Why the Seattle Seahawks Will Win at Home Against the San Francisco 49ers
We have an interesting match-up for our Offsides articles this week with the San Francisco 49ers visiting the Seattle Seahawks.
This match-up will see two of the most dynamic young quarterbacks in the game today. The 49ers’s second-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick stole the starting job from Alex Smith while he was out with a concussion. Except for a few mistakes against the St. Louis Rams, Kaepernick has been very solid and has added a dynamic element to the position that Smith didn’t and forces defenses to honor his running and playmaking ability as well as the deep ball.
Since coming in relief of the ailing Smith, Kaepernick has thrown for over 1700 yards and 13 touchdowns. On the ground he has 379 yards and a whopping 7 touchdowns.
When Seahawks’ head coach Pete Carroll named rookie Russell Wilson the starter, he surprised everyone. After going out and signing Matt Flynn as a free agent in the offseason, many thought Carroll was committing career suicide and that his second tenure in the NFL could expire quicker than the first.
All Wilson has done so far in the season is amass over 2600 yards and 21 touchdowns. Like Kaepernick, Wilson is also a threat with his feet and has recorded 402 yards on the ground and three rushing touchdowns.
Defense Wins the Game
These two teams match up very well against each other. When they met up in Week 7 in San Francisco, the Seahawks covered the 7.5-point spread in a losing effort and a score of 13-6. Online sportsbooks aren’t giving either side much leeway in this rematch and have the game at even or San Fran as slight favorites as one-point chalk.
Defense is what will win this game. The Seahawks are second in the league in scoring defense and third in total yards and passing yards. If you want to call it their weakness, the Seahawks are 10th against the run, which will be tested against Frank Gore.
The 49ers’ defense is equally impressive ranking first in scoring, second in total yards, fifth against the pass and third against the run.
When you read those stats you automatically think that it should be a long day for Russell Wilson and the Seahawks offense. But there are three things you have to remember.
1. While the 49ers have faced Wilson and shut him down in Week 7, this isn’t the same team and his confidence is much higher.
2. Seattle is tough at home. Not only are they undefeated at home this year, they are also 6-0 ATS – including a win over the New England Patriots as 3.5 point home dogs.
3. Sportsbooks don’t put out lines like this for no reason. Looking at the stats and match-up, this all the hallmarks for a close and exciting game.
The 49ers are comfortably set for the playoffs and most likely the NFC West crown. At the end of the day, it is the Seahawks that are still fighting for the playoffs. They are currently sitting in fifth place in the NFC with the remaining three teams one game behind them at 8-6.
Combining the fight for the playoffs and the home field advantage, you have every reason to bet at Justbet by taking the Seattle Seahawks.