Local and national media make their picks for Sunday's 2019 regular-season opener between the Seattle Seahawks and Cincinnati Bengals at CenturyLink Field:
Brady Henderson, ESPN.com: Seahawks 27, Bengals 17
Henderson: "The debuts of Jadeveon Clowney, Ezekiel Ansah and Zac Taylor are the headlines for this one. Seattle will want to ease Clowney (holdout) and Ansah (shoulder) in given that both are coming off extended absences, so don't expect a full workload from either. And Taylor will have his hands full in his debut as Cincinnati's new head coach."
Ben Baby, ESPN.com: Seahawks 31, Bengals 14
Baby: "Clowney will have two sacks in his Seattle debut. He probably will be lined up against backup left tackle Andre Smith, the veteran who was signed two days before training camp."
Gregg Rosenthal, NFL.com: Seahawks 23, Bengals 22
Rosenthal: "(Bengals head coach Zac) Taylor wants to construct long drives based on short Andy Dalton throws, while the Seahawks' defense is willing to give up yardage in an effort to prevent big plays and look for turnovers. Combine that with Seahawks offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer's new-wave run-run-pass offense, and you have a recipe for a close game filled with long field goal drives and late Russell Wilson heroics. Same as it ever was!"
Pete Prisco, CBSSports.com: Seahawks 21, Bengals 14
Prisco: The Bengals have a first-year coach in Zac Taylor and a new-look offense. But their season will be decided by the defensive improvement. That unit was terrible last season. Russell Wilson should have success here, but I think the Bengals hang around."
Michael David-Smith, ProFootballTalk.com: Seahawks 31, Bengals 14
MDS: "The Seahawks showed by trading for Jadeveon Clowney that they're serious about winning this year. They should get the season off to a big start, at home against a bad Bengals team."
Mike Florio, ProFootballTalk.com: Seahawks 27, Bengals 6
Florio: "Look away while you still can."
Todd Haislop, Sporting News: Seahawks 31, Bengals 14
Haislop: "Unless first-year Bengals coach Zac Taylor has some early-career tricks up his sleeve, it's hard to imagine Cincinnati getting the best of Pete Carroll's team in Seattle. Personnel-wise, the talent gap between these two teams is not large, so the Bengals could leverage a couple timely turnovers and walk out of CenturyLink Field with an upset victory. That is, of course, only if Russell Wilson turns the ball over a couple times. Don't count on it."
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