Seahawks vs. 49ers Betting Predictions

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Seattle vs. San Francisco, NFL Betting Predictions, January 3

The Seattle Seahawks can be seeded anywhere from first to third depending upon how the games play out Sunday. They draw a difficult task as well against the San Francisco 49ers, who are plucky enough given all the injuries and misfortunes to be a dangerous team. Seattle will be in for a battle, but it should be able to pull out a win then await their fate.

Seahawks vs. 49ers Betting Odds

Seattle has won five of its last six games to surge clearly past the rest of the pack to win the NFC West, but the Seahawks don’t elicit much confidence in everyone else. In the first half of the season, the thought was Seattle could outscore everyone to win games, but that just hasn’t been the case over the last month and a half or so. The Seahawks have been held to less than 350 yards of total offense six times in the last seven games – thanks Jets – and have broken 24 points just twice during that span. Last week was the first time all December that Russell Wilson didn’t throw an interception in a game, and he has thrown for 225 yards or less four times in that stretch, and hasn’t thrown for more than 263 yards either. The running game is solid enough, but it isn’t very productive in terms of explosion plays or scoring. The defense, which was a question mark, is playing much better, but the Seahawks’ last five games have come against teams in the bottom half of the league in scoring offense.

San Francisco has been the most difficult team to predict on a week-to-week basis because the injuries seems to have a different effect on the team every week. When you write off the 49ers, they come back with performances like they had against Arizona last week when they shut down a very talented Cardinals offense. When you think they might be building something, they give up 41 points to Dallas because of four turnovers giving the Cowboys short fields. The biggest difference between the three straight losses San Francisco had before last week’s win and that victory over the Cardinals is the turnovers. When the 49ers protect the ball and don’t put their defense in bad positions, that unit can hold its own for the most part. The issue is whether the offense can do enough to score and win the game. I don’t know if C.J. Beathard is the answer, but he did throw three touchdowns last week against Arizona, and San Francisco continues to make the most out of their depleted roster. What that means for Week 17 is anyone’s guess, especially with Brandon Aiyuk, their leading receiver, out for the game.

The NFL betting sites in New Jersey were spot on with the over/under for these two teams at 46.5 points. The Seahawks offense has plummeted with just one game in the last five with more than 23 points, and that was against the Jets. However, the defense has held the last five opponents to less than 20 points, but those were against some poor offenses. The good news for Seattle is San Francisco’s offense isn’t going to challenge the Seahawks too much. In the five weeks since the 49ers’ off week, they have only scored more than 24 points once, though it has reached 20 points in four of those five games. The defense has been a mixed bag as well with three strong performances and the duds against Buffalo and Dallas. If the good 49ers defense shows up, it can really force this into a low-scoring game. However, I think we’ll inch over the total in this one, so I’ll bet over 48.5 points at +130 odds instead.

Seattle to win

This is such a tough game to figure out and the New Jersey online sports betting sites did me no favors by making Seattle a 5.5-point favorite. The Seahawks are a good team, but they are far less explosive than they were earlier in the season and the defense still has some question marks. It is clear things have turned around on that side of the ball for Seattle, but is it a result of the defense becoming healthy or the weak offenses it has played recently. Meanwhile, San Francisco’s defense is still a threat becuase Robert Saleh has done a remarkable job meshing this unit together through all of the injuries and other setbacks. The offense is a slog, still, with no real quarterback and no receiving threats. Some of that has to do with key injuries, but I still can’t see many points between these two teams. As a result, this game will likely be very tight and Seattle will win, but I doubt the Seahawks are able to cover the spread. I’ll take San Francisco plus the 5.5 points at -104 odds.

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Josh Walfish is an award-winning journalist who has been covering college and professional sports in the United States. He holds a journalism degree from Northwestern University and his work has appeared in the Miami Herald, Chicago Sun-Times and Providence Journal. He most recently chronicled the UMass hockey teams rise to prominence over the last two years for the local newspaper

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