Still, Seattle is a very tough place for visitors to play, and take Russell Wilson over Andy Dalton any day.
I don’t love Cincinnati in this spot, but Seattle likes to run the ball and that keeps games close. Besides, two-thirds of survivor pool players will be on Seattle this week, and you know what that usually means.
Russell Wilson should have success here, but I think the Bengals hang around.
But is Andy Dalton the quarterback to run the type of frantic play-action offense that Taylor will presumably have brought over from the Rams? A road game in Seattle seems like a terrible time to find out. Seattle should win, but covering such a wide spread is far from a given.
Seattle traded for defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and he'll start his quest for a fat new contract by wreaking the game plan on new Bengals coach Zac Taylor.
This is a ton of points to lay, but I think the Seahawks come out playing with a purpose early on after landing Jadeveon Clowney in a trade. The Bengals offensive line is in tatters and A.J. Green won't be there to test the secondary.
Without A.J. Green, the Bengals are going to have a hard time scoring on the road against a defense that just added Jadeveon Clowney. Russell Wilson will find a way to get Seattle into the end zone a few times for a two-score win.
The Bengals might be really, really bad this season. It would be stunning if they didn’t get their asses kicked in Seattle, where the Seahawks are 14-0 SU and 12-2 ATS in their last 14 September home games.
Seattle’s offensive line is questionable, but the Bengals don’t have much of a pass rush as they were 28th in sacks last year. Seattle had the fewest giveaways in the NFL last season and best turnover differential in the NFL. The Legion of Boom is gone, but the addition of Jadaveon Clowney bolsters their defense and allows the team to not rely on Russell Wilson as much.
There are trends that indicate large favorites are a questionable bet in Week 1, but I like this trend even more: Seattle is 25-6 ATS at home in September since 2000. Cincinnati not having its best player (A.J. Green) and its left tackle might also prove to be a slight issue.
The Zac Taylor era will get off to a rough start on a long road trip that no rebuilding team wants to start a season. The Bengals don’t have enough to throw off the Seahawks’ run-heavy, ball control-oriented game plan, which also will have room for shot plays from Russell Wilson to Tyler Lockett.
The Seahawks should fight for the playoffs. The Bengals should fight for the second-overall pick in the draft (nobody is fighting the Dolphins for the top spot). Mismatch in the Pacific Northwest.
Don’t want anything to do with this game, as the Seahawks are a bet-against and likely to regress with an antiquated offensive strategy but they host what might be the worst team in the league to open the year. Seattle still has one of the best home-field advantages in the NFL at CenturyLink Field.
The Bengals are probably embarrassed they weren’t even the winningest team in Ohio last season. And they will rely again on Andy Dalton, AJ Green and Joe Mixon to do something about it. Look out for the Seahawks. They added Jadeveon Clowney and Ezekial Ansah to their defense.
The Bengals are already banged up, including maybe their best player in A.J. Green. I think Seattle steamrolls them here in Week 1.