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The Monday Night Football schedule kicks off with the Denver Broncos (-275) visiting the Seattle Seahawks (+230) on Monday night in Russell Wilson’s highly anticipated return to Lumen Field.
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Broncos vs Seahawks predictions: Wilson to top rushing and throwing totals in win as Metcalf scores TD on Monday
Below are the best Week 1 odds for the Broncos vs. the Seahawks from a variety of top online sportsbooks:
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1st quarter gap: Broncos -1 (-110 or better)
Even a veteran like Wilson is likely to have nerves about stepping onto his old turf for the first time, and into a nationally televised primetime game, no less.
But the combination of the future Hall of Famer’s experience and a talented array of offensive weapons should take effect in relatively short order against a transitioning Seahawks defense.
Interestingly, Denver was the league’s second-worst first-quarter offense on the road a year ago. Yet the equation naturally changes with Wilson at the helm.
Wilson could particularly benefit early from a pair of inexperienced starting corners for Seattle, Mike Jackson and fifth-round rookie pick Tariq Woolen.
Meanwhile, a running game that should feature a versatile threat like Javonte Williams more often this season will help unbalance the Seahawks defense from the jump.
Same-Game Parlay: Broncos ML and Russell Wilson on 251.5 passing yards (+171 or better)
Denver is a huge favorite to win. Wilson will have a big advantage against inexperienced corners Seattle, even with a pair of excellent safeties in Quandre Diggs and Jamal Adams backing them up.
Passing game weapons, which also include the backfield duo of Javonte Williams and Melvin Gordon, also abound for Wilson. Seattle also gave up an NFC-record 277.3 passing yards per game at home a season ago, bolstering the case for this prop.
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Russell Wilson on 10.5 rushing yards (-135 or better)
Wilson’s mobility is out of the question, even after a 2021 season where he rushed for a career-low 183 yards.
This still averaged 13.1 rushing yards per contest and could probably be considered an outlier; he had been 342 yards rushing or more in all but one previous campaign.
The Seahawks allowed 13.6 rushing yards per game at quarterbacks a season ago, and Wilson eclipsed 10.5 rushing yards in seven of 14 games.
With the adrenaline flowing in this homecoming, Russ could well leap over this prop with just one run in a match in which he should have plenty of possessions to work with.
Javonte Williams on 15.5 receiving yards (-115 or better)
Williams posted a 43-316-3 line through the air on 53 targets while being charged with just five drops in his 17-game rookie sample.
That averaged 18.6 receiving yards per game, and Williams should be even more proficient this season while likely taking on a true point guard role alongside the aging Gordon.
The Seahawks also make excellent targets. The 127 receptions and 1,106 receiving yards they allowed running backs a year ago were both NFL high numbers by a wide margin.
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DK Metcalf anytime TD scorer (+200 or better)
Even with a significant loss to the Seahawks, Metcalf certainly has a chance to finally step into the end zone. He did so 12 times last season and registered 20 red zone touches in total.
There was also a significant disparity between the percentage of red-zone TDs the Broncos allowed on the road (63.2%) versus home (39.1%). It should be noted that three of the four TD passes Smith threw during his three-week starting stint a year ago went to Metcalf.
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