Broncos vs. Seahawks Betting Guide: Will Denver Have More Preseason Success?

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Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Joe Flacco

Denver Broncos at Seattle Seahawks Betting Odds

  • Spread: Broncos -2.5
  • Over/Under: 36
  • Kickoff: 10 p.m. ET

The Seahawks host the Broncos in one of 11 Preseason Week 1 matchups on Thursday night. Let’s take a look at key storylines for both teams, complete with betting and daily fantasy analysis.

Denver Broncos

The Broncos managed to continue the trend of new head coaches experiencing preseason success thanks to their victory over the Falcons in last week’s Hall of Fame Game. The 34 teams to replace head coaches over the past five offseasons have gone a combined 74-63 (54%) straight up and 72-61-4 (53%) against the spread during their ensuing preseasons.

Head coach Vic Fangio has confirmed that Joe Flacco will get some time under center this week. It’s been a long time since he’s resembled anything close to even an average quarterback, as his average of 6.04 adjusted yards per attempt ranks 43rd among 49 signal callers with at least 16 starts since 2013.

Von Miller will also be suiting up. Fangio waited a long time to become head coach, and he’s not about to let kidney stones or “meaningless” preseason games get in the way of his quest to lead his team to victory.

Seattle Seahawks

Russell Wilson certainly benefited from the presence of Marshawn Lynch and the Legion of Boom early in his career, but he’s continued to lead an upper-tier scoring offense even as the franchise’s definitive top dog.

  • 2012: 25.8 points per game (No. 9)
  • 2013: 26.1 (No. 8)
  • 2014: 24.6 (No. 10)
  • 2015: 26.4 (No. 4)
  • 2016: 22.1 (No. 18)
  • 2017: 22.9 (No. 11)
  • 2018: 26.8 (No. 6)

However, the offense changed directions in 2018 and re-embraced a run-first identity with help from new offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer. The result was a league-low 427 pass attempts — the fourth-lowest mark by an offense since 2010.

Ultimately, backing Pete Carroll (23-12-1 ATS, +12.8 units) in August has been good for business over the years.

LEAN: Seahawks +2.5