A week from Monday, the San Francisco 49ers will host the Seattle Seahawks in what will be one of the biggest games of the season for both teams. For the first time since Thanksgiving in 2014, the Niners will be favored. San Francisco opens up as six-point favorites against Seattle. It’ll be interesting to see that number fluctuate as the week goes along.
The Seahawks beat Tampa Bay 40-34. They trailed 21-7 and should have gone into the half down 24-13, but Tampa Bay missed a 50-yard field goal. Once the Bucs fumbled the ball away in the third quarter, they were never able to regain the lead.
The line is a reflection of how these two teams are playing. The Seahawks have had “Patriot level luck” when talking about the way the ball has bounced in their favor this season. Sunday was yet another game where Seattle came from behind and one a one-possession game. Seattle now has five wins on the season in one-possession games by a combined 14 points. Vegas is telling us that it isn’t going to happen next Monday night.
Seattle and San Francisco have played six common opponents. Both teams have won every game. Seattle has a +31 point differential in those games, with a 5.17-point average margin of victory. San Francisco is +86 with a 14.33 average margin of victory.
We will dissect this game as the week goes on, but the people that do this for a living and do it very well are telling you the 49ers are six points better than their divisional rival.