schedule the two title hopefuls to meet again – this time in the 2014 regular season opener.
Of course, all eyes will be on this expected thriller as it could very well turn out to be a preview of the 2015 NFC Championship game. Best of all, you’re going to have a great chance to cash in against the NFL betting odds thanks to this expert betting odds prediction.
NFL Season Opener Game Day Betting Tips – Green Bay Vs. Seattle
It’s been nearly two full years since the Packers and Seahawks met in the regular season and as the old saying going, time really does heal all wounds – to a certain degree that is.
"We know it happened but, I mean, it’s something that we really don’t think about, we don’t talk about. I mean, I don’t think it really matters around here anymore," Green Bay cornerback Tramon Williams said. "It’s just something that happened then. It was unfortunate, but it happened."
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll had a different take on the memorable contest, choosing to look at it more from a fan’s perspective than anything else.
“There’s been all kinds of games. I can go all the way back to coaching in college when we won from 85 yards away with no time left on the clock and it was a Hail Mary catch-and-run and all that kind of stuff," Seattle coach Pete Carroll said this week. "So, those things happen. It’s what makes us keep coming back. We love the games. We watch so much because of the surprise and the uniqueness of the experience all the time."
Carroll’s assessment aside, this season’s matchup does look like a knock-down, drag-out clash just waiting to happen.
After losing its opening game of the preseason, Green Bay ( 8-8-1 SU, 7-9-1 ATS) won its final three tune-up games while topping the 30-point plateau in both of their final two games. Seattle (16-3 SU, 13-6 ATS) sandwiched two preseason losses around their wins in Week 2 and 3 while scoring 3 points or more three times.
Green Bay has legitimate championship hopes this season thanks to a return to full health from starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers after the elite signal-caller missed a dozen regular season games last season due to injury.
The Packers also nicely addressed the defensive issues that plagued them both, on the ground and through the air last season by drafting safety Ha Ha Clinton-Dix with the 21st pick in the draft and signing veteran defensive end Julius Peppers, among other transactions.
Seattle comes into this contest looking to become the first repeat Super Bowl champions since New England pulled off the feat back in 2004-05.
Seattle has nearly every member back from its title-winning team, though they have made a few tweaks to their roster. There’s one player no longer with Seattle that Green Bay fans everywhere certainly won’t miss.
Pete Carroll: Marshawn Lynch ready to "let it rip" http://t.co/q73Yw4lcVH
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 4, 2014
Now, veteran wide receiver Golden Tate – the same player involved in the now infamous Fail Mary play – is no longer on the roster after signing a free agent deal with Detroit. Seattle acted quickly to replace the sure-handed wideout by drafting speedy wide receiver Paul Richardson with the 45th overall pick in the draft.
To make a long story short, I’ve already gone on record to say that I like Seattle to represent the NFC in Super Bowl 49 and I believe their quest starts with Pete Carroll’s team making a huge statement tonight.
Seattle has gone 8-2 ATS in its last 10 games and a seriously consistent 16-5 ATS in its last 21 home games.
While Green Bay has done well in Thursday night games as their 4-1 ATS mark in their L/5 Thursday games suggests, the Packers have also traditionally gotten off to slow starts, going 1-4 ATS in their last five games in the month of September.
Seahawks' secondary will be put to the test by tonight's officiating crew http://t.co/olitU2IS93
— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) September 4, 2014
While the Packers have recorded a respectable 3-1-2 ATS mark in their last six games against Seattle , the Seahawks have been busy compiling a stellar 20-7 ATS mark in their L/27 games against their NFC counterparts while the home team in this rivalry is an identical 3-1-2 ATS mark in the last half-dozen meetings between these two.
This game could come down to another last-second play, I believe the Seattle Seahawks will win this one and narrowly cover the NFL betting odds. The Seahawks still look like they have a chip on their collective shoulders so I don’t think motivation will be a problem for this young, but vastly mature team. Green Bay ‘s Pro Bowl quarterback recently said as much.
"They play with a lot of confidence, have a little swagger about `em, and it’s a tough place to play," Aaron Rodgers said.
Seattle will throw the ball more this season with quarterback Russell Wilson having fully matured into what I believe is the game’s best young quarterback, but not only that. The Seahawks’ powerful rushing attack could be even better this year with backup running back Robert Turbin looking and playing more like a starter whenever he’s been called upon.
Green Bay may need a bit more time for their defense to come together this season, even though I am expecting the Packers to really challenge for a berth in the NFC title game. In the end, I like Seattle to get their 2014 campaign off to a winning start.