NFL Week 1 Game Preview: Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks

Written By FairwayJay on September 12, 2022
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The Denver Broncos visit the Seattle Seahawks for an 8:15 p.m. ET kickoff on Week 1 Monday Night Football. The Sept. 12 primetime game shows the Broncos as a spread favorites and on the moneyline. The point total is up to . Read on for a full analysis of Seahawks – Broncos odds.

In this article, we break down everything you need to know before placing a bet on the game, including team matchups, key metrics, weather, and the best available Week 2 odds. Click on the odds anywhere in this post to bet now.

Broncos vs. Seahawks Odds: Spread, Moneyline, Over/Under

When using the odds table, click the dropdown menu and select the type of bet you wish to make. 

Betting the point spread is when you wager on how many points a team will win or lose by. A plus sign in front of the spread is the underdog, and a minus sign is the favorite. The Broncos would have to win by at least 7 points if you bet on Denver to cover the point spread (-6.5). A spread bet on the Seahawks would win if Seattle wins the game or loses by 6 points or less. 

Betting the moneyline is simply betting on which particular team will win a game.

The total is the number of combined points the two teams will score. Bettors can choose to bet the over or under on how many total points will be scored in the game. 

Broncos vs. Seahawks player props

In the props tool search bar, type in a team or player and hit enter. You’ll see the various proposition bets offered by leading online sportsbooks. 

This is a valuable tool that allows bettors to compare odds and stats when considering a prop bet. 

Broncos and Seahawks betting news & angles

The Broncos had taken 90% of the bets and 89% of the spread money at BetMGM, as of Friday morning. The Broncos are up from the opener of -4.5 to -6.5. In the over/under market, two out of every three bets were on the Over, which has risen to -44.5 with 66% of the money supporting a higher-scoring finish.

Monday Night Football favorites are 32-27 SU and 19-39-1 ATS since 1980.

Broncos vs. Seahawks injury report

 PositionInjuryThuFriSatGame Status
Randy GregoryOLBShoulder/KneeLPLPLPQuestionable
KJ HamlerWRKnee/HipLPLPLPQuestionable
Josey JewellILBCalfLPDNPDNPOut
Billy TurnerOTKneeLPLPLPQuestionable
Jonas GriffithLBElbowFPFPFP(-)
Kenneth Walker IIIRBHerniaDNPDNPDNPQuestionable
Tyler OttLSShoulderDNPDNPDNPOut
Artie BurnsCBGroinDNPDNPDNPDoubtful
Alton RobinsonLBKneeDNPDNPDNPOut
Jake CurhanOTElbowLPFPFP(-)
Damien LewisGKnee/AnkleLPLPLPQuestionable
Sidney JonesCBConcussionLPFPFP(-)
Boye MafeLBShoulderLPFP(-)
Ryan NealDBAnkleLPFP(-)
Gabe JacksonGKneeLPFP(-)

Broncos offense vs. Seahawks defense

Broncos OffStats (Rank)Seahawks Def
19.7 (#23)Points Game21.5 (#12)
0.323 (#21) Points/Play0.305 (#2)
330.5 (#19)Yards/Game379.1 (#28)
211.4 (#19) Pass Yards/Gm265.5 (#31)
119.1 (#12)Rush Yards/Gg113.6 (#17)
5.4 (#19)Yards/Play5.4 (#16)
6.6 (#16)Yards/Pass6.9 (#24)
4.5 (#9)Yards/Rush3.8 (#2)
38.50% (#21)3rd Down %39.29% (#15)
54.72% (#21)Red Zone TD %50.82% (#3)
1.1 (#8)Turnovers/Gm1.1 (#25)
6.88% (#22) QB Sack %4.91% (#30)

