NFL Playoff Lines:
Seattle Seahawks: -8
Opening NFL Lines from Bookmaker
The Saints held the high-powered spread offense of the Eagles to just 256 yards in last week’s wild card win, 26-24. The Saints used a balanced offense including 185 rushing yards ( averaged 97 in regular season ) to compliment QB Drew Brees in rolling up 435 yards offense and 35 minutes of possession. But now they face a much stronger challenge on the road against the league’s top defense in Seattle. The Seahawks were 7-1 SU at home this season and 5-3 ATS per the closing pro football betting lines.
Seattle rolled to a 34-7 win over the Saints in Seattle on December 2, 2013. The Seahawks top-ranked defense held the Saints offense to just 12 first downs and 188 total yards in the one-sided win. Seattle QB Russell Wilson has struggled at times against stronger defenses, but he passed for 310 yards, 3 TDs and zero INTs vs. the Saints. Combined with Seattle’s grinding ground game with Marshawn Lynch that led the NFC with 32 rushing attempts per game while averaging 137 rushing YPG, and the Seahawks figure to stomp the Saints once again.
Seattle’s defense led the NFL holding opponents to just 276 YPG. In their last six games of the regular season, no team scored more than 20 points on the Seahawks. In an era of open offenses and rules changes to benefit offense and scoring, Seattle’s defense is arguably one of the top units in league history. No doubt the Saints defense has made massive strides this season to rank #5 in the NFL allowing 305 YPG. But in a game of match-ups, the Seahawks showed in the first meeting that they can dominate the Saints and with an extra week of preparation and rest, Seattle gets the call to win and cover the NFL lines.
Free Play: Tough situation for the Saints following a grueling outright win against the football betting odds at Philadelphia in rough weather and now traveling to the strongest home field in football against the league’s best team. The Saints are 1-6 ATS in their last seven games following a SU win and 0-4 ATS in their last four road games vs. a team with a winning record. The Seahawks are 4-1 ATS in their last five games following a SU win and 4-1 ATS in their last five playoff home games.
Bet the Seahawks over the Saints in the NFL Playoffs