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You have to admit that when the Seattle Seahawks were compelled to trade Russell Wilson, at his request more or less, they became a weaker side. And for the purposes of this opening weekend of NFL action, that sort of compounds itself, as Wilson is now the quarterback of their Monday night opponents, the Denver Broncos. So the general consensus is that it's "thumbs down" with Seattle and "thumbs up" with Denver as of the start of the regular season.
But is that really the case? That's something BetOnline customers have to examine in advance of this game, which takes place at Lumen Field in Seattle at 8:15 p.m. ET on Monday.
Wilson had an injury-plagued season a year ago, and the opinion on the part of some is that he came back a little too soon in order to help his team try to make a wild-card spot in the playoffs. All told, he still had solid numbers, throwing for 25 touchdowns with six interceptions and 3113 yards. The difference between 2021 and other seasons is that he had just 183 yards on the ground. There is no question that Wilson's scrambling ability is a big factor in his effectiveness. And he would much rather take a sack then throw a pick.
According to Bookie Pay per head providers, the plan was for the Seahawks to be starting Drew Lock, who failed in his trial with the Broncos and came over in the Wilson trade. But Lock was slowed down during training camp, having to sit out some time with Covid-19, and veteran backup Geno Smith is going to get the assignment. Smith, who was once the starter for the New York Jets, has been through his ups and downs, and lost two of his three starts for the Seahawks last year as he stepped in while Wilson was injured.
In the Monday night NFL odds posted on this game by the folks at BetOnling.ag, the Broncos are laying some points on the road:
Denver Broncos - 6.5
Seattle Seahawks + 6.5
Over 44 Points - 110
Under 44 Points - 110
Pete Carroll is 71 years old, and you wonder how much patience he's going to have with this team that has to start over from the ground up as far as the quarterback situation is concerned. It's not a good sign that Lock could not put a "lock,” so to speak, on the QB position, and that will leave the Seahawks more dependent on the run then usual. They were pretty impressed with Rashaad Penny last season; the one-time first-round draft pick out of San Diego State had been viewed by many as a bust, but he did averaged 6.3 yards per carry last season, so they expect he will be a prominent figure within the entire mix.
Smith has outstanding receivers in Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, but the problem is whether he's going to have enough time to get the football to them. Seattle will be starting rookies at both offensive tackle positions, with first-round pick Charles Cross on the left side and third-rounder Abraham Lucas on the right. Needless to say, growing pains are likely.
Perhaps Denver can be counted on to produce the more punishing ground attack, as Javonte Williams is an emerging beast. Williams may already be the NFL's best at plowing forward after contact, and with Melvin Gordon also available, he doesn't have to wear himself out.
According to football betting websites, we must recognize something else, however; even though Seattle's Pro Bowl linebacker Bobby Wagner, has departed for the Los Angeles Rams, they did lead the league in yards allowed per point on the part of the opposition. In other words, their opponents had to work harder against them than they did against anyone else.
Honestly, we might expect that Seattle could pull a few tricks out of its bag and defend Wilson in a respectful manner. But it will be a challenge for them to get some points on the board. This moves us rather strongly toward an "under" in this Monday night contest.
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