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Seattle Seahawks Odds
The Seahawks enter as a small favorite due to the history of these teams, what with Falcons coach Dan Quinn being a former defensive coordinator and the familiarity between the systems and personnel.
Russell Wilson escaped these environs with a win last year, building a 24-point halftime lead before holding on for a 27-20 victory. The Seahawks are planning a ball-control offense but Wilson has been at his best in a wide-open, sandlot type of game — when his offensive line gives him time to survey the defense.
Atlanta had only 28 sacks last season, 31st in the NFL, but they’ll be looking for more pressure with the addition of Dante Fowler. Atlanta’s most impactful addition might be at safety, where Keanu Neal returns.
Atlanta Falcons Odds
Quinn might finally have his offensive line where he wants it and running back Todd Gurley brings a dimension the offense lacked a year ago, when Devonta Freeman was injured most of the season.
Gurley signed a one-year deal to prove he’s back to his pre-injury form and the Falcons offer a dynamic passing game to highlight Gurley’s skills.
Julio Jones is a handful for every team, but he destroyed the Seahawks last season to the tune of 10 receptions for 152 yards. Seattle made tweaks to a defense that lost Jadeveon Clowney and then a big splash by acquiring safety Jamal Adams to shore up the secondary.
Seahawks at Falcons Team Betting Pick for Week 1
The Falcons are home underdogs, and home underdogs are always dangerous. But Wilson is comfortable in the dome in Atlanta and finds the fourth-quarter touch to send Seattle home 1-0.
Seahawks at Falcons Betting Pick: Seahawks (-2), Falcons (+2)
Seahawks 26, Falcons 21
Seahawks at Falcons Best Bet
Atlanta kept Wilson in the pocket last season — he finished with only four rushing yards — but expect him to be on the move, especially if left tackle Duane Brown (knee) can’t go.
Consider he had 16 carries for 109 yards in the 2020 postseason alone. BetMGM.com has Wilson at +320 to score combined with a Seahawks win.
Seahawks at Falcons Best Bet: Russell Wilson TD + Seattle win (+320)