Buffalo at Seattle Lines, Free Pick & TV Info
When: Monday, Nov. 7, 8:30 PM ET
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle
Stream Option: WatchESPN
Opening NFL Lines: Seahawks -7 (44)
Why Bet on Buffalo?The Bills (4-4) lost 41-25 at home to New England last week. The Patriots broke the game open by scoring 27 points over five consecutive possessions. The surge began with Tom Brady’s 53-yard pass to Rob Gronkowski with 4:18 left in the second quarter. The Bills sputtered minus their offensive top threat, running back LeSean McCoy, who was sidelined by an injury to his left hamstring. Backup running back Mike Gillislee scored on a 3-yard run and Tyrod Taylor scrambled for a 26-yard touchdown on fourth down in the third quarter. Jonathan Williams scored on a 1-yard run with 30 seconds left.
Taylor’s run moved him into third place on the Bills all-time quarterback rushing list with 887 rushing yards with Buffalo. Taylor moved past Doug Flutie (885) on the all-time list for the third spot. The Bills starting QB trails only Jim Kelly (1,049) and Joe Ferguson (1,174). Over the past two seasons, Taylor is one of two quarterbacks (Cam Newton) with a 90+ passer rating (94.8) and 800+ rushing yards (887).
Speaking after Thursday’s practice, McCoy said he “(feels) a lot better today than I have.” Thus he could return this week. To strengthen an injury-ravaged receiving corps this week, the Bills signed Percy Harvin. Harvin, 28, who was a member of the Seahawks’ Super Bowl XLVIII-winning team, played five games for Buffalo in 2015 before being sidelined by a hip injury.
The Bills put last year’s leading receiver Sammy Watkins on injured reserve earlier this season and saw Greg Salas join him a short time later. Robert Woods, this year’s leading receiver, has been playing through a foot injury. The Bills currently rank 31st in the league with 179 passing yards per game. Bills coach Rex Ryan admits the team is trying to “catch lightning in a bottle” with Harvin.
Entering his 10th season with nine career sacks, Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander leads the NFL with nine sacks this season. With one sack against Seattle on Monday night, Alexander would become the first player to begin his career in 1982 or later with a career total of fewer than 10 sacks to record 10 sacks in his 10th season. Alexander sustained a hamstring injury in Sunday’s loss, but says he plans to play Monday.
Why Bet on Seattle?The Seahawks (4-2- 1) lost 25-20 last week in New Orleans. With a chance to win, the Seahawks’ final drive started on the Seattle 32 with 1:50 left. Russell Wilson took the Seahawks to the New Orleans 10, where he had one final play. He lofted a pass toward the corner of the end zone, where Jermaine Kearse caught the ball, but landed out of bounds. Wilson finished with 253 yards passing and was intercepted once by linebacker Nathan Stupar, whose diving snag set up the Saints’ first TD.
When the Seahawks are productive offensively, they have different elements working together — the run game, the quick passing attack and the shots downfield. That hasn’t been happening much this season. One area where the Seahawks are lacking is explosive plays. Last year, Wilson produced 60 explosive plays (20 yards or more), fourth-most in the NFL. This season, he has 20, which ranks 17th. Last year, 12.4 percent of Wilson’s throws traveled at least 20 yards downfield; that ranked 14th. This season, it’s down to 8.7 percent (25th).
Coach Pete Carroll said rookie running back C.J. Prosise “will be a lot more involved” over the final eight games. Prosise was as involved against the Saints as he’s been all season. He played 23 offensive snaps compared to 28 for starter Christine Michael. Prosise ran four times for 23 yards and also was the Seahawks’ leading receiver. He caught four balls on four targets for 80 yards, including a 43-yard reception on a double pass. The Seahawks’ run game has been hampered by Wilson’s inability to be a threat due to three different injuries.
Seattle has won seven consecutive Monday night games at home. This season, the Seahawks are 3-0 at CenturyLink Field. Since 2012, Seattle has posted a 34-5 (.872) record at home (including the playoffs). In the last meeting between the teams (December 16, 2012 in Toronto, a 50-17 Seattle win), Wilson became the first player in NFL history to have three rushing touchdowns and a touchdown pass in the first half of a game.
Buffalo at Seattle Free Pick: Seattle
Bills are 1-10 ATS in their last 11 games following a double-digit loss at home. Seahawks are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up loss. Under is 9-4 in Seahawks last 13 games overall.
Take Seattle and go under the total in online NFL bets.