Undoubtedly the game of the week for Week 10 in the NFL has to be the Monday night showdown between two big divisional rivals of the NFC West – the 49ers and the Seahawks.
Perhaps more surprising is that both of their seasons have really come out of nowhere. Nobody expected either squad to be this good, and as indicated by Seattle’s stellar 7-2 record and the 49ers’ undefeated 8-0 mark, both squads are firmly vying for the divisional crown, and likely the top spot in the entire conference. Yes folks, there is a lot on the line tonight from Northern California.
The 49ers have firmly passed every test to date, and have done so with flying colours. They possess very few holes and have obliterated opposing teams with their ferocious defense and improving offense. Since bringing in Emmanuel Sanders at the wide receiver position, it has diversified their attack and added in yet another aerial threat. It’s been a while since San Francisco fans have seen their team emerge as a legitimate Super Bowl contender, but that’s exactly what Kyle Shanahan’s side is.
The Seahawks haven’t been nearly as dominant, but they too just keep winning. While they have evident holes, they also boast the likely winner of the league’s MVP in quarterback Russell Wilson. He’s in the midst of yet another career season, getting it done in all areas. He willed his lackluster team to victory once again last week against Tampa Bay, though will surely face his stiffest test to date against the Niners in San Francisco on Monday night. It’s a test worth watching and a game football fans can’t afford to miss. To get you fully covered, check out the tactical preview and betting suggestion below, as we look to close out a successful week of football action with another victory.
Seahawks vs. 49ers Betting Odds:
Seattle Seahawks +6 (-110)
@ San Francisco 49ers -6 (-110)
Over 47.5 (-110)
Under 47.5 (-110)
Seahawks vs. 49ers Pick:
While Wilson enters Week 10 as the prohibitive favourite to win the NFL’s MVP award at the end of the year, he might not leave San Francisco with that distinction. This Niners’ defense is no joke and enters in fine form at the moment. Featuring the likes of Nick Bosa, Dee Ford, and DeForest Buckner – the Niners have an elite pass rush that will dominate the Seahawks’ offensive line and put pressure on Wilson for all four quarters. Seattle is really going to struggle to move the chains given the current state of their offensive line. They’ll of course try to rely on Chris Carson at the running back position, but the Niners’ are as stingy as it gets. Space will be limited for the Seahawks.
On the other side of the ball, the Niners’ offense has been steady all season long, limiting mistakes and doing enough to keep stringing together wins. Though they have been without a couple of their starting tackles along the offensive line over the past few weeks, the Niners have stayed afloat and done a great job of keeping Jimmy Garoppolo upright. From what it sounds like this week, they’ll be getting both Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey back and that should make this team even more stellar.
As a result, expect Garoppolo to have plenty of time and space to operate from the pocket. Seattle has had a porous secondary all season long, and without any consistent pass rush – the Niners should be able to move the chains. Expect big offensive outings for the newly acquired Emmanuel Sanders, and one of the best tight ends in the game – George Kittle.
Seattle is quite the public underdog, with everyone seemingly giddy to back the Seahawks against the unbeaten 49ers. While many perceive the Niners’ record to be a bit of a mirage, Seattle’s record is even more misleading. They should be much worse, and given their lack of options to move the ball or keep the Niners from scoring – this is a bad matchup for Seattle. Expect the 49ers to make yet another statement in a primetime spot under the Monday night lights against their divisional rivals.