Is it too early to start putting money down on next season’s games? I’m not sure the answer to that question, but I’ve always heard that the smart gambler gets their bets in early before the line moves. Why give up 6 points later when you only have to give up 4 now, right?
As of right now, the Seahawks open as a 3.5 point favorite for week 1′s game against Carolina. All of this is according to Odds Shark.
I find that line to be rather interesting in a number of ways. The game is in Carolina with a 10:am start time, and we all know how well the Seahawks play in that time slot. The Seahawks are also only 1-2 under Pete Carroll in week 1 games. All of that would suggest perhaps that a closer line might be more appropriate.
On the other hand, the Seahawks played in Carolina a year ago, and came away with a 4 point win. That early October victory was before Russell Wilson emerged as a franchise QB, and before the acquisition of Percy Harvin to help the offense. The Seahawks have clearly gotten better since that previous game, and it’s unclear if the Panthers can say the same.
I should add that I don’t bet money games. It’s just not my thing. If it was, I’d probably give the points and take the Seahawks in this one.