As we enter the final few weeks of the NFL regular season, a separation has started to occur between those battling for the playoffs, and those simply trying to wait out their time – and head home after Week 17. Our featured late matchup of the day will see one of each of those teams, in an all-NFC West divisional clash.
The red-hot Seattle Seahawks are back, and they definitely are thinking playoffs. This week, they’ll host the hopeless San Francisco 49ers who enter with a dismal 2-9 record. Finishing the year healthy, and getting a high draft pick are surely the only things on the minds of the Niners’ players right now. Oh, and the Reuben Foster mid-week distraction certainly. San Francisco is in crisis right now, and it remains to be seen how they turn up on Sunday. As always, read on below the odds for a match breakdown and official betting selection to further line your wallets for the holiday season.
49ers vs. Seahawks Betting Odds:
San Francisco 49ers +10 (-120)
@ Seattle Seahawks -10 (+105)
Over 45.5 (-110)
Under 45.5 (-110)
49ers vs. Seahawks Pick:
Expect this game to be a blowout. Right now, there is just too much working against the 49ers. The Foster distraction, combined with some key injuries have derailed what was supposed to be a promising campaign. That hasn’t materialized, and I’d suspect we see a very demotivated Niners’ group despite the divisional rivalry.
San Francisco’s defense was terrible last week without Foster. The Buccaneers dominated all aspects of that game, and made Tampa’s offense look like they were the L.A. Rams. This week, an in-form Seattle attack has to be thrilled to take on this anaemic stop unit. Russell Wilson is back to playing at an elite level, and beyond Richard Sherman, there isn’t anyone within San Francisco’s secondary that can limit the dynamic duo of Doug Baldwin and Tyler Lockett at receiver. The Niners’ only hope is to generate pressure on Wilson, but the Seahawks’ blocking, combined with the fact that San Francisco really has nothing on the edge – should make this a comfortable outing for Seattle’s attack. Look for them to be able to move the chains at will on Sunday.
On the other side of the football, look for the Nick Mullens regression tour to continue into Seattle. It remains an incredibly tough place to play, and the fans will surely be rabid on Sunday. Seattle’s defense isn’t elite, but they do have good enough pieces to really trouble Mullens and limit the San Francisco attack. The biggest concern for Seattle should be negating the middle of the field, and the looks for TE George Kittle. The big tight end has been a revelation this season, but the Seahawks’ have great linebackers that should be able to be physical in a coverage match-up with him. Beyond Kittle, the Niners really run into some trouble. They don’t have any solid downfield options for Mullens to connect with – thus don’t expect San Francisco to be able to exploit Seattle’s secondary concerns.
Matt Breida has also been in line for solid outings, and he could break free occasionally. The Seahawks have struggled at times to limit the run game, but seeing as they won’t likely respect the Niners’ passing attack at all – expect Seattle to load the box to better counteract what Breida offers. The San Fran attack will be stagnant come Sunday.
The spread here indicates this game will be a blowout and I can’t see it playing out any other way. The Niners are lost defensively without Foster, and the distraction his incident has created has ripped through the squad. Seattle will take full advantage of the Niners’ injuries at receiver, and should be able to win this game quite easily – en route to a more likely playoff position. Lay the points with the Seahawks.
PICK = Seattle -10 (+105)