Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers: Preview and Pick
Week 7 in the NFL kicks off again on Thursday Night Football with an NFC West divisional game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers. The game can be seen on the NFL Network starting at 8:20pm est.
San Francisco is coming off of an embarrassing loss last week at home at the hands of the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants, 26-3. They failed to cover the 6 1/2 points spread, obviously. The Seahawks on the other hand came into their game last week against the New England Patriots as a 3 1/2 point underdog at home, not only did they cover the spread, they won the game outright in dramatic fashion, 24-23.
The line on the game opened up as the 49ers being favored by 7 1/2 points, and it stayed that way up until about a few hours ago when it moved to -9 in favor of the 49ers.
Here is our Thursday Night Football Pick and Preview for Week 7, betting line is courtesy of betus.com/pa, with additional info at bangthebook.com:
Seattle +9 over SAN FRANCISCO
I was pretty skeptical taking the Seahawks when the line was only at 7 1/2, but since it has moves a point and a half, I believed the right side is the Seattle side. Division games are always tightly contested, as each team knows the other teams strengths and weaknesses.
Alex Smith struggled last week against a very good defense, throwing 3 interceptions and never leading his team down into the redzone. By the way Seattle has an elite defense as well.
Russell Wilson along with Marshawn Lynch will be the keys for the Seahawks in this game. In week 16 last season versus the 49ers, Lynch ran for 107 yards and a touchdown. The 49ers defense prides themselves on stopping the run, but in last weeks game they gave up 151 rushing yards to the New York Giants top-2 backs. People doubted head coach Pete Carroll this season when he named Russell Wilson the starting quarterback, but if has paid off, as Wilson has already beaten Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers and Tony Romo, not bad for a rookie.
Last week in the NFL 12 of 14 underdogs covered the spread, that brings the season total to over 60% of games that the underdog has covered. Seattle is 13-2-1 against the spread over their past 16 games as an underdog.
I’ll take the 9 points the Seahawks are getting, but I think the 49ers squeak out the win, 20-17.
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