Line: Seahawks -4.5

This matchup features a rematch from last seasons Superbowl in which the Seahawks dominated Denver in every aspect of the game during their 43-8 blowout win. Both teams have made offseason moves to upgrade their rosters and it should be a much more competitive game on Sunday than the last time these two teams met. Seattle is coming off a disappointing loss to the San Diego Chargers in which their defense was outplayed by an offense for the first time in a long time. Denver was also involve in a game that was much closer than teams would have expected in week 2 but they were still able to come up with a 24-17 win over the Chiefs last week. Peyton Manning has a typical game with 242 yards passing on 21-26 with 3 touchdowns. On the season he now has 6 touchdown passes and zero interceptions.

The Broncos offense has not been as dominant as it was last season as it is averaging more than 100 yards per game less than last season in total offense. One addition to the offense that could easily pick up the slack is veteran wide receiver Wes Welker who will be returning from a drug suspension. He had 73 catches and 10 touchdowns in 13 game last season and is the perfect threat in the slot for Peyton Manning. He will create more room on the outside for Demarius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders as well as open up the middle for tight end Julius Thomas who already has 4 touchdowns. The team’s defense has been solid but not spectacular. It will be interesting to see how much they improve in the coming weeks as the new players integrate themselves into the system.

The Seahawks had the first bad game that they have had in along time last week and will be looking to rebound in a strong and convincing way. The Chargers threw the ball in the direction of cornerback Richard Sherman often and found surprising success. It remains to be seen whether or not Manning will let Shermans presence affect where he is going to throw the ball in anyway. Running back Marshawn Lynch has certainly come to play this season. He is averaging a ridiculous 5.6 yards per carry to go along with 2 touchdowns. Wide receiver Percy harvin appears to be healthy for the first time in a while and has been strong thus far. He has 86 rushing yards and a touchdown to go along with his work as a receiver. The defense had an off game last week so it will be interesting to see how they bounce back as a unit.

Denver has been the favorite in 31 straight games including the playoffs. Unless something crazy happens that streak will end at gametime on Sunday. It will be interesting to see how they handle a hostile environment in the first game they are playing that they were favored to win in a very long time.

Pick: Seahawks -4.5

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