Seahawks Look to Solidify Playoff Bert Against BillsPosted by: Charlie Smith
Fans of the Seattle Seahawks had gotten all too comfortable seeing Russell Wilson lead an explosive offense that rivaled the talent of their forbidding defense; you know the squad notoriously nicknamed the Legion of Boom. But in 2016, Seattle’s offense looks drastically different. Not only do they rank near the bottom of the NFL statistically, they’ve also struggled to outscore some pretty mediocre opponents. In Week 2 Seattle failed to outscore the Los Angeles Rams, a team infamous for its lack of offense. In that contest the Rams only scored 9 points, but were still able to beat the online NFL betting favorites to win the NFC West. In Week 7, the Seahawks were unable to outscore the Arizona Cardinals. Both teams were tied at the end of regulation, and in overtime a couple of missed field goals paved the way for one of the most disappointing ties we’ve seen in quite some time.
Despite the lack of offensive firepower, Seattle still finds themselves leading the NFC West. If the Seahawks can win on Monday, they’ll come one step closer to clinching their ticket to the playoffs. In Week 9 the Seahawks will be hosting the Buffalo Bills at CenturyLink Field. Let’s see what kind of lines most football betting sites are putting together for Monday’s contest.
NFL Odds – Week 9 – Monday, November 7th
Buffalo Bills +7 (-120) 43 ½ (-105) +235
The online NFL betting odds think this game should be an easy win for Seattle, and looking over both these team’s numbers it’s pretty clear that it just might be. So far this season the Seahawks are undefeated at home, and Seattle’s defense isn’t about to let that streak be snapped by the Bills pitiful passing offense. Currently, the Bills have the 31st worst passing offense in the NFL, but at 4-4 Buffalo hasn’t had a problem finding other ways to win. The Bills are averaging 26.5 points per game, the 8th highest average in the NFL, which is leagues ahead of Seattle’s average of 18.7 points per contest – the 29th worst average in the league. Buffalo achieved their average by relying primarily on their running game. With an average of 154.1 rushing yard per game, the Bills have the 2nd best rushing attack in the NFL. Will the Seahawks be able to stop the Bills one-dimensional offense?
Judging by the fact that the ‘Hawks have the 7th best rush defense in the NFL, they shouldn’t have too much difficulty stopping the Bills running game on Monday night. If Seattle can stuff the run then there won’t be too much hope for the Bills, especially accounting for both how poor Buffalo’s passing game is and how formidable Seattle’s secondary are. Fans might want to stick with the online NFL betting odds on this one.