Seattle Seahawks at Washington Football Team Betting Preview

Sunday, December 20, 2020, FedExField, Landover, Md., 1 p.m. ET

Seahawks at Washington Football Team Betting Preview: Seahawks (-5.5/-110), Washington Football Team (+5.5/-110)

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks (9-4) can clinch a playoff berth with a victory. They’re coming off a 40-3 drubbing of the winless New York Jets in which Russell Wilson threw four touchdown passes and the defense allowed just 185 total yards.

Defensive end Carlos Dunlap (foot) and cornerback Quinton Dunbar (knee) are expected to return from injuries and running back Rashaad Penny might make his season debut after suffering an ACL tear in November of 2019. The biggest question mark is starting right tackle Brandon Shell, who aggravated a sprained ankle last week. A healthy Shell would be welcome against Washington’s stout defensive line.

Washington Football Team

 Washington (6-7) has won four games in a row to move atop the NFC East. 

Those wins have been led by veteran QB Alex Smith, who missed the second half of last weekend’s 23-15 victory at San Francisco with a strained right calf. If Smith can’t go, Washington would turn to former first-round draft pick Dwayne Haskins, who began the season as the starter but was benched after four games.

Seahawks at Washington Football Team Betting Pick for Week 15

The Seahawks’ offense got back on track last weekend and the defense continues to get healthy and improve.

Washington’s defense ranks fourth in the league and Smith is 4-1 as a starter. The defense will likely keep Washington in the game, so it might come down to Smith’s health. The Seahawks are 7-6 against the spread this season, while Washington is 7-4-2.

Seahawks at Washington Football Team Betting Pick:

Seahawks 20, Washington 16

Seahawks at Washington Football Team Best Bet for Week 15

Washington has allowed just 57 points over its four-game winning streak. But Seattle’s defense has allowed only 58 points over the same span, in which the Seahawks have gone 3-1.

Seahawks at Washington Football Team Best Bet: UNDER 44.5 total points (-110)

New York Jets at Seattle Seahawks Betting Preview

Sunday, December 13, 2020, Lumen Field, Seattle, Washington, 4:05 p.m. ET

Jets at Seahawks Betting Preview: Jets (+13.5/-110), Seahawks (-13.5/-110)

New York Jets

The Jets (0-12) are four losses away from joining the 2008 Cleveland Browns and 2017 Detroit Lions as the NFL’s only 0-16 teams. They’ve tied a franchise record with 12 straight losses, set in 1995-96 under coach Rich Kotite.

Last Sunday’s 31-28 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders was the most painful, allowing a 46-yard TD pass with five seconds left. It was a defeat that cost defensive coordinator Gregg Williams his job.

Sam Darnold threw his first two touchdown passes since Week 3 and Ty Johnson took over after veteran Frank Gore suffered a concussion and rushed for a career-high 104 yards and a touchdown on 22 carries.

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks (8-4) were supposed to be in the soft portion of their schedule, but dropped a 17-12 decision to the New York Giants last Sunday, their first home loss of the season. That dropped them into a tie with the Los Angeles Rams for first place in the NFC West.

Seattle’s defense is no longer the worst in the league, but the offense has struggled over the past month, failing to gain more than 350 total yards in the past four games. Quarterback Russell Wilson was under constant pressure last week, hit 10 times and sacked five — with four of those four for losses of eight yards or more. Wilson was 27 of 43 with a touchdown, an interception and a lost fumble.

Starting right tackle Brandon Shell could return after missing the past two games with an ankle sprain, which would help protect Wilson.

Jets at Seahawks Betting Pick for Week 14

This game should’ve been about Seahawks safety Jamal Adams facing his old team in the Jets, but Seattle’s upset loss last weekend and the way New York blew its late lead has altered the narrative. Adams leads all NFL defensive backs with 7.5 sacks and should get reacquainted with Darnold.

Seattle tends to play to the level of its opponents, as only two of its victories have been by more than eight points. The Seahawks are 6-6 against the spread this season, while the Jets are 4-8.

