Pick 1: Seattle vs. Arizona and Kansas City vs. Oakland

Pick 1: Seattle vs. Arizona and Kansas City vs. Oakland

The Teaser: Pair Seattle and Kansas City

Game 1: Seattle vs. Arizona

The Initial Line:

Seattle +7.5 away vs. Arizona

The Take:

Add 7 points to Seattle’s line

The Final Line:

Seattle +14.5

The Breakdown:

Seattle had their win streak snapped Sunday, as they fell at home to St. Louis 23-17. Arizona kept their long winning streak going, as they crushed Green Bay at home 38-8. Both of these teams have clinched a playoff spot, and now the question is seeding. Arizona has an outside shot at #1 if they win and Carolina loses, although they have at least clinched a 1st round bye. Seattle will either have the #5 or 6 seed depending on this game and the result of the Minnesota/GB game. Seattle would have a much easier task playing on the road vs Washington (with #5 seed) rather than Minnesota or Green Bay. Arizona looked primed for a long playoff run and potential Super Bowl appearance, but Seattle is one team that could maybe match them on offense and defense. Both teams have a top 5 offense and defense, which is a testament to how well-rounded they are. Expect a shoot-out here, so take Seattle with a 2 TD cushion.

Final Stat: Seattle hasn’t lost a game by more than 10 pts all season.

Game 2: Kansas City vs. Oakland

The Initial Line:

Kansas City -7.5 home vs. Oakland

The Take:

Add 7 points to Kansas City’s line

The Final Line:

Kansas City -0.5

The Breakdown:

Kansas City kept their win streak going, as they held on against Cleveland 17-13. Oakland got a win in potentially their last home game ever in that city, as they defeated San Diego in OT 23-20. Kansas City is only 1 of 2 teams to ever start a year 1-5 and reach the postseason. They’ve won 9 straight games and currently hold the #5 seed in the AFC playoff picture. This will be the final game for sure HOF Charles Woodson, as he announced last week that he would retire at season’s end. Kansas City has slowed everyone down lately though, as they’ve only allowed an average of 12.3 PPG during their 9 game win streak. One of those wins includes a 34-20 victory over Oakland on the road, but now the game will be at Arrowhead Stadium. If KC wins and Denver loses they will claim the AFC West title and a #3 seed, so you know they’d love to have a playoff home game. Expect another solid outing from them to end the season as they will win at home.

Final Stat: Kansas City doesn’t turn the ball over much, as they rank #2 in turnover differential in the NFL.

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