Seahawks offense vs. Broncos defense

Seahawks OffStats (Rank)Broncos Def
23.2 (#16)Points/Game18.9 (#2)
0.414 (#10)Points/Play0.310 (#3)
323.9 (#20)Yards/Game326.1 (#9)
201.9 (#24)Pass Yards/Game214.8 (#8)
122.0 (#9)Rush Yards/Game113.6 (#17)
5.8 (#8)Yards/Play5.3 (#14)
6.9 (#13) Yards/Pass6.5 (#14)
5.0 (#3) Yards/Rush4.3 (#13)
37.31% (#23)3rd Down %44.89% (#28)
64.58% (#3)Red Zone TD %50.00% (#2)
0.8 (#2)Turnovers1.1 (#T21)
8.50% (#28)QB Sack %6.02% (#17)

Broncos vs. Seahawks Betting Insights

Why the Broncos can cover the spread

With the addition of Russell Wilson at quarterback, the Broncos offense will jump forward from their 19.7 points per game last season. The improved offensive line and emergence of RB Javonte Williams gives the Broncos more balance with a capable quarterback in play-action attacking the seams and downfield threats. The Broncos passing game was below average last season averaging 211 yards per game. The Seahawks defensive secondary starts the season ranked No. 25 by Sharp Football Analysis with a lack of proven talent at cornerback and a zone-heavy scheme.

Why the Seahawks can cover the spread

The Seahawks will try to control the ball, clock and chains with RB Rashaad Penny. But a few big plays will be needed by QB Geno Smith, and he has a special receiver in DK Metcalf as the best on the field to make it happen. Few believe in or trust the Seahawks and QB Geno Smith in this match-up, but the Broncos defense did rank No. 20 in yards per drive and DVOA last season despite a top-three ranking in points allowed.     

Reasons to bet the over

Both teams are expected to be aggressive at the line of scrimmage. More quick-hitting screen and seam plays along with single-coverage on the outside could open up opportunities to some big plays and scores. New Broncos QB Russell Wilson threw 4 TDs in each of the last two season openers while playing with the Seahawks, making his TD passing prop () something to consider along with additional scoring. Turnover and youth make up the Seattle secondary, and the Seahawks defense ranked No. 31 in the NFL in passing yards allowed and pass attempts (38.7) while near the bottom in total yards allowed at nearly 380 per game.  

Reasons to bet the under

The Broncos defense allowed 289 yards per game last season. They’ll be physical and focused on the Seahawks run game and attacking the line of scrimmage and forcing more down and distance plays for new Seahawks QB Geno Smith. New Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett didn’t play his first string in the preseason, and training camp featured a light jog-through every third day. The Broncos offense may not be nearly as sharp as expected while also running the ball more and keeping the clock moving.  

Broncos vs. Seahawks matchups to watch for

Russell Wilson vs Seattle Secondary. Wilson’s passing yardage prop is . Seattle starts rookie Tariq Woolen at cornerback and also have a rookie nickelback. Woolen is a converted wide receiver with 4.26 speed who has been the surprise of training camp and consistently making plays on balls in the air. The Seahawks system of disguising man-to-man and zone coverages with press coverage will be key to limiting Wilson in the passing game.   

Geno Smith vs Denver Pass Rush. Smith’s passing prop is just . Denver’s defense includes a young, talented secondary led by Patrick Surtain II. When Seattle is forced to pass or in down and distance plays, the Broncos will bring more pressure from their strong linebackers Randy Gregory and Bradley Chubb, and the Seahawks offensive line starters includes a pair of rookie tackles Charles Cross and Abraham Lucas.

Final Thoughts

The emotions will be high at Lumen Field in Seattle, and the Broncos have taken money after opening as a shorter favorite. You can now bet them at now . Every Mile High Huddle staff member has the Broncos winning by double-digits. That’s an easy prediction, until you review Sunday’s NFL results and see three similar road favorites in this range fail to cover in the Saints’ and Eagles’ narrow wins while the Colts had to rally to tie the Texans.

Wilson is 29-11-1 in primetime games and the Broncos have more talent and match-up edges to secure the win.

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