Jets at Seahawks Betting Pick:

Seahawks 24, Jets 16

Jets at Seahawks Best Bet for Week 14

The Seahawks’ much-maligned defense has allowed just 17 points in each of the past two games, while their offense has reached 27 points only once during their past four games after doing so in each of their first eight games of the season. The Jets are averaging a league-low 15.0 points per game.

Jets at Seahawks Best Bet: UNDER 46.5 total points

Super Bowl Odds Update: Week 13

Hello NFL fans and welcome back to our weekly column where we’ve been discussing the list of teams that are considered legitimate title contenders. A week ago, the Kansas City Chiefs, the undefeated Pittsburgh Steelers, New Orleans Saints and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers rounded out the coveted list.

For the second straight week, we have two teams that share the second-best odds. Since that is the case, I’m going to include four teams on the list again this week instead of three. With that said, here’s a look at the teams with the best odds to win the big game in 2021 (according to Unibet).

Third-Best Super Bowl Odds:

Seattle Seahawks (+900).
Last week (NR)

As many of you may recall, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers had the third-best odds last week. But following a 27-24 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, they have fallen from our top-three list. The Seattle Seahawks have been a mixed bag this season. They started the season with a 5-0 record and then they went on to lose three of their next four contests. Fortunately, Seattle has righted the ship somewhat as they have bounced back with a pair of wins against the Arizona Cardinals and the Philadelphia Eagles. While the Seahawks are one of the top-scoring teams in the league (ranked third – 31 points per contest), they are also ranked dead last in total defense. That said, unless they can find a way to improve on that side of the football, the chances of them going on a deep playoff run are pretty slim right now.

Second-Best Super Bowl Odds:

Tie: Pittsburgh Steelers & New Orleans Saints (+550)
Last Week: No change for either team

To avoid sounding like too much of a hater, I’m going to give the New Orleans Saints some kudos. First, they have won eight straight following a 1-2 start. Second, a few of those wins have occurred with Drew Brees on the shelf with an injury over the past two-and-half games. Taking that into consideration, the Saints deserve a little praise for their 9-2 record.

On the other hand, the Steelers must be feeling slighted to an extent. Sure, they’ve had a couple of unimpressive outings during the season. Their 24-19 win over the Dallas Cowboys was nothing to be overly excited about. And head coach Mike Tomlin stated that the team’s recent performance against the Baltimore Ravens could be categorized as junior varsity. But despite the game being rescheduled twice, the Steelers still came out on top 19-14.

In addition to being the only unbeaten team in the NFL, the Steelers are ranked seventh in rushing defense (105.7 yards per game), third in overall defense (298.9 yards per game), and first in passing defense (193.2 yards per outing). Given those factors, the Steelers should have the better odds here and it will be interesting to see if that changes at all should both of these continue playing well down the stretch.

Super Bowl Odds Favorites:

Kansas City Chiefs (+275)
Last week (+300)

The Chiefs have been considered the odds-on favorite to win it all for quite some time now and that trend continues going into Week 13. While the Saints have won nine straight, the Chiefs have been on a bit of a roll in their own right. After a 40-32 setback against the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 5, the defending champs have reeled off six straight, including a 27-24 win over the Buccaneers in Week 12. In that contest, Patrick Mahomes II had his best game of the season, throwing for 462 yards to go along with three touchdowns. With the Chiefs have found their footing in the passing game, this team will be tough to stop the rest of the way. Simply put, KC and Pittsburgh should be the teams to keep an eye on as the season draws to a close.

Even the Chiefs’ hype game is the favorite!

Updated NFL MVP Odds: Can Anyone Catch Patrick Mahomes II?

We’ve come to the middle of another week football fans, which means that we’re not that far away from the upcoming slate of games. With regards to the league MVP, the players who were head and shoulders above the rest a week ago included front-runner Patrick Mahomes II, Russell Wilson, and Aaron Rodgers.

All three players led their respective teams to victory. However, did Rodgers and Wilson do enough to overtake Mahomes? Here’s a look at each where each player is ranked (according to Unibet) in the race for NFL MVP based on how they performed in Week 12.

