Last Updated on September 20, 2020
Any game between the New England Patriots and Seattle Seahawks brings back memories of Russell Wilson throwing a pick on the goal line. That image will forever be imprinted in the minds of football fans, but this version of the Patriots is different for one big reason – Cam Newton. Both teams are climbing in Super Bowl odds during this 2020 NFL season.
Your Action Rush Sunday Night Football betting preview has everything you need to know about Seahawks vs. Pats, including betting lines, angles, splits, props, predictions, and more.
Patriots – Seahawks Odds Week 2
The Patriots are four-point underdogs going to Seattle. The Seahawks are coming off of a dominant performance over the Atlanta Falcons on Sunday, one in which Russell Wilson was almost perfect. Still, it would be unwise to overlook the Patriots. Cam Newton was a beast on the ground, running for 75 yards and two scores on 15 carries.
The total points are set to 44.5 despite the fact that Seattle put up 38 in Week 1. However, the Bill Belichick-led Pats always have a strong defense and they should be able to keep the Seahawks from exploding like they did in Atlanta.
SNF Preview & Betting Angles
Sunday Night Football has a good one in Week 2. The Seahawks and Patriots both looked excellent in Week 1, largely because of the play of their quarterbacks. Wilson threw for 322 yards and four touchdowns on 31-for-35 passing while simultaneously leading his team in rushing yards.
But Wilson only had three carries so running with him wasn’t a huge part of the gameplan. As for the Pats, running Newton was a major part of the gameplan. Few NFL quarterbacks have ever been as good as Newton on the ground and you’d be hard-pressed to find any who are as physical as he is.
However, the Seahawks won’t shy away from contact. Linebacker Bobby Wagner is a beast in the run game and newly-added Jamal Adams is the best box safety in football. Adams led Seattle in Week 1 with 12 tackles (eight solo), one sack, and 2.5 tackles for loss. The Patriots only managed to put up 21 points on the Miami Dolphins. It’s going to be a much tougher grind for Newton and company in Week 2.
New England’s defense did an excellent job on Sunday of forcing turnovers. Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw three interceptions, but the Patriots weren’t able to convert any of those takeaways into points. It’ll be much tougher to force Wilson into mistakes on Sunday night than it was Fitzpatrick in Week 1.
In most NFL games, the focus is squarely on the players on the field. That’s not going to be the case with the stonefaced Bill Belichick on one sideline and Pete Carroll annihilating a piece of chewing gum on the other. Both Belichick and Carroll are familiar with these types of big games and the chess match between the two is one of the best storylines of the night.
One thing to keep in mind, the Patriots have covered the spread in eight of their last nine games as underdogs.
Who is the public betting on?
The early consensus among the public points to the Seahawks. They are accounting for 67% and 70% of the spread money and tickets, respectively. That shows that sharps and the general public are both in on Seattle. As for the moneyline, there are similar splits for the handle (64%) and tickets (69%).
There is a strong belief among the public that this game is destined for the over. 90% of the money and 87% of tickets are on the over to hit.
Where To Watch Patriots at Seahawks Week 2
Sunday Night Football can be found on NBC every week with a kick-off time of 8:20 p.m. ET. Al Michaels is taking a step back in his play-by-play duties this year, but he’ll be on the call in Seattle. Mike Tirico is set to take over some of the play-by-play for Sunday Night Football. Cris Collinsworth will be the game analyst with Michele Tafoya as the sideline reporter.
DraftKings Sportsbook doesn’t have any player markets on the board yet, but there are a bunch of team props out there. Don’t lock yourself into this one until you see what the odds on the player markets are, but the Seahawks over-under on total touchdowns is an intriguing play. It’s set to 2.5 (-127) and if Wilson is able to air it out like he did in Week 1, this is a smart bet.
Betting Picks & Score Prediction
New England almost always seems to cover when they’re the underdog and it’s always tough to pick against the Patriots, but that’s exactly what I’m going to do here. They’re going to be a dangerous team in the AFC this year no doubt.
With that said, traveling out to the west coast and trying to keep up with the high-flying Seahawks offense, led by Russell Wilson, is a tall task for any team. Take the Seahawks laying the points.
Final score prediction: Seahawks win 31-24
Small’s 2020 NFL Record: 3-1