The Seattle Seahawks refuse to lose…at home.
History has a way of repeating itself. This year’s Seattle team is picking up where it left off by destroying any team in its path, especially at home. The Seahawks are 2-0 after dismantling a very good 49er team 29-3.
“Every game we feel like we should dominate, and we did,” Seattle safety Earl Thomas said.
The Seahawks are a ridiculous 12-1 against the spread in their last 13 home games at home. Head coach Pete Carroll loves coaching and his players love playing for him. They are fun to watch as they have both youth and hunger on their side.
The Niners are no slouches after coming within 5 yards of losing last year’s Super Bowl. What I like about this year’s Seattle team is everything! They can run, pass and play solid defense – a flat out winning combination.
Star running back Marshawn Lynch is coming off a 3 TD performance against the Niners. Lynch had 135 total yards, including his 98 rushing. Seattle is built on speed and simply Hawk the ball. I am most impressed with QB Russell Wilson who can run or pass and makes it look so easy.
The only problem I see is what I saw last year, an inability to win on the road. It cost them in the playoffs last season in Atlanta against Matt Ryan and the Falcons. Another concern is the NFC is stacked with talent, unlike the AFC where you have the Broncos and no one else.
In the NFC, at the end of the day, you will be competing with the likes of the Packers, Saints, Falcons, Niners and possibly the Cowboys to get through to the promised land. No less than six teams vying for one spot to represent the NFC in the big game.
I mentioned the Broncos, who are scary good. Denver probably had the best overall team from a year ago but thanks to their free safety and the very conservative play calling by head coach John Fox, gave away a playoff game to the Ravens.
The Broncos are locked and loaded with a ton of talent. They are hungry and have had an entire off season to create a very big chip on their shoulders. This is a very dangerous team.
I don’t know if the sports books can post a high enough total on the Broncos because they play the hurry-up style and can light up the scoreboard at any time, especially in the second half of games. Denver games against the Ravens and Giants totaled 76 and 64.
Throw in a special team TD and you come to the conclusion the only team that can present problems for Denver is Denver. As good as they are, I hear people already talking about them going 16-0. I respectfully say, “No chance.” Their schedule is a bit challenging and injuries are a big part of any season.
Houston will be there in the end even though they have not looked good in their first two wins. The Patriots are 2-0 but again have not looked good in the process. The best thing they have going for them is playing the Bills, Jets and Dolphins six times. Most teams get one bye week per year, the Pats get six.
I am enjoying the Friday Football Showdown at Golden Nugget being broadcast on ESPN radio as we have 16 professional sports bettors/handicappers going head to head for $20,000. Second place is $5,000.
I would like to acknowledge Steve Fezzik, who went 5-2 ATS this past weekend in advancing to the next round. I compete the weekend of Oct. 11 and am looking forward to the challenge in with some real heavy hitters.
Golden Nugget sports book director Tony Miller is putting on a great contest and Matt Youmans does a fine job promoting it. Feel free to check out my 10 sports betting radio shows weekly as I am now featured Monday through Friday on Fox News Radio with “Pritchard’s Pick of the Day.”
I have been on a real streak, going 18-2 in my last 20 plays. Also, you can check out my daily selections on the Nick Bonsanto Show, heard daily all over the world on Sports Byline USA. I host my own show “Pritchard’s Picks” every Thursday on AM 1400 radio in Las Vegas from 2-3 p.m. I am joined by my good buddy Brett Grant as we tackle the NFL lines for the upcoming games.
Loved having a couple of my mentors on last week’s show in Lem Banker and also Dink, who was featured in the sports betting movie Lay the Favorite, starring Bruce Willis as Dink.
As Lem has told me on more than one occasion, “Bet with your head, not over it.” Dink has gone on record as saying, “When betting professionally, be on the move early or against it late.” Words to live by, what say you?
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