After losing to Seattle in the regular season, Dak Prescott and the Dallas Cowboys will be looking to both, avoid an upset – and extract some revenge – when they host Russell Wilson and the visiting Seahawks in their NFC wild card clash on Saturday. If you’re looking for some expert NFL playoff betting predictions, then let’s get to my expert pick right now.
Seahawks vs Cowboys 2018 NFC Wild Card Odds & Pick
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- When: Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 8:20 PM ET
- Where: AT&T Stadium
- TV: FOX
- Radio: Seattle / Dallas
- Live Stream: NFL Live
- NFL Wild Card Odds: Dallas -2.5 / Total: 40
- Clear: 11°C/52°F
- Humidity: 71%
- Precipitation: 2%
- Wind: 10 mph S
- Cloud Cover: 1%
- Type of Stadium: Retractable
Why Bet On The Seattle Seahawks at +2.5?
Why should you consider betting on Seattle in this contest? Well, there are a bunch of great reason NFL betting buffs. First, the Seahawks beat the Cowboys 24-13 at home in Week 3 to easily cover the chalk as a 1-point favorite. Then, there’s the fact that Seattle is truly playing its best football of the season at just the right time. The Seahawks closed out the regular season by winning two straight and six of their last seven games, including a thrilling 38-31 win over Kansas City in Week 16 and a narrow 27-24 win over Arizona in their regular season finale.
I think what it comes down to is nobody wanted to play in Chicago,” Doug Baldwin said. “We wanted to play in Dallas in a dome.”
Two more good reasons to back the Seahawks is the fact that they lead the league in rushing (193.3 ypg) and have an excellent defense that ranks 11th in points allowed (21.7 ppg). Last but not least, Seattle has an MVP-caliber superstar leader in veteran quarterback Russell Wilson that has thrown for 3,448 yards with 35 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. Wilson played every offensive snap for the Seahawks this season for the first time in his seven-year career.
- Average Score For: 26.75
- Total Yards: 353.31
- Pass Yards: 193.31
- Rush Yards: 160
- Average Score Against: 21.69
- Total Yards: 353.31
- Pass Yards: 240.12
- Rush Yards: 113.19
Why Bet On The Dallas Cowboys at -2.5?
Why should you consider betting on Dallas in this wild card clash? There are also several good reason to back the Cowboys. First and foremost, Dallas is playing their best football of the season in winning two straight and seven of their last eight games overall, including their narrow 36-35 win over the Giants in their regular season finale.
Another good reason to back the Boys is because they have an elite defense that limited the opposition to just 20.2 points per game to rank sixth in points allowed. The last good reason to back Dallas in this wild card matchup is because the Cowboys are playing at home where they’ve won seven of eight this season. For the season, Dak Prescott has thrown for 3,885 yards with 22 touchdowns and eight interceptions.
“Normally after a real game I’m not feeling ready to play until about Friday, Saturday, but I’m ready to go right now,” running back Ezekiel Elliott said after practice on Tuesday.
- Average Score For: 21.19
- Total Yards: 343.81
- Pass Yards: 221.06
- Rush Yards: 122.75
- Average Score Against: 20.25
- Total Yards: 329.25
- Pass Yards: 234.69
- Rush Yards: 94.56
Seahawks vs Cowboys NFL Wild Card Betting Trends
- Seattle is 4-2 ATS in the last 6 games
- Seattle is 6-1 SU in the last 7 games
- The total went OVER in 7 of Seattle’s last 8 games
- Dallas is 6-1-1 ATS in the last 8 games
- Dallas is 7-1 SU in the last 8 games
- The total went UNDER in 17 of Dallas’s last 25 games
Expert Analysis and Prediction for Seahawks vs Cowboys
I’m not going to waste a lot of time beating around the bush with my pick on this NFC wild card clash simply because I believe the Seahawks are virtual locks to beat the Cowboys despite the fact that this will will be played in the Lone Star state.
Seattle has won three straight and four of five against Dallas since Russell Wilson became the starter back in 2012 with two of those victories coming by nine points or more. The Seahawks are 5-1 ATS in their last six games against a team with a winning record, 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games and 8-3-1 ATS in their last 12 games overall. Conversely, the Cowboys are just 3-7 ATS in their last 10 home games against a team with a winning road record, a discouraging 3-8 ATS in their last 11 playoff games and 1-4 ATS in their last 5 playoff home games.
While Seattle has gone 4-1 ATS in their last 5 Wildcard games, Dallas is an uninspiring 1-5 ATS in their last six games in the month of January. With the underdog in this series going 5-1 ATS in their last 6 meetings and Seattle looking like a team that could beat anyone in the NFC right about now, I say back the Seahawks to win and cash in!
NFL Wild Card Pick: Seattle 24 Dallas 20