NFC Championship Betting: Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks

NFC Championship Betting: Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks

NFC Championship Betting- Green Bay Packers at Seattle Seahawks

Site: CenturyLink Field

Date/Time: Sunday, January 18 – 3:05 PM ET

TV Coverage: Fox Network

NFL Betting Odds at BetAnySports USA Online Sportsbook

NFC Championship Betting Pointspread: Seattle -8.5

Total: 45 points

The Green Bay Packers are looking for some better fortune after their subpar performance in the season opener against Seattle, when Aaron Rodgers was held to just 189 yards passing, and the Packers were able to gain only 4.5 yards per play against the tough Seattle defense, which is arguably playing as well right now as it has all year.

BetAnySports customers have seen the Seahawks give up just 56 points in the last seven games, and they have covered all seven against the NFL betting odds. One of the things Green Bay will absolutely be looking for, especially with Rodgers’ calf injury hanging over their heads, is for Eddie Lacy to provide a consistent running game, but Seattle gives up only 3.4 yards per carry, so they could wind up forcing the Packers into some unfavorable down-and-distance situations. Davante Adams has turned out to be a nice complement to Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb at the wide receiver spot. He caught seven passes for 117 yards last week against Dallas. And he was not a factor when these teams previously met.

One thing that must be noticed is the fact that Green Bay improved itself a great deal on defense over the second half of the season, and this coincided with moving outside linebacker Clay Matthews to the inside. They are now much tougher against the run, although admittedly they must do better than they did last week against DeMarco Murray, who ran for 125 yards. Let’s not forget that the Seahawks have the top-rated rushing game in the NFL, and a big part of that is quarterback Russell Wilson, who had 849 yards from scrimmage. Wilson, by the way, has a point spread record of 20-6-1 at home since he became Seattle’s starting quarterback, and that is something that must resonate with BetAnySports patrons.

If you look at the way Green Bay has performed on the road, it does not really resemble what they do at Lambeau Field. Let’s start with Rogers, whose quarterback rating as the visitor is 40 points below that which he has compiled at home. And he has 13 touchdowns with five interceptions on the road, which is good but nothing spectacular. That Seattle secondary is very fierce, and if they can handle the Packers receivers, it’s going to put a lot of pressure on the Green Bay offensive line, which is given up only 10 sacks in the last nine games, but hasn’t really had to deal with a defense like this one since the opener.

Who will commit the costly turnover? Well, it’s altogether possible that no big turnovers will be committed, since these teams are so outstanding at taking care of the football. Between Wilson and Rodgers, they have thrown only 12 interceptions all year long. Seattle appears to be a team very adept at making adjustments at halftime, since they have allowed only 20 points in the second half over the last seven games. Remember that Rodgers, after settling down, had 226 second-half yards against Dallas last week, but he was not facing a team capable of putting the kind of pressure on him that the Seahawks undoubtedly will.

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CHARLES JAY grew up around the gaming business, was raised in the boxing business, and along the way has developed a colorful background through a wide range of experiences. Jay was a veteran of almost two decades actively in the boxing industry, as a writer, publicist, matchmaker, booking agent, manager, and promoter. He was engaged as editorial consultant for USA Network's "Tuesday Night Fights" for seven years, and also did some on-air work for USA. He also served as color commentator for, among others, Sunshine Network and Prime Network, and has called more than a dozen world championship fights for national and/or international television. He has been the host of numerous radio programs, including "Sportswatch with Charles Jay" on KDWN in Las Vegas, "Total Action" on WAXY 790 in Miami, and "Charles Jay's Winning Edge", syndicated into 55 markets by the American Radio Networks. For the past 20 years, he has been a professional sports handicapper, and as a consultant to the casino industry from 1993-95, helped to launch Casino Magic in Mississippi as a major venue for sports promotions. Also, he's been a casino/sports gaming columnist for a number of leading publications, including Sports Form, Casino Player, Card Player, and The Gambler. In the 2000's, he became widely known as one of the world's leading proponents and experts on the subject of boxing reform, having been asked to appear on numerous panels and speak at officials' seminars. He was the author of "Operation Cleanup" and "Operation Cleanup 2: Unfinished Business" - two critically-acclaimed e-books that represent arguably the most comprehensive and in-depth examination of boxing reform issues ever put into publication. In 2004 he published a third electronic book - "Body Shots: Outside the Ring and Inside the Game of Pro Boxing". In 2003 he was the recipient of the "Dignity" Award, in the category of "Best Sports Writer," as bestowed by the Retired Boxers Foundation.

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