The final game of the NFL’s lengthy regular season will feature a crucial NFC West clash between the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers. While both squads are headed to the playoffs feeling good about their games, there’s still a divisional title and potential homefield advantage in the post-season on the line. With the Niners entering at 12-3, and Seattle at 11-4, these are two elite groups potentially giving us a preview of the NFC Championship.
When these two teams faced off earlier this season, it was Seattle who prevailed on the shoulders of a stellar outing from Seahawks QB Russell Wilson. The MVP candidate has performed well in 2019, and despite the Niners’ stout defense, Wilson’s speed and elusive ability can give any stop unit problems.
Seattle is coming off of a brutal loss last week though at the hands of the lowly Arizona Cardinals. Though they endured their fair share of injuries, it still showed some of the weaknesses Pete Carroll’s squad possesses. It’s also believed former running back Marshawn Lynch will re-enter the Seattle lineup, being poached out of retirement. That’s certainly a storyline worth monitoring.
Though both rosters are worn down and could likely use the rest, there’s sixty minutes left with the division on the line. This NFC West showdown should produce some fireworks, so keep reading on below the odds for a detailed match report, betting analysis, and wagering prediction in the NFL’s regular season finale here in Week 17.
Seahawks vs. 49ers Betting Odds:
San Francisco -3.5 (+100)
@ Seattle +3.5 (-120)
Over 45.5 (-110)
Under 45.5 (-110)
Seahawks vs. 49ers Pick:
Though the Seahawks are admittedly quite banged up and relying on players coming out of retirement (Lynch, Marshawn) – they’ve still got a ton of hope entering this crucial contest.
That said, this spread as it stands current is quite the overreaction to what the Seahawks endured last week against the Cardinals. It was undoubtedly an off-day for Pete Carroll’s squad, but there’s no way they should be full 3.5-point underdogs at home to anybody, let alone the 49ers.
Seattle simply wasn’t focused last week, quite likely looking forward to this crucial showdown. Russell Wilson has definitely had the better of the Niners over their past few meetings, while he’s always bounced back well following losses his entire career. Though the Niners do have the personnel to bring heavy pressure, having the safety net and familiarity of Lynch could and should help Seattle.
On the defensive side of things, look for the Seahawks to be able to apply heavy pressure to Jimmy Garoppolo. Last week we witnessed the lowly Rams somehow muster sack after sack against the Niners, and Seattle can bring even more of a pass rush. He struggled making reads and deciding what to do with the ball, often holding onto it for just too long. It’s also worth noting that Seattle should be getting Jadeveon Clowney back this week, a player who should be able to have his way with the Niners’ offensive line and get in the face of the San Francisco quarterback.
Garoppolo has been serviceable this season, but like we saw last week – San Francisco is good enough to often win in spite of his miscues. Where Wilson propels his team forward, Jimmy G can be a liability against these aggressive pass rushes, and that will play into the hands of the Seahawks on Sunday night.
Everyone in the world seems to be on San Francisco entering the weekend, and that’s quite likely due to what we saw last week out of Seattle. In addition to that loss, their injury concerns are worth monitoring, but not debilitating. Everyone has already counted out the Seahawks for some reason, but they still possess a solid passing attack, along with a defense that will trouble the Niners. Getting a full three points, plus the hook – given the magnitude of this situation just seems to be a real value play, and that’s how we will end our regular season, backing the Seahawks in this big game.