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Seahawks Bills Betting Predictions – Seahawks Seek Important Road Win Against The Bills

Posted by Tony Bryant on 12/12/2012 5:49:35 PM

The Seattle Seahawks are almost at the point where they can count on a playoff spot, but they're not quite there. They need to win their last regular season road game of 2012.

Game Played At The Rogers Centre In Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Seattle Seahawks @ Buffalo Bills – Sunday, December 16 
Betting line: Seattle -5.5

Why Seattle Will Win

The NFL betting calculus in this contest is going to tilt in the Seahawks' direction for a few subtle reasons. First of all, this game is technically a Buffalo home game, but it is essentially a neutral field since this game is being played not in Buffalo, but in Toronto.

There will be more Bills fans than Seahawks fans on hand for this contest, but the crowd will not be a particularly boisterous one, certainly not as loud as it would be if the game were played in Orchard Park, N.Y., the normal home of the Bills. The other thing to realize about the Toronto locale for this contest is that it will make the game an indoor game, since the Rogers Centre (formerly and commonly known as the SkyDome) is a retractable-roof stadium which, in December, will keep the roof on so that Torontonians and other Canadians curious about American-style football will be able to watch the game in climate-controlled comfort.

This event in Canada is an NFL marketing vehicle, so there's no way that the roof will be opened for this contest. In September or very early October, the story might have been different.

Because of the smaller, quieter crowd and the indoor conditions, Seattle should be able to function much more smoothly compared to an outdoor game in Western New York state. Russell Wilson, the terrific rookie quarterback for the Seahawks, should be able to run Seattle's offense without too many problems. It also has to be said that since Seattle made such quick work of the Arizona Cardinals last weekend, every frontline starter should be physically and mentally fresh for this tussle.

Why Buffalo Will Win

When football betting pundits decide to weigh in on this game, they will pick the Bills for the following reasons: First, Seattle has won just two road games this season, one at Carolina and the other at Chicago. Carolina is a sub-.500 team while Chicago has been plummeting in recent weeks. Seattle blew two seven-point leads in the fourth quarter of a game at Miami on Nov. 25. The Seahawks held Miami to seven points through three quarters but then allowed 17 in the fourth. Seattle has still not proven that it can consistently win on the road. Moreover, the Seahawks played poorly against Miami before a sparse crowd in a low-energy environment. The notion that playing in Toronto will help Seattle is a credible claim, but it's hardly an airtight one. Buffalo can certainly add to the Seahawks' road woes here.

Who Will Win

Since Seattle struggles so much on the road, taking Buffalo plus the points is probably the good play with respect to the spread. However, the environmental changes in place for this game will be enough to help the Seahawks get a very crucial win in the standings.

NFL Football Betting Pick: Buffalo


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