Week 18 Free Betting Pick: Seattle Seahawks vs. Dallas Cowboys

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The Seattle Seahawks are underdogs as they prepare to take on the Dallas Cowboys in the Wild Card Round of the NFL Playoffs. The showdown is scheduled to be nationally-televised on FOX and the opening kickoff is slated for 8:15 p.m. ET.

Seattle Seahawks at Dallas Cowboys Betting Preview

In this Saturday NFC game, Dallas is tabbed as the favorite and is currently giving up 3 points. The Seahawks are also receiving +120 moneyline odds while the Cowboys are -140. Oddsmakers have determined the over/under (O/U) to be 43.5 points. If Dallas falls behind early, it’ll probably create a nice live betting opportunity.

The game’s total has swung up after originally being set at 41.5. The opening spread has yet to change.

Both of these teams have been profitable this season as the Seahawks have recorded 3.8 units and the Cowboys are ahead 7.8 units.

The Seahawks have gone 10-6 straight up (SU) in 2018 while the Cowboys are also 10-6 SU.

These two teams met last year with the final outcome being a 21-12 win for Seattle.

Both teams enter this matchup on two-game winning streaks. The Seahawks just got a 27-24 victory over Arizona in Week 17. Russell Wilson completed 12-of-21 passes for only 152 yards, along with one TD and an interception. Chris Carson (122 rushing yards on 19 attempts, one TD) led the ground attack while Tyler Lockett (two receptions, 66 yards, one TD) and Doug Baldwin (two catches, 27 yards) shared the receiving duties in the win.

Dallas just picked up a 36-35 win over the Giants in Week 17. Dak Prescott completed 27-of-44 passes for 387 yards and four touchdowns. Rod Smith (35 yards on 12 rush attempts, one TD) mounted the running game while Blake Jarwin (seven receptions, 119 yards, three TDs) and Cole Beasley (six catches, 94 yards, one TD) led the pass-catching attack in the win.

Seattle’s run the ball on 55.6 percent of its offensive possessions this year while Dallas has a rush percentage of 45.4 percent. The Seahawks have produced 160 rush yards per game and have 15 touchdowns on the ground this year. The Cowboys are totaling 123 rushing yards per game and have 13 total rush TDs.

The Seahawks offense has logged 216 yards/game in the air overall and has 35 passing TDs so far. The Cowboys have produced 243 pass yards per outing and have 22 total pass scores.

Seattle has allowed opponents to run for an average of 113 yards and pass for 256 yards per game. The Dallas D has allowed 249.0 yards per game to opposing passers and 94.6 yards per game to opposing runners. Both teams allow similar adjusted net yards per pass attempt (ANY/A) to the opposition, as the Seahawks have given up an ANY/A of 6.49 to opposing QBs, while the Cowboys are allowing an ANY/A of 6.52.

Offensively, Wilson has put up 3,177 passing yards this season, and has completed 66 percent of his 398 attempts with 32 scores through the air and only seven interceptions. Wilson has a 7.09 adjusted net yards per pass attempt, including 6.75 over the last two outings.

In the home locker room, Dak Prescott has completed 336-of-501 passes for 3,724 yards, 21 TDs and eight INTs. Prescott’s ANY/A stands at 6.20 for the season and 8.38 across his last two outings.

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The Seahawks offense has tallied 13 pass plays of 40 or more yards, while the Cowboys have accounted for nine such plays.

The Seattle defense has allowed eight pass plays of 40+ yards, while Dallas has given up seven such plays.

The Seattle offense has created 16 rushing plays of 20+ yards, while Dallas has created 10 such runs.

The Seahawks defense has allowed 13 rushing plays of 20 or more yards, while the Cowboys have given up nine such runs.

The Seattle defensive unit has 43 sacks on the year while Dallas has 39.

Seattle has averaged 5.0 yards per carry across its last three contests and 5.1 over its last two.

Dallas has averaged 3.6 yards per carry over its last three matchups and 2.8 over its past two.

In its last three contests, Dallas is 1-1-1 ATS and the under cashed in two of those three.

The O/U for Seattle’s last game was set at 39.5. The over cashed in the team’s 27-24 triumph over Arizona.

In its last three matches, Seattle is 1-2 ATS and the over cashed in each of those three.

The Over/Under for Dallas’ last outing was set at 38. The over cashed in the team’s 36-35 triumph over the Giants.

Seattle has won seven of its last eight games SU, with a December 16th defeat to San Francisco accounting for the only loss over that span.

Dallas has won eight of its last nine games SU, with a -23-point defeat to Indianapolis on December 16th representing the lone loss over that stretch.


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