Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 12/12/12
Seattle vs. Buffalo Betting? Headline: Seahawks Head Out On The Road For Neutral Site Game Against Buffalo The Seattle Seahawks play their last game away from the uber-friendly confines of CenturyLink Field this Sunday when they take on the perennially struggling Buffalo Bills in Toronto Ontario. The Hawks will be looking to build on what was the most impressive win in franchise history and in turn they will be looking to stay in control of a Wild card spot in the NFC. Seattle Seahawks (8-5) vs. Buffalo Bills (5-8) Date/Time: Sunday, December 16, 4:05 PM ET Venue: Rogers Center, Toronto, Ontario Broadcast: FOX Seahawks vs. Bills Betting Lines from bovada Spread: Seahawks -5 1/2 (-110) Moneyline: Seahawks -240: Bills +200 Over/Under: 42 1/2 points Buffalo has been underwhelming yet again this season and will be motivated after letting one slip away last week against a St. Louis Rams team that frankly isn’t very good!. It will be difficult to improve on what the Seahawks did last week against Arizona but the Hawks know that they still have some work to do in order to qualify for the playoffs – I still can’t believe we are talking playoffs after 14 weeks! This week Seattle gets a crack at a team that has been just OK on both sides of the ball and has shown that they are extremely vulnerable even against average teams. Seattle’s offense should be rested – most of the starters played only one half of their blowout win last week. The Hawks enter Week 15 with the steadily improving but still 29th ranked passing game. Russell Wilson has been very good the second half of the season, Sidney Rice has stepped up his game and Golden Tate looks like the perfect big-play compliment for the offense. In this case, the numbers lie – Seattle is a far better passing team than advertised. Seattle has remained true to their offensive roots all season long and why not! Marshawn Lynch and the Seattle running game are 4th in the NFL with an average of 152.31 yards per game. Handicapping & Odds For Seahawks vs. Bills NFL Week 15 With the threat of a passing attack, these numbers could go higher – Mr. Lynch is being afforded more time and space now that there is a passing game to compliment him. Seattle’s defense continues to be one of the best in the land – 2nd in points against allowing 15.54 points per game, 4th against the pass and 10th versus the run. This unit generated eight turnovers last week and continues to play at an extremely high level. The Buffalo Bills have been OK this season. Their 5-8 record is a somewhat accurate reflection of where this team is. Not one aspect on this team stands out – they are decent, not great in almost every aspect of the game. The Bills enter Sunday’s game with the as the league’s 19th ranked scoring team – 22.23 points per game. They are 25th in passing and 6th in rushing with CJ Spiller arguably the biggest threat on this team. Buffalo has had a difficult time against top defenses this year however as demonstrated in Week 14 when the St. Louis Rams largely held them in check. Defensively the Bills have been nothing special – disappointing especially since Mario Williams was brought in to transform the defensive culture on the team. The Bills are 14th against the pass and a miserable 28th versus the run and they allow 27.08 points per game – 27th in the NFL. Dave’s Won’t Cost You Anything Free Betting Prediction: • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Seattle’s last 5 games when playing Buffalo • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Seattle’s last 6 games • Seattle is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games • Seattle is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing Buffalo • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Buffalo’s last 5 games when playing Seattle • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Buffalo’s last 6 games • Buffalo is 6-16 SU in its last 22 games Seattle has the superior defense, the better running back and the hotter quarterback going into this game – not much needs to be said. Marshawn Lynch will have his way with the league’s 28th ranked run defense and Russell Wilson should have some fun against a team that just can’t generate any pressure from the defensive line. Seattle can smell a playoff spot and should prove their worth in this “road game”. Pick: Seattle Seahawks -3 CHECK OUT THE SEAHAWKS CLUBHOUSE AT THE NORTHWEST SPORTS BEAT!
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