JLuppy’s Crystal Ball: Odds/predictions for Seahawks & NFC West Week 3
By Jake Luppino
Week 2 didn’t exactly pan out for our beloved Seattle Seahawks or my predictions. Ironically, Week 2 was the complete opposite of Week 1. In Week 1, the Seahawks were the only NFC West team to win. In Week 2, everyone but the Seahawks won their matchup.
Entering Week 3 at 1-1 shouldn’t be a surprise for 12s. The fashion in which they received their first loss is what caught many off guard in a blowout loss to the 49ers. Seattle will now return home to take on a winless Atlanta team who could easily be 2-0.
As for the rest of the West, hope is back on the horizon. Obviously, the 49ers beat the Seahawks. Arizona was one of the many teams to complete a big second half comeback against the Raiders. Kyler Murray put on a show to bring his team their first win of the season. The Los Angeles Rams almost fell victim to blowing a large lead if it wasn’t for the game-winning interception by Jalen Ramsey.
Seahawks and the NFC West: Odds and predictions for Week 3
Just like the Seahawks this upcoming Sunday, I’m looking to bounce back on my game picks.
JLuppy’s Week 2 Record: 0-3
With every team at 1-1 in the NFC West, Week 3 presents an early opportunity for one of these teams to jump out to first place.
Some huge matchups coming this Sunday with each of these divisional teams being tested yet again. Here are the odds and predictions for the NFC West in Week 3.
Atlanta Falcons @ Seattle Seahawks (-1.0)
Despite the winless record, the Atlanta Falcons cannot be overlooked. However, Atlanta is allowing over 100 yards per game on the ground to opposing teams. In a close game between two evenly matched squads, I expect the Seattle Seahawks run game to be the difference in this game. Expect Kenneth Walker III to be heavily involved after a disappointing debut. The run game will eventually open up the deep shots down the field to D.K. Metcalf, which Seahawks fans have desperately been craving.
Los Angeles Rams (-3.5) @ Arizona Cardinals
Last year, the Rams ended the Cardinals season in the Wild Card round in dominant fashion. A good reflection of Sean McVay’s 6-1 winning record over Kliff Kingsbury. Just like last weekend, I expect this Sunday to turn out as another “get right” game for Los Angeles. The weakness for Arizona comes on the defensive side. I don’t see them having an answer for Cooper Kupp and more importantly, Cam Akers looked like his former self last week against the Falcons.
San Francisco 49ers (-1.5) @ Denver Broncos
My only upset pick this week comes from this Sunday Night Football matchup. Not only does Russell Wilson shine brightest on primetime, but he is 16-4 in career games versus San Francisco. Despite the Week 2 victory, Denver has been under heavy scrutiny. On a nationally televised game, I expect to see a sharper, more prepared Denver team. The hype surrounding Jimmy Garoppolo is real now. But, I expect a huge mistake from him in this game to serve as the difference maker.