Russell Wilson

Third-Best NFL MVP Odds: Russell Wilson (+650). Last week (+300)

Early on, Wilson was the odds-on favorite to win his first MVP award. But following a tough stretch in which the Seahawks lost three times in four games, Wilson was demoted to the second spot on our weekly list. While he played reasonably well in the team’s 23-17 win over the Philadelphia Eagles (completed 22 of 31 passes for 230 yards and one touchdown), Wilson’s stock continues to dip a bit and he has slid to the last spot on our weekly list. Although there are a few games left in the season, Wilson is going to have to play exceptionally down the stretch if he hopes to make up any ground in this race.

aaron rodgers

Second-Best NFL MVP Odds: Aaron Rodgers (+550). Last week (+500)

Mr. Discount Double Check had been in third place on our weekly list but has now jumped up to the No. 2 spot. Going into the Week 12 matchup against the Chicago Bears, Rodgers was on quite the roll. He had thrown for over 300 yards in each of his last three outings to go along with nine touchdowns and two interceptions. That trend continued against the Bears’ defense this past week. While he was limited to 211 yards, he added four more touchdowns – increasing his league-leading total to 33. Needless to say, Rodgers helped lead the Packers to an easy 41-25 win against their division rival. It will be interesting to see if he can catch the guy who plays opposite him in those State Farm commercials.

The NFL MVP Odds Favorite: Patrick Mahomes II (-400). Last week (-121)

Mahomes – who won the league MVP award in 2018 – continues to solidify his hold on the No. 1 spot on our weekly list. Following a slow start to the season, Mahomes has been on fire, to say the least. Over the past three games, he has thrown for at least 350 yards to go along with 11 touchdowns. But if you thought his recent stretch of solid play was a fluke, you’d be mistaken. In a showdown against Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Mahomes proved why he’s one of the top quarterbacks in the league. In that contest, he completed 37 of 49 passes for a season-high 462 yards and three touchdowns. As long as the Chiefs’ offense continues playing at this level, Mahomes is on pace to win his second MVP award in three seasons.

Seattle Seahawks at Philadelphia Eagles Betting Preview

Monday, November 30, 2020, Lincoln Financial Field, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 8:15 p.m. ET

Seahawks at Eagles Betting Preview: Seahawks (-4.5/-114), Eagles (+4.5/-106)

Seattle Seahawks

The Seahawks (7-3) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 28-21 victory against visiting Arizona last week in the Thursday night game. Carlos Hyde came back after missing three games with a hamstring injury, and he ran for a season-high 79 yards and a touchdown. The defense also came up with its biggest performance of the season, limiting the Cardinals to 100 fewer yards than their league-leading average.

Defensive end Carlos Dunlap, acquired from Cincinnati at the trade deadline, has 3.5 sacks in three games to revitalize the Seahawks’ pass rush. He had two sacks against Arizona, including one on the Cardinals’ final offensive play.

The Seahawks expect to get running back Chris Carson (mid-foot sprain), cornerback Shaquill Griffin (hamstring) and center Ethan Pocic (concussion) back this week after all sat out multiple games. Tight end Greg Olson (torn plantar fascia in left foot) is expected to miss the rest of the regular season, while right tackle Brandon Shell (sprained ankle) is questionable.

Philadelphia Eagles

How far has Carson Wentz fallen? Coach Doug Pederson hesitated during a news conference this week before saying Wentz was his starter amid an outcry in Philadelphia to give second-round pick Jalen Hurts a shot.

The return of tight end Zach Ertz, who has missed the past four games with an ankle injury, should give Wentz a boost. However, the Eagles might be without right tackle Lane Johnson (shoulder), who is questionable after leaving last weekend’s 22-17 loss at Cleveland.

The Eagles ran for 96 yards in the first half last week, including 63 yards from Miles Sanders on 11 attempts, before inexplicably abandoning the ground game after the intermission, when they attempted only six rushes. They’ll need to maintain a semblance of a running attack to keep Wilson and Co. off the field.

Seahawks at Eagles Betting Pick for Week 12

The Seahawks are entering the softest part of their schedule. After facing Philadelphia, they’ll have back-to-back home games against the New York Giants (currently 3-7) and New York Jets (0-10), followed by a trip to Washington (4-7).

