It was a summer of mixed reactions for both the Miami Dolphins and Seattle Seahawks, but none of that will matter much this Sunday, as the two teams will have a chance to open the 2016 NFL season on a clean slate with a showdown at the CenturyLink Field. Needless to say, the Seahawks are the obvious NFL betting favorites in this game, and most experts believe that they will most likely win this game in a big way, no wonder the NFL lines favor Seattle by double-digits. But can the Dolphins pull a surprise on them? Find out as we take you through a sweeping online betting preview of this encounter.s
Here’s a Closer Look At The Dolphins at Seahawks NFL Week 1 Expert Predictions
Where: CenturyLink Field, Seattle
When: Sunday, September 11, 4:05 PM ET
Live Stream: CBS Sports Network
NFL Lines: Seattle (-10.5), OVER/UNDER: 44.0
Why Bet on Miami
Despite coming into this game as heavy underdogs, the Miami Dolphins did show some improvements in their preseason, particularly on the offensive end of things, with QB Ryan Tannehill making good decisions with the ball under the center. Still, after a 6-10 campaign and a rather “one-step-forward, two-steps-back” kind-of summer, it would be too much to ask for an outright upset in this game. But then again, the Dolphins are impressively 5-1 SU and 5-1 ATS in their last six games against Seattle This means we could be in for a surprise, especially if the Seahawks begin their season shakily like they did in 2015 when the lost 34-31 to the lowly Los Angeles Rams in Week 1, followed by a 27-17 loss to Green Bay in Week 2.
Why Bet on Seattle
Losing Marshawn Lynch to retirement will definitely sting for a while for the Seahawks, but with star quarterback Russell Wilson coming off a career year where he threw for 4,024 yards and 34 touchdowns against eight picks, and added 103 rushes for 553 yards and a running touchdown; Seattle’s offense should do just fine in the post-Beast Mode era. This should additionally be encouraged by the support of Seattle’s defense that has finished best in the league in scoring defense for the past four straight years, including last year when they allowed a league-low 17.3 PPG to go along with 291 total yards per game (second-best in the NFL).
Expert Week 1 NFL Picks and Predictions
There is really no doubt about Seattle’s superiority in this contest, more-so in regards to bagging the victory. It, however, remains to be seen if the Seahawks will be able to cover this spread. I mean, the Seahawks were averagely 5-3 SU and 4-4 ATS in their eight home games last season and the Dolphins have the offensive talent to keep the scores respectable, so an ATS win could be in the books for the visiting Miami team that has lost just 1 of its last 6 meetings vs. Seattle.