Monday October 6th, 2014

The defending Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks will play their first primetime game since routing the Green Bay Packers 36-16 in the NFL season opener when they visit Washington on Monday Night Football. Washington is also no stranger to playing on national TV, as it last played at home on Thursday Night Football and will try to bounce back from a brutal 45-14 loss to the New York Giants as 3-point favorites.

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Seattle is a consensus 8-point favorite according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. The Seahawks are coming off a bye following a 26-20 overtime win at home over the Denver Broncos in their Super Bowl rematch two weeks ago. The NFL odds had the Seahawks as 4-point favorites against the Broncos, and they improved to 10-3 against the spread (ATS) in the past 13 games dating back to last season.

Washington has been on the opposite end of the spectrum since hosting Seattle in the playoffs nearly two years ago. Washington dropped that game to the Seahawks 24-14 and also lost its starting quarterback, Robert Griffin III, to a torn ACL. They have dropped 11 of their last 12 games overall with a 4-8 mark ATS during that stretch.

Griffin is out again with an ankle injury, so backup Kirk Cousins has gotten the call and looked good and bad. Cousins threw for a career-high 427 yards with three touchdowns and one interception in a 37-34 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 3 that covered the 4-point spread. He followed that with 257 yards and four picks against the Giants in Week 4.

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Some key betting trends involving the total in this Seattle vs. Washington matchup back both the OVER and the UNDER. The UNDER is 5-2 in the past seven games for Washington as home underdogs and 3-1 in the previous four games for the Seahawks as road favorites. But the OVER is 8-1 in Seattle’s last nine road games after a bye week and 4-1 in the past five meetings at Washington.

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