The Denver Broncos are looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2017 season, while the Seattle Seahawks are trying to make their first Super Bowl appearance since 2013. Who will win this week’s matchup?
The broncos vs seahawks is the first game of the preseason week 2. The Broncos are favored by -3 points, but if you’re looking for some more betting options, there are plenty of other games on offer.
On Saturday, the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will meet in the second week of the preseason. It’s time to continue our NFL odds series with a prediction and selection for the Broncos vs. Seahawks matchup.
In the first week of the preseason, the Broncos were one of the most successful teams in the NFL. Denver thrashed the Minnesota Vikings by 27 points, but more significantly, several of their young players put in strong games. Seattle was not as successful as Denver, as they were defeated by the Las Vegas Raiders by two touchdowns in their first preseason game. In Week 2, the Seahawks will try to bounce back and generate more productivity from some important young players.
The lines for Saturday’s game have been set as follows by the bookies.
NFL Betting Odds: Broncos vs. Seahawks
The Denver Broncos are favored by a score of -5. (-105)
+5 for the Seattle Seahawks (-115)
More than 37 1/2 points (-113)
37 1/2 points or less (-107)
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Why the Broncos Have a Chance to Win
Denver has two capable quarterbacks who will play the bulk of the game, which nearly usually results in a preseason victory. Drew Lock and Teddy Bridgewater both had strong Week 1 performances, and that should continue against a Seahawks defense that will use third and fourth-stringers for the most of the game. Both of these quarterbacks should tear up the defense and lead the Broncos to another impressive offensive performance.
The Broncos are renowned for their defense, and their backups proved it last week. Even with a defense packed with undrafted free agents and guys of comparable quality, the Vikings were unable to move the ball against Denver. That speaks to how well-coached these players are, and it doesn’t alter week to week. Last week, Seattle’s offensive was awful, thanks in large part to poor quarterback performance. The Broncos defense should be able to shut down the Seahawks in the same manner that they shut down the Vikings.
Why the Seahawks Have a Chance to Win
Seattle had a few bright moments in their first preseason game, but one of them was the defense. They only gave up 20 points during the game, which is remarkable given the Raiders had a significant edge in time of possession and field position. Cody Barton, a linebacker, put on a show with nine tackles and two sacks. Seattle’s defensive depth was again on display, with several edge defenders excelling in all aspects of the game. This defense should be able to put up another outstanding performance if the offense improves, which is virtually a given.
Now let’s look at Seattle’s offense.
It’s almost impossible to play as badly as they did in the last game. Sean Mannion and Geno Smith, the backup quarterbacks, are both NFL veterans who should have no problem moving the ball against preseason defenses. Rookies D’Wayne Eskridge and Cade Johnson are both high-level talents capable of outplaying most preseason defenders, so whomever plays quarterback will have plenty of potential receivers to throw to. Expect a significant improvement from this offense, which has nowhere to go but up.
Final Broncos-Seahawks Prediction & Pick
While the Seahawks will improve from their first game, Denver should easily win this one. In the preseason, the Broncos’ quarterback performance is just superior than that of most other teams, which is nearly always enough to secure a victory. Denver’s defense is one of the most disciplined and well-coached in the league, which helps. Even if the spread is in play, lock in the Broncos.
FINAL PREDICTION: Denver Broncos at -5. (-105)
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