Seahawks Look to Continue Magical Run
Next up for the Hawks is a date with the San Francisco 49ers – a team that they dominated in the last two meetings, but a team that beat them 13-6 the last time they played in San Francisco.
The Niners aren’t quite as scary a team as most made them out to be before the season – they beat up on the bad teams and have struggled versus the elite. San Francisco’s luster wears off a little when you realize that they are 0-4 SU and 0-3-1 ATS in losses to Seattle, Indianapolis, New Orleans and Carolina.
Seattle (11-1) at San Francisco (8-4)
When: 4:25 PM ET, Sunday, December 8, 2013
Where: Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California
Seahawks vs. 49ers Betting Lines from Bovada.lv
Seattle Seahawks +2½ +105 +125 Ov 40½ -110
San Francisco 49ers -2½ -125 -145 Un 40½ -110
How about them Hawks? This team held the Saints to seven points and they scored on their first five drives of the game – on offense and on defense. There are simply no holes on this team right now, but they will certainly be challenged Sunday.
Russell Wilson has 2,672 yards passing and 22 touchdowns, 456 rushing yards and a touchdown and is coming off a 300+ yards, three touchdown game. Wilson is simply on fire and is a serious issue to any defense. He can beat you with his arm, his legs and most of all – his mind. Doug Baldwin has played well and Golden Tate has been good.
Marshawn Lynch had his best game against the 49ers – 98 yards rushing and 2 TDs in the first meeting between these two teams. With the added element of danger Wilson brings, Lynch could have as good a game this time out as well. Lynch has run for 970 yards and nine TDs already this year and should be a big part of Seattle’s game-plan on Sunday.
Seattle’s defense continues to be insanely good – they are first in both total yards and passing yards allowed per game while ranking second in points allowed.
The proof is in the pudding – they held Drew Brees to 147 yards passing and 1 TD last time out and totally outclassed an incredible New Orleans offense.
The San Francisco 49ers have been better of late, but have lost some games that will likely cost them the NFC West. This recent stretch of inconsistency has placed the spotlight firmly on Kaepernick, and rightfully so.
The 49ers now possess one of the league’s worst games through the air – the return of Michael Crabtree will help for sure, but it will be tough sledding for him and the Niners pass attack as it’s the Legion of Boom who will line up across them.
Frank Gore has been a forgotten man at time this year but still has 821 yards and eight touchdowns this year. Like the pass offense – he could have a difficult time against Seattle’s peaking run D in Week 14.
San Francisco’s defense will be the best that the Hawks have faced in some time – third in points allowed, fifth in total yards allowed and fifth in passing yards allowed per game. Aldon Smith’s return to the lineup has made a good defense even better; it’s an embarrassment of riches, really.
The Niners defense had better be ready and focussed – the Hawks are clicking on all cylinders right now.
Dave B’s Won’t Cost You Anything Free Betting Prediction:
A few trends to consider:
• Over is 7-1 in SEA last 8 games in Week 14.
• SEA are 13-3 ATS vs. a team with a winning record.
• Over is 12-3 in SEA last 15 games in December.
• SF are 25-8-1 ATS in their last 34 games on grass.
• Over is 8-3 in SF last 11 games in Week 14.
• SF are 19-8-1 ATS in their last 28 home games.
• Home team is 7-2 ATS in their last 9 meetings.
Seattle will be an underdog for the first time all season long Sunday! Honestly! It is hard to imagine the San Francisco doing enough to slow Seattle’s incredibly well balanced offense and on the flip side I can’t see the San Francisco offense scoring enough against Seattle’s smothering defense.
Take the road dog in this one as the Hawks move to an unfathomable 12-1.