Friday September 19th, 2014

Two of the NFL’s best teams will meet again on Sunday afternoon when the defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks host the team they beat to win their first Super Bowl in February -- the Denver Broncos. The Seahawks were small underdogs in Super Bowl XLVIII but routed the reigning AFC champion Broncos 43-8, and they are consensus 5-point favorites to win the rematch at CenturyLink Field.

Both teams have byes the following week, which adds even more importance to the rematch as each will want to carry momentum into the break. The Seahawks are 10-1 straight up in their last 11 home games heading into a bye week, covering four of their last five under that scenario. The Broncos have also thrived in their past six road games going into a bye, with a 5-1 mark both straight up and against the spread.

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Seattle is coming off of a 30-21 road loss to the San Diego Chargers as a 4.5-point favorite, and the team has won 18 of its last 19 home games including the playoffs, going 14-5 against the spread since the start of the 2012 season according to the OddsShark NFL Database. Denver failed to cover the spread last week as a 13-point favorite, but held on for a 24-17 home victory against the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Broncos are one of seven 2-0 teams in action on Sunday, with six of them playing in the afternoon. The Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Texans, Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles are the other five teams looking to improve to 3-0 during the day, with the Carolina Panthers scheduled for Sunday Night Football.

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Of that undefeated group, the Cardinals are the only team not favored to win, as they are 3-point home underdogs against the San Francisco 49ers according to sportsbooks monitored by Arizona quarterback Drew Stanton is expected to start for the second straight week in place of Carson Palmer, who missed last week’s 25-14 road victory against the New York Giants with a shoulder injury.

Week 3 NFL odds for the other games featuring unbeaten teams include the Bills (-2.5 vs. the San Diego Chargers), Bengals (-7 vs. the Tennessee Titans), and Eagles (-6.5 vs. the Washington Redskins) all playing at home while the Texans (-2.5 vs. the Giants) are the lone 2-0 team other than Denver playing on the road. 

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