Seattle Hosts Denver in NFL 2014 Super Bowl Rematch Odds & PredictionsJosh Bailey
The 2014 NFL regular season will reach brand new heights when Russell Wilson and the defending league champion-Seattle Seahawks host Peyton Manning and the reigning AFC-champion Denver Broncos in a Week 3 Super Bowl rematch that looks almost as intriguing as last season’s championship title tilt.
Making this matchup even better is the fact that you’re going to have a great chance to cash in with a winning wager thanks to the expert betting analysis you’re about to receive on the most anticipated game of the young 2014 season.
Denver at Seattle
Time: 4:25 PM
Spread: Seattle -3.5
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Denver (2-0 SU, 0-2 ATS) remained unbeaten by beating Kansas City 24-17 in Week 2 but the Broncos fell to 0-2 ATS on the season by failing to cover the spread as a 13-point home favorite.
The Broncos have beaten the Colts and Chiefs in the first two weeks of the 2014 season, but they’ve had their share of struggles along the way, particularly on offense where they’ve scored just 14 combined second half points after taking commanding first half leads in both contests.
"I don’t think anybody’s playing their best football of the year after Week 2. And I’d say it’s a fair assessment that we aren’t, either,” Broncos head coach John Fox told reporters. “That’s something that you try to do is improve every day and every week. So, hopefully we’re playing our best football well into the playoffs."
"Hey, we’re 2-0 going on the road trying to be 3-0 and that’s the best place you can be: undefeated," cornerback Chris Harris said. "And we have lofty goals and all the fans have lofty goals for us. They expect us to kill everybody every week. You all (reporters) probably do, too. But it’s the NFL. Teams are coming to play us like it’s the Super Bowl every week."
Seattle (1-1 SU, 1-1 ATS) laid a huge 36-16 smackdown on Green Bay to kick off the 2014 season, but enters this Week 3 Super Bowl rematch coming off a convincing 30-21 loss to San Diego while failing to cover the spread as a 4.5-point road favorite to fall to 1-1 ATS on the season.
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Denver gets back veteran wide receiver Wes Welker for this contest after the diminutive, but sure-handed wideout was forced to sit out the first two games of the season because of a league suspension. The Broncos, to a man, say they aren’t focused on the 43-8 drubbing that Seattle handed them in Super Bowl 48 that capped off last season and that this regular season meeting has no association to their title tilt loss.
"We’ve moved passed it, it happened, but we want to make our stamp on the league," Broncos safety David Burton said. "As of right now it’s just another game. We can’t change the outcome of last season."
Seattle head coach Pete Carroll echoed the aforementioned sentiments.
"I’m sure this is a really important game to them again. As it is to us," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said. "I think there was something going on in the preseason. I think it was a big deal for them. I don’t blame them one bit."
Carroll went on to say that he senses the Broncos are giving this Week 3 matchup a bit of extra preparation.
"They’re quiet. They’re quiet and serious," said Carroll. "We don’t take these easily. There are very high expectations that we live with here and everybody knows that. The main thing is everybody took to heart the changes and adjustments and the things that we can fix."
The Broncos rank fourth in scoring (27.5 ppg) and 15th in points allowed (20.5 ppg) while Seattle ranks third in scoring (28.5 ppg) and a surprising 23rd (for now) in points allowed (23.0 ppg).
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) September 18, 2014
Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning leads the NFL with a 126.5 passer rating but he’s going up against a quarterback in Russell Wilson that has a stellar 114.7 quarterback rating of his own and has thrown a whopping 34 touchdowns and just seven interceptions in going 18-1 as a starter at home, including playoffs.
— Denver Broncos (@Broncos) September 19, 2014
In the end, I think Seattle’s Week 2 loss to San Diego is going to be a very bad thing for Broncos in this contest. I know the Broncos have revenge on their mind – and a future Hall of Fame quarterback leading them, but I think Seattle knows exactly what the Broncos like to do offensively and that they’re more than prepared for Denver’s aerial assault.
Denver is just 1-4 ATS in their last five games and 1-4 ATS in their last five games following an SU win while Seattle has gone 13-3 ATS in their last 16 games following an ATS loss and 16-5 ATS in their last 21 games against a team with a winning record.
I like the Seahawks to win this game and cover the spread with room to spare, even if it’s not quite as emphatic as their Super Bowl win over the Broncos.
My Pick: Seattle Seahawks -4.5 Points