It may have been very surprising to some BetOnline customers that the Seattle Seahawks looked to give a half-hearted effort last week at home against the Los Angeles Rams. With only 197 yards of offense, they worked without any punch. And it could not have made Pete Carroll too happy.
For example, Tyler Lockett, an explosive wide receiver, had only ten yards. So how are they going to go about getting some more going on the offensive end? They may have a tall task against the Detroit Lions, who are coming off a very inspiring Thursday night victory over the Kansas City Chiefs to open their season.
In the pro football odds posted on this game, Detroit is the favorite:
Detroit Lions -4
Seattle Seahawks +4
Over 47 points -113
Under 47 points -107
When the Seahawks played the Rams, Los Angeles didn’t necessarily have a lot of dynamism on offense. But they are going to be more challenged this week with the Detroit run game. And that’s just the way Dan Campbell wants it. He drafted Jamhyr Gibbs in the first round, and the rookie gave him six yards per carry. Then free agent acquisition David Montgomery added 74 yards on the ground. This is the kind of 1-2 punch that the lions think they can capture the NFC North with.
Jared Goff has always worked best behind play action, and he was one of four NFL quarterbacks, who had more than 100 yards in play action passing last week. Remember that the Lions offensive line has a lot of power, and this team had more prep time, on account of having played on a Thursday night.
In last year‘s game, the Seahawks won it by a 48–45 count. Goff had 375 yards in that one. we are wondering whether we'll have that kind of aerial explosion in this one. And if you are a Seattle fan, you may be wondering whether last season's Pro Bowl effort by Geno Smith might have been a one-off. In the opener, he threw 26 passes and had only 112 yards from the air. This does not represent good production. And it doesn't threaten anybody. Plus, the Seahawks are operating with injuries on their offensive line. And that’s a tough place for them to be because Kenneth Walker might have to be the guy who really steps up and supplies a lot to the attack. Last week he was more than serviceable, with 64 yards on a dozen carries.
The Lions appear to be the team moving in the better direction right now. And Jamal Adams, Seattle’s best safety, is still out of action. Let’s see if Seattle can actually slow down this Detroit running game. We are not sure they can, so we’re gonna lay the points.
Houston Texans -1 (-107)
Indianapolis Colts +1 (-113)
Over 39.5 points (-115)
Under 39.5 points (-105)
The game between the Indianapolis Colts and the Houston Texans may not be the most attractive proposition for a lot of people, but there’s some intrigue with it, because this game matches up two quarterbacks who were among the top four choices in the NFL draft.
So which of these quarterbacks will adapt more quickly to the league?
Well, both of them topped the 200 yard mark last week. Anthony Richardson, drafted with the fourth pick overall by the Colts, completed 24 of 37 passes for 223 yards against Jacksonville, and CJ Stroud, the Ohio State product who was taken with the second pick by Houston, went 28 of 44 for 242 yards.
Richardson might wind up being the guy who can contribute more, simply because of his willingness to run with the ball. He’s a very big guy, runs with a lot of authority, and of course he’s been compared in terms of his physical presence to Cam Newton. He had 40 rushing yards last week, but he has a lot of confidence in pulling the ball down and taking off with it, by design or improvisation. Over the course of time, that might be his undoing, because he leaves his body open to a lot of hits.
Speaking of that, Stroud is the guy who comes into this game with a shoulder injury, but in all likelihood, he’s going to play. Houston has had some issues with banged up offensive linemen, so that’s definitely something to watch for.
No one’s really going to respect the Colts that much, because Jonathan Taylor, the running back who constituted most of their offense, not only has to sit out the first four games, because he’s on the PUP (Physically Unable to Perform) list, he also wants out of Indianapolis altogether, but the team could not arrange a trade for him.
Does this impact the way we’re going in this game? Not really, because Indianapolis looks like the team that’s a little more stable on the defensive end. we like the UNDER here, and would lean toward the Colts as far as the side is concerned.
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