It’s an NFC West showdown in Seattle as the 4-3 San Francisco 49ers are in the Emerald City for a matchup with the 5-1 Seahawks as part of the NFL’s Week 8 slate. This is the first of two meetings between the rivals, with the rematch scheduled for the season finale in Week 17.
The teams have split their season series’ in each of the last two years, with the last sweep coming in 2017 to Seattle’s advantage.
San Francisco 49ers Betting Preview: Injury Bug
The 49ers are fighting to debunk the Super Bowl loser curse, but the injury bug is making it difficult. On defense, they lost Solomon Thomas, Richard Sherman, and Nick Bosa, among others.
They’ve had to start three different running backs and will likely start a fourth on Sunday as Tevin Coleman, Raheem Mostert, and Jeff Wilson have all gone down with an injury.
Even Jimmy Garropolo missed time. Yet here they are in the thick of the NFC West hunt, otherwise known as the best division in football.
Seattle Seahawks Betting Preview: MVP QB
Russell Wilson remains the odds-on favorite to win the MVP in 2020. But, the last time we saw him, he threw a costly interception in Arizona in overtime, ultimately leading to a Cardinals victory, the Seahawks first defeat of the season.
It was the first time you could argue this season that Wilson may have been outdueled, as Kyler Murray kept up and then some. DK Metcalf provided the highlight of the night (maybe of the year) with the chase-down tackle of Budda Baker to prevent a pick-six, and his tag team partner on the outside, Tyler Lockett, put up video game numbers with Metcalf bottled up by Patrick Peterson all night.
49ers vs. Seahawks Betting Odds & Lines
MyBookie has the Seahawks as 3-point favorites in this one, with an over/under of 54, the highest posted total on the weekend card.
Neither meeting reached that number a year ago in two games decided by a combined eight points, one of which ended in overtime. The 49ers enter this matchup 4-3 ATS while Seattle is 4-2 against the number.
Free Betting Pick
San Francisco is 3-0 SU and ATS on the road this season, all east coast games. However, they were against the Jets, Giants, and last week’s poor effort from the Patriots.
SF is also 6-1 in their last seven as a road dog, but that only applied to last week’s game this season. The Seahawks may be without Chris Carson, and backup Carlos Hyde is also banged up, but expect Wilson to come out firing in what could be another NFC West shootout.
Metcalf should be more involved, and while Lockett likely won’t match last week’s output, he’ll get involved as well. The Seahawks are 6-1-1 ATS in their last eight games after allowing more than 30 points the week before.
Spooky Express Free Pick: Seahawks -3