The San Francisco 49ers have plenty to debate following Sunday's ugly loss to the Oakland Raiders, and things only get more difficult. The 49ers have to travel up to Seattle to face the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field, and it could get ugly. The 49ers opened as 7.5-point underdog, but the line quickly shot out to Seattle as 11-point favorites. According to betting expert R.J. Bell, this marks the first time in the Jim Harbaugh era that the 49ers have been double digit underdogs.
Considering what we saw of the 49ers last week against the Seahawks at Levi's Stadium, and then what they put together Sunday against the Raiders, how ugly could it get next Sunday? The 49ers remain mathematically alive in the playoff race, but aside from Jim Harbaugh saying the team would never surrender, I can't imagine many people think this team is going to be playing in January. It feels like at least some part of the team might be giving up on this season, but you also have some players that have some pride and will keep pushing through. Given that this is a team game, that does not seem to bode well for the 49ers remaining games.
And yet, the NFL can surprise us from time to time. Good teams usually beat bad teams, but just when you think you have the NFL figured out, it throws you a curve ball. Of course, this team has not shown they have a CLink upset in them, and it just seems like they are walking right into a knockout punch by the Seahawks. I am normally among the more optimistic people, but congrats 49ers, you've worn me down.