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Seahawks in best form of leading pack ahead of opening weekend

| 01.09.2017

With the pre-season programme completed in the NFL, there have been some fascinating pointers ahead of the regular season, which kicks off on Friday 8 September.

So, which sides are heading into the opening weekend in strong form, and who’s struggling to find their footing?

Seattle Seahawks have looked very convincing so far, winning all four of their pre-season outings. They blew away the Los Angeles Rams in a 48-17 win in L.A, as well as producing a convincing 26-13 defeat of 2016 AFC West champions Kansas City Chiefs.

Pete Carroll’s men travel to face Green Bay Packers in a cracking opener. Cheesheads have also had plenty to cheer in pre-season, winning three from four. However, Coral News like the 7/5 for Seattle to secure a fourth win in six meetings with the Pack.

Another side who’ve been strong in the pre-season – to the surprise of many – are Cleveland Browns.

Head coach Hue Jackson has recruited well in the off-season, and been rewarded by a quartet of impressive pre-season victories, including a 25-0 shutout of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field last time out.

They face a tough test on opening day with the visit of Pittsburgh Steelers, whose rookie Quarterback Joshua Dobbs has looked very strong so far.

However, the Cleveland +8.0 handicap at 10/11 looks a savvy bet based on their recent displays.

As for current holders and Super Bowl favourites New England Patriots, they’re 1/4 with Coral to win their opener against the Chiefs. Having won 14 of their last 16 games at Gillette Stadium, it’s hard to look past the Pats to open with a win.

One side you should be betting against on opening day are Oakland Raiders.

With Derek Carr looking shaky after his return from injury and the Raiders’ defence totally out of sorts, they’ve lost four pre-season games on the bounce. We fancy Tennessee Titans to take advantage, with 4/1 on offer for the hosts to win by 7-12 points in Nashville.

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Dave Burin