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Patriots, Seahawks Square Off In Sunday Night Clash

Patriots vs Seahawks Week 2 NFL 2020 Cam Newton

Two of the league’s top prime-time teams meet under the lights this week as Seattle (1-0 SU and ATS) hosts New England (1-0 SU and ATS). The Seahawks are 30-8-1 SU in their last 39 night games while the Pats are 38-12 in their last 50. Seattle opened as a 3.5-point home favorite.

New England Patriots vs Seattle Seahawks
  • Date/Time: September 20, 8:20 p.m. ET
  • Stadium: CenturyLink Field
  • TV Coverage: NBC
  • Opening Odds: 49ers -4 | O/U 43.5 (Line History)
  • Patriots vs Seahawks Matchup Report

Opening Odds Analysis

Both teams are coming off double-digit Week 1 wins, but the Seahawks seem to have impressed bettors the most as early money on Seattle moved this line to -4 by Monday. New England has thrived in the underdog role recently under Bill Belichick, winning outright in eight of its last nine games when catching points.

New England News & Notes

To say the Patriots offense looks different without Tom Brady would be an understatement. New England pounded the rock early and often in last week’s season opener against Miami, running 42 times for 217 yards. Cam Newton led the way with a team-high 75 rushing yards, more than Brady ran for in the previous two seasons combined. Newton had 15 carries, a franchise record for single-game rushing attempts by a QB.

All that ground time meant the Patriots had just three drives in the first 28 minutes of the second half. New England drove for touchdowns on two of those three possessions and would have had a major on all three had the Pats not fumbled on the Miami one-yard line.

There’s already some concern about Newton’s usage rate as a runner, but if the Pats continue running the ball at this pace, they could emerge as a great UNDER bet. New England is also 6-1 to the UNDER in its last seven September contests and has stayed low in six of its last seven non-conference contests.

Seattle News & Notes

While the Patriots have gone more conservative this year, the Seahawks were uncharacteristically aggressive throughout last week’s 38-25 win in Atlanta. Seattle called passing plays nearly twice as often as running plays (38-20), allowing Russell Wilson to show off his arm. The veteran delivered one of the most efficient performances of his career, completing 31 of 35 passes for 322 yards and four touchdowns.

Wilson’s big day overshadowed what was a dicey afternoon for the Seattle secondary, which allowed three Falcons receivers to eclipse 100 yards. The Seahawks defense came up big when it mattered, though, stopping Atlanta four times on downs and forcing a pair of turnovers. Seattle has proven an ability to bend but not break on defense, winning its last four regular-season games when it has allowed 500-plus yards.

CenturyLink Field is known as one of the loudest stadiums in the NFL, especially in a prime-time matchup, and the absence of fans means the Seahawks could lose a bit of their home-field advantage. Seattle has been especially dominant at home early in the season, going 12-4 ATS and 15-1 SU in its last 16 September games at home. However, the ’Hawks have covered just two of their last nine overall when playing in the Pacific Northwest.

Betting Pick: Seahawks -4

The Patriots were able to push Miami around last week, but they’ll have a tougher time running the ball down the throat of this Seattle defense. Wilson and the Seahawks should continue their early-season home dominance with another comfortable victory.

Shark Bites
  • New England is 8-1 SU and ATS in its last 9 games as an underdog.
  • Seattle is 2-7 ATS in its last 9 games at home.
  • The OVER is 5-0 in the last 5 games in this matchup.