There might not be a better rivalry in football right now than that of the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers. These two teams will meet in NFL betting action on Sunday Night Football this week, and the winner will take the edge in the NFC West standings early on in the campaign.
Seattle, boasting the longest home winning streak in the game at eight, is favored by the value of home field advantage (-3). The ‘total’ kicks off this week at 44.5.
SF 49ERS – SEAHAWKS SNF BETTING LINE:
OPEN: SEAHAWKS -3 | CURRENT: SEAHAWKS -2.5 | O/U: 45
1. Why the 49ERS will cover the spread: The 49ers will cover the spread if QB Colin Kaepernick can throw the ball anywhere near as well as he did last week against the Green Bay Packers. He threw for 412 yards and three TDs on that day, marking the first time that he had thrown for even 300 yards, let alone 400 in a game. The Niners have to win the battle in the trenches and keep RB Marshawn Lynch from running wild. If “Beast Mode” is contained, San Francisco is probably going to win this game.
2. Why the SEAHAWKS will cover the spread: The Seahawks will cover the spread if they can get a little bit more going offensively. They were lackluster last week at best against the Carolina Panthers, and they were held to a total of just 70 yards. That’s obviously not going to cut it for a team that really relies upon running for 150 yards on a regular basis to win. Remember that QB Russell Wilson probably isn’t going to throw for more than 300 yards with regularity like he did last week against Carolina, and if he has to do that, the Seahawks are in a heck of a lot of trouble.
3. Total Talk: The ‘under’ has cashed in seven straight Seattle games played in the month of September. The ‘over’ though, is all the rage for the 49ers. They are 6-0 for ‘over’ bettors in their last six following an SU win, and their last five games against NFC teams have all gone beyond the number. ‘Over’ bettors are 11-1 in San Francisco’s last 12 games.
4. Betting Trends for the game: The 49ers are going to be up against it in this one on the road. The Seahawks went 7-1 ATS last season to go with their 8-0 SU mark here at CenturyLink Field, and they are 41-20-2 ATS in their last 63 home games. Seattle is 10-1 ATS in its last 11 against teams with a winning record, and it is 23-9-1 ATS in its last 33 games overall, the best mark in the league in that stretch. San Fran is 5-2 ATS in its last seven against teams with winning records, and it is 26-12-1 ATS in its last 39 games overall, but in the end, it has also failed to cover four straight games against NFC West foes.
Seattle 23 – San Francisco 17