Monday Night Football Betting Preview: Green Bay Packers vs. Seattle Seahawks

Jeff Grant@@JeffGrantSportsContributor ISeptember 24, 2012

GREEN BAY, WI - SEPTEMBER 09:  Aaron Rodgers #12 of the Green Bay Packers throws a pass during the NFL season opener against the San Francisco 49ers at Lambeau Field on September 9, 2012 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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NFL handicappers will definitely take into account that underdogs have gone 11-4 against the spread this week leading into ESPN's Monday Night Football, which adds some appeal to the Seattle Seahawks in hosting the Green Bay Packers inside CenturyLink Field.

The Seahawks are currently three-point home underdogs in the current pro football odds (courtesy of SBR Forum), while the total has fallen three points from its opening number to settle in at 44.

Green Bay split its two home games against the San Francisco 49ers and Chicago Bears to open the 2012 NFL regular season, as it now prepares to play away from Lambeau Field in four of the next five weeks.  The Packers have won nine of their last 12 prime-time games.

In 15 meetings against Monday night's opponent, the franchise has garnered a 10-5 all-time record, which includes a perfect 2-0 mark in postseason action.  Green Bay has won six of the last seven meetings.

Sports bettors will definitely be interested to know that the Packers have tallied a league-best 8-2 record in September road contests under head coach Mike McCarthy, which fits nicely with their 7-4 against-the-spread (ATS) mark as a road favorite of seven or fewer points the last two-plus seasons.

Seattle is coming off an impressive 27-7 win over the Dallas Cowboys as three-point home underdogs in Week 2, while total bettors will notice that the squad has fallen UNDER the total in its first two games of the year.

The Seahawks rank sixth in the league in pass defense, which is an important stat when going against one of the best signal-callers in the NFL.  Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has thrown for 15 touchdowns and eight interceptions in seven career Monday Night Football starts.

Rookie quarterback Russell Wilson will be making his first prime-time appearance, which may cause Seattle to fall to 9-22-1 ATS following a straight-up win.


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