Russell Wilson returns to Seattle on ‘MNF’ draws major bets, sharp bet

The betting public is all over the Denver Broncos on Russell Wilson’s highly anticipated return to Seattle on “Monday Night Football.”

A BetMGM player made a $221,400 bet to win $82,000 on Denver on the money line (-270) and 90% of the tickets and ATS money is on the Broncos, who are the consensus favorites 6½ points over the Seahawks.

The game takes the form of a showdown between public and professional bettors as the Westgate SuperBook has taken a tight bet on Seattle +7 and Circa Sports is the only book offering Denver -6.

A Caesars Sportsbook bettor in Nevada placed a $110,000 bet to win $275,000 on the Seahawks on the (+250) payline. Also, 13 of the 17 widest bets are on Seattle.

The Broncos opened as 3½-point favorites in May and the number soared to -7 before dropping.

“We saw sharp play on Seattle +7 but it’s very one-sided action on Denver for the most part. No surprises there,” said SuperBook director John Murray. “The day the league released the schedule, we knew we would need the big Seahawks tonight.”

The total is 44 after opening at 41½. The underdogs are 7-7 ATS in Week 1, with four upsets and a tie, and unders are 9-5.

“There’s definitely a weekend carryover,” Red Rock Resort sports betting manager Chuck Esposito said. “We’re Seahawks fans, that’s for sure. There’s pretty good action both ways on the total. The best case scenario is that the Seahawks win.

Geno Smith will start at QB for Seattle after winning the job over former Denver QB Drew Lock, who was part of the trade that sent Wilson to the Broncos.

“The Seattle quarterback situation is a mess. It doesn’t matter if it’s Lock or Smith,” Murray said. “And obviously the audience is going to be all over Russell Wilson in a revenge spot there. It’s a very interesting Monday night game.

The three most bet player props at BetMGM are Javonte Williams for scoring the first TD (+650), Williams for scoring an anytime TD (-110), and Wilson for rushing 12½+ yards (-110).

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