The Seattle Seahawks – who left many people who bet on NFL straight-up baffled – will visit the New Orleans Saints at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Sunday, October 30th. These are the NFL betting online odds for the game:
Seahawks -3½ (-110) 48 (-110)
Saints +3½ (-110) 48 (-110)
The Seahawks (4-1-1) tied 6-6 with the Arizona Cardinals, the first time this happens in the NFL since 2014. Until the game reached overtime, Seattle only got past midfield when wide receiver Tanner McEnvoy blocked a punt with 4:33 left on the clock, which gave the Seahawks the ball on the Cards 27 and resulted in a 40-yard field goal by kicker Stephen Hauschka that tied the proceedings to 3 apiece. Later Hauschka missed what could have been the winning field goal with seven seconds to go. Ouchka! Seahawks QB Russell Wilson finished 24 of 37 for 225 yards with no TDs or interceptions.
The Saints dropped to 2-4 in spite of another stellar performance from starting QB Drew Brees against the Kansas City Chiefs. My Lord and Savior Breesus went 37 of 48 with 367 yards with three scoring passes, one of which connected with wide receiver Brandon Coleman to make it 21-24 with 2:33 remaining to play. Unfortunately, the subsequent kick went out of bounds. The Chiefs made a 41-yard field goal and the Saints – much like real life saints – were impotent to do anything in the last 28 seconds. Breesus wept.
Barring any unforeseen event, the Seahawks will be the favorites of people who bet on NFL this Sunday – which in turn would be only the third time that the Saints are home dogs since 2013. New Orleans is 3-0 against the spread and 2-1 straight up in those three games. Seattle QB Russell Wilson will be making his first visit to the Big Easy in his career – if he actually makes it that long, that is.
Wilson only ran for minus two yards on one carry against the Cards, calling into question his mobility – or lack thereof. Wilson sprained an ankle in week 1 and an MCL in his left knee in week 3. He may also have a warped sense of reality, as Wilson insists that he feels fine, even though he is clearly playing like Ferrari with a flat tire – that is, he is playing well, but he could be playing better if he were healthy.
The Seahawks’ offense doesn’t get as good as when Wilson’s running game is a factor. But right now he’s like Forrest Gump when he still had the leg braces on. Meanwhile, Seattle has at least two alternatives; improving the o-line (but unless they trade, it doesn’t seem like there will be any roster changes in the near future), and adjusting the strategy as they go.
The latter appears to be what they’re going for. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has mentioned the quick passing game as an extension of the running game because they are high-percentage throws. In the meantime, all Seattle fans who bet on NFL should wish Wilson a speedy recovery. Run, Russell, run.