The Seahawks are 6-4 against the spread this season while the Eagles are 3-7. The Eagles are 3-0 in prime-time this season but are 0-5 all-time against Wilson, including a playoff defeat last season.

Seahawks at Eagles Betting Pick: Seahawks 23, Eagles 14

Seahawks at Eagles Best Bet for Week 12

Look for the Seahawks to try to re-establish their running game, which has been hampered by injuries. The teams combined for just 52 points in two meetings in Philadelphia last season, and the Eagles have allowed only 79 points over their past four games.

Seahawks at Eagles Best Bet: UNDER 50 total points (-110)

OddsUSA’s NFL Best Bets for Week 12: A Young Buck vs. the Old G.O.A.T

Happy Wednesday football fans and welcome back to our weekly edition of best picks for the upcoming slate of NFL games. Last week, I predicted close wins for the Green Bay Packers and the Kansas City Chiefs. Additionally, I picked that the Steelers would win big.

The Chiefs edged the Las Vegas Raiders by a 35-31 margin, while the Steelers beat up the Jacksonville Jaguars to the tune of 27-3. Unfortunately, the Packers prevented me from earning a perfect week as they fell to the Indianapolis Colts 34-31 despite leading by a 28-14 margin at halftime.

On the heels of another 2-1 week, my record stands at 25-7. Not too shabby, but I’m still somewhat disappointed because I was so close to a 3-0 week. Now that I’m done ranting a bit, here’s a look at my top outright picks for Week 12.

Week 12 NFL Best Bet No. 1: Kansas City Chiefs (-2.5) at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

I have to admit not having the defending champs as my absolute safest pick feels a bit strange, to say the least. Out of all the times I’ve gone with KC this season, this is the slimmest point spread, which makes me a little bit hesitant.

On the other hand, as is the case with most matchups, I’m going to ride the hot hand. And although the Chiefs needed a late-game scoring drive to edge the Raiders, they have won five straight since a 40-32 loss in Week 5 against, you guessed it, the Las Vegas Raiders. That being said, I’m going to go with the reigning champs to push their win streak to six games.

James’ pick: Chiefs win by less than a field goal

Week 12 NFL Best Bet No. 2: Seattle Seahawks (-5) at Philadelphia Eagles

The Seattle Seahawks have dropped two of their previous three and three of their last five games overall following a 5-0 start. Furthermore, while the Seahawks are a formidable home team, they are just 2-3 on the road.

On the other side of the coin, the Eagles are in first place in the NFC East. But don’t be deceived as they are 3-6 -1 in the worst division in the NFL. Given the fact that the Eagles have dropped their last two games, scoring 17 points in both contests, they won’t be able to keep up with one of the highest-scoring teams in the league.

James’ pick: Seahawks win by a field goal

James’ NFL Best Bet of Week 12: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (-7.5)

James’ NFL Best Bet of Week 12: Chicago Bears at Green Bay Packers (-7.5)

Yes, the Packers squandered a golden opportunity despite jumping out to a 14-point lead against one of the better defensive units in the league. Yes, they did keep me from posting a perfect mark in Week 11.

However, there are a few reasons why Aaron Rodgers and Co. are my safe pick this time around. As a guy that was born and raised in the Windy City, I’ve been keeping a watchful eye on the Bears this season. Sure, they got off to a 5-1 start. However, that proved to be fool’s gold as they have dropped their last four games.

Meanwhile, the Packers are 3-3 in their last six games following a 4-0 start. When it comes to the Bears, though, betting against the green and gold would not be a good call. Not only are the Packers the better team this season, they always seem to be the better team when these rivals square off.

In fact, dating back to 2015, the Packers have won eight of the previous 10 meetings between these two teams. While the Bears’ defense has played well, they continue to struggle on offense. Having said that, look for the Packers’ dominance to continue against their division rival. At the same time, I’m a bit cautious about the point spread given the fact that their margin of victory exceeded 10 points just twice in those eight wins.

