The Thursday night primetime game of the NFL week features two NFC West teams, a surprisingly hot division this season so far, coming off an unexpected performance the previous weekend. For the Seattle Seahawks, they outlasted the New England Patriots to score a great win for themselves. For the San Francisco 49ers, they stunk out the joint at home against the New York Giants, losing in a true blowout of a game. Here’s a quick look at what to expect in the Seattle vs. San Francisco game here in week 7.
All of the news about the 49ers-Giants game last weekend was about how San Francisco was fired up to get their revenge from the conference championship game last season. Meanwhile, the Giants were banged up, and the 49ers had been steamrolling their opponents so far on the season. Playing at home, it looked like a lock for San Francisco to pick up the victory. Well, nobody told the Giants that, and they came out and routed the 49ers after a slow start where San Francisco missed some opportunities to put points up on the board.
All of the fatal flaws that the 49ers have been avoiding, especially turnovers, came out in that game. Alex Smith had three costly interceptions, the team missed a few field goal attempts, and the defense couldn’t clamp down and keep the other offense out of the endzone. All of that added up to a bad loss. So, the question here is if San Francisco will immediately bounce back into form, or if this is a sign of a much larger problem.
Seattle meanwhile improved to a very surprising 4-2 on the season after outlasting the Patriots to snag a 1 point victory at home. Rookie Russell Wilson continued to play beyond his years, leading his team to victory against Tom Brady and company. Sure, the win over Green Bay earlier in the year will always have an asterisk next to it, but nonetheless, the record is officially four wins and two losses. The two squads are tied atop the standings in the division, and a divisional game like this will give a huge edge to the winner.
Moving ahead to the official numbers for the game, and despite both team’s outings last weekend, the 49ers are favored by 7 points. You can take San Francisco straight up at -340, while Seattle is currently going off at +280. The combined over/under line for the game has been set at 37.5, which is by far the lowest total of the weekend.
The Seahawks are a much different, and stronger, team at home, playing with one of the best home field advantages in the league. Meanwhile, you know Jim Harbaugh is going to have his team mean and fired up for this game after their dismal showing against New York. Take San Francisco to win the game, and cover the spread in the process, bringing Wilson back to rookie status a bit in this one.