The most anticipated Monday Night Football opener has arrived with Denver Broncos QB Russell Wilson making headlines on his return to the Emerald City to face the Seattle Seahawks. The Broncos are up to a 6.5-point road favorite among many leading online sportsbooks, including FanDuel, which has the lowest total at 43.5 points.
Bet types and how to read the odds?
After a wild opening Sunday in Week 1 that yielded some surprising results, the Broncos will try to avoid the disruption in a game they have some match-up advantages. Russell Wilson has won 29 out of 40 starts in prime time games while with the Seahawks. But Monday Night Football favorites are 32-27 straight up (SU) and 19-39-1 against the spread (ATS) since 1980.
In Sunday’s Week 1 action, the favorites went 8-5-1 SU and 7-7 ATS, with the Bills winning as the favorite on Thursday to kick off the 2022 NFL season. There are a record 10 road favorites in Week 1, including the Seahawks, and those favorites so far have become 6-2-1 SU and 4-5 ATS. The Broncos are another popular favorite on the road, taking over 70% of the spread money and over 80% of the spread bets at the leading US online sportsbooks.
Monday night prop bets
But beyond the spread, total and money line, fans and bettors are more involved than ever in weekly NFL games, daily fantasy picks and prop betting. Those include game and player props that are not tied to the outcome of the game.
Which player will score the first TD is always a popular proposition bet, and players who score a touchdown at any point during the game are usually among the most deployed player props overall. The Broncos and Seahawks players who take the most bets and money to score a touchdown at any given time include:
- Broncos RB Javonte Williams (+135)
- Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy (+135)
- Broncos WR Courland Sutton (+155)
- Seahawks RB Rashaal Penny (+155)
- Seahawks WR DK Metcalf (+195)
Those five players are also the favorites to score the game’s first touchdown with odds ranging from +650 to +1000, or 10/1.
The Broncos-Seahawks Monday Night Football bet match-up preview in TBEN highlights Seahawks QB Geno Smith under 208.5 passing yards. Other props for players to track and record with props and odds from FanDuel Sportsbook.
Broncos QB Russell Wilson
- Over/Under Passing Yards: 253.5
- Matching touchdowns: 1.5 (over -146)
- Completions and Attempts Succeed: 22.5 and and 33.5
- Will Russell Wilson throw an interception? Yes (+136), No (-182)
Seahawks QB Geno Smith
- Over/under passing yards: 208.5
- Passing touchdowns: 1.5 (over +168)
- Pass completions and attempts: 18.5 and 29.5
The quarterback’s tallest completion props are 38.5 and 35.5 yards.
Broncos RB Javonte Williams
- Over/Under 58.5 yards (rushing and receiving 79.5 yards)
Seahawks RB Rashad Penny
- Moved more than/under 68.5 yards from the board (rushing and receiving 79.5 yards)
- Broncos WR Courtland Sutton O/U 61.5
- Broncos WR Jerry Jeudy O/U 58.5
- Seahawks WR DK Metcalf O/U 55.5
- Seahawks WR Tyler Lockett O/U 49.5
- Broncos TE Albert Okwuegbunam O/U 30.5
- Seahawks TE Noah Fant O/U 22.5
Defensive player props are also offered, including sacks, tackles, and assists, along with interceptions, along with dozens of other player props and scoring props and promos.
The popular Same Game Parlay props continue to attract a lot of interest for fans who like to bet a little to win big.
Follow the NFL betting news, odds, lines, totals and props, but understand that the betting market is fluid and always changing. The Broncos are a -6.5 point favorite against the Seahawks on Monday night, and in the FanDuel sportsbook for tonight’s kickoff, the Broncos are a -10.5 point favorite over the Houston Texans. The Seahawks hit the road in Week 2 and are currently a +8.5 point underdog in San Francisco, with the 49ers returning home yesterday as a 19-10 road favorite loser to the Chicago Bears.
Seattle Seahawks winning culture
The Seahawks have an established culture and winning formula under head coach Pete Carol. Will that continue without QB Russell Wilson, who is now trying to bring back a winning season to Denver for the first time since 2016?
“A lot of people will be surprised by what we’re doing this year.” Seahawks wide receiver DK Metcalf.
Last season was the Seahawks’ first losing season in the past 10 years. The Seahawks posted double-digit wins eight times and made it to the playoffs each year with a Super Bowl win in 2014 after the 2013 season. The Broncos’ 43-8 defeat was led by one of the most dominant defenses in the history of the United States. competition that delivered a show in the Super Bowl. Seattle’s Legion of Boom defense dominated QB Peyton Manning and Broncos’ record-breaking offense.
Now with more attrition and the franchise QB Russell Wilson has traded to Denver, the Seahawks are being written off by the media as they were in 2022. The consensus is that the Seahawks will finish in last place in the NFC West. The odds for the season were +2800 for the Seahawks to win the division and currently +40000, or 400/1 to win the Super Bowl on FanDuel Sportsbook. But with the Rams, 49ers and Cardinals all losing in Week 1, the Seahawks are now at +1600 and could be in first place solo with a Monday Night win over the Broncos.
Seahawks defensive gear and co-captain Al Woods bluntly added, “I don’t care (expletively) about any of that. All I have to say is, everybody tune in and you’ll see.”
We will, along with the interest betting and live betting during the game.
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