James’ pick: Packers win outright in a close one

Updated NFL MVP Odds for Week 12: Patrick Mahomes Leads the Pack

Happy Wednesday football fans. Before I begin, I’d like to take a moment to wish everyone and their families a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Last week, the list of players in the running for the NFL MVP award were Aaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, and Patrick Mahomes. Both Russell Wilson and Patrick Mahomes led their respective teams to victory, but Rodgers and the Packers came up a bit short despite jumping out to a 14-point lead. Despite that, did Rodgers do enough to close the gap with the other two QBs ahead of Week 12?

Third-Best NFL MVP Odds: Aaron Rodgers (+500). Last Week (+300)

Aaron Rodgers continues to hold down the third spot on our weekly list. Going up against one of the better defensive units in the league — the Indianapolis Colts — everyone knew that Rodgers would have his work cut out for him.

Thanks to three touchdown passes in the first half, the Packers appeared to be on their way to an easy victory, as they led 28-14 at the break. However, the Colts’ defense came to life in the second half, and in a big way. Not only did Indianapolis hold the Packers to just three points after the break, they also forced a fumble in OT, which set up Rodrigo Blankenship’s game-winning field goal, enabling the home team to escape with a 34-31 victory.

Rodgers finished 27-of-38 for 311 yards and three touchdowns. While Rodgers eclipsed the 300-yard mark for the third straight outing, it wasn’t enough to prevent his team from losing in heartbreaking fashion.

Second-Best NFL MVP Odds: Russell Wilson (+300). Last Week (+225)

Russell Wilson was the frontrunner in the MVP race for most of the season. But thanks to a stretch of three losses in four games, along with 10 turnovers in those losses, Chef Wilson has been sitting at the No. 2 spot on our weekly list over the past couple of weeks.

Coming off his worst performance of the season – a 23-16 loss against the Los Angeles Rams—Wilson bounced back to help lead his team to a 28-21 victory against the Arizona Cardinals. While Wilson had a somewhat modest outing – throwing for just 197 yards – he made enough plays to keep his team in a division race that is heating up quickly.

Also, being that the Seahawks’ next four opponents have a combined record of 8-28-1, Chef Wilson still has an opportunity to make up some ground in this race.

The NFL MVP Odds Favorite: Patrick Mahomes (-121). Last Week (+180)

Patrick Mahomes took over the top spot in the league MVP a week ago and remains the frontrunner for the second straight week. Going into the Week 11 matchup against the Las Vegas Raiders, Mahomes and Co. were looking for a measure of revenge against the team that handed them their only loss of the season back in Week 5.

Thanks, to a late-game drive, the Kansas City Chiefs came away with a 35-31 victory. Mahomes completed 34 of 45 passes for 348 yards and two touchdowns. After totaling just two 300-yard games during the team’s first seven games, Mahomes has thrown for at least 300 yards in each of his last three outings. He has also thrown nine TD passes and just one interception during that stretch. Simply put, Mahomes will be difficult to catch if he and the Chiefs’ offense continue playing at this level.  

Former NFLer Tarvaris Jackson Dies

Former NFL QB Tarvaris Jackson passed away in a car crash this weekend

On Sunday night, former NFL Quarterback Tarvaris Jackson died in a car crash. A Tennessee State University spokesperson said that the wreck took place in Alabama. Jackson had been serving as Tennessee State’s Quarterbacks Coach since 2019.

Tarvaris Jackson was selected in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings and played with the Vikes from 2006 to 2010. During that five-year stretch, Jackson started in 20 games for Minnesota and compiled a 10-10 record. He had his most success as a starter in the NFL during the 2007 season when he led the Vikings to an 8-4 record in 12 starts.

After his tenure in Minnesota, Jackson went to the Seattle Seahawks, where he spent one year and was eventually traded to the Buffalo Bills in 2012. In June of 2013, the Bills released Jackson who then signed with the Seahawks three days later. Jackson earned himself a Super Bowl ring during his final three years in the NFL. He went on to become a free agent following the conclusion of the 2015 season.

Jackson had been coaching the last two years. He was a Graduate Assistant for Alabama State in 2018, and he later became the Quarterbacks Coach of Tennessee State University in 2019.

According to an Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the crash only involved a single vehicle and took place at 8:50 PM last night. Jackson is survived by his wife and three children. Tarvaris Jackson was 36 years old.