NFL Odds -- When It Comes Down To It, Niners Can't Turn the Ball Over

This game will get underway at 6:30 PM ET on Sunday at Century Link Field in Seattle. They will certainly be counting the decibels, as the volume level of this crowd has become the stuff of legend.


In the NFL odds that have been posted on this game, the Seahawks are the favorites, but take note that you can get different point spreads at different levels of "juice" by visiting BetAnySports


Seattle Seahawks  -3.5  (-105)

San Francisco 49ers  +3.5  (-115) 


Over 40 points  -110

Under 40 points  -110


When considering the possibilities of the New Orleans Saints as they traveled to Century Link Field last weekend, one major factor involved the ability of the New Orleans offense, specifically Drew Brees, to play outdoors and in the "elements." They were beaten 34-7 the first time they played in Seattle this season, but last week the Seahawks' offense plodded along much the same way the Saints did. The result was a New Orleans loss, but a cover in the NFL odds for New Orleans.


BetAnySports customers should take note that while San Francisco has experienced no luck at all in Seattle the last couple of years, the dynamic is a little bit different. San Francisco is far from being a pass-oriented offense that relies on precision and timing. Their preferred mode of operation is to punch an opponent out at the line of scrimmage. 


That's something Seattle can do too; the Seahawks are one of the few teams in the NFL with a better defense, statistically speaking, than the Niners have. Seattle has limited its opponents to 3.9 yards per rushing attempt, but the difference is that when the opponent passes the football, Seattle's secondary is a little more lethal. The Seahawks have permitted just 5.8 yards per pass, and they have intercepted 28 passes, compared to 6.5 and 18, respectively, for San Francisco. And Seattle has held its opponents to a minuscule 4.4 yards per play on an overall basis; to put this in perspective, that is almost a full yard less than either of the contestants in the AFC title game, and six-tenths of a yard less per play then the 49ers.


The factor that might mean the most to pro football bettors in this game is the fact that Seattle has beaten San Francisco like a rag doll on its own field. Including the meetings there in both 2012 in 2013, San Francisco has been outscored by a combined 33-6 in the first halves of those contests, and 71-16 overall. Not once have the Niners scored a meaningful touchdown; with less than two minutes left in the game last year, they were able to punch one over the goal line, but the score prior to that was 42-6 in favor of the Seahawks.


This year Seattle beat San Francisco by a 29-3 score at Century Link Field, but that doesn't mean Russell Wilson had a field day. In fact, he completed only eight of his 19 passes, and was sacked four times by the 49er pass rush. Wilson does have a tendency to get sacked; a quick look at the stat sheet allows BetAnySports customers to see that he's been dumped 44 times this year. That would seem an unusual figure, considering this guy's level of mobility.


One thing San Francisco has to do is cut down on its turnovers. In the last two years visiting Seattle, they have coughed it up seven times. But it's interesting; over these two games they have averaged the same amount of yards per play as the Seahawks have. In fact, that figure has been the same in EACH of the two games. 


So what does that tell us? Perhaps, as material to consider when making an NFL betting pick on this game, astute sportsbook customers might think about the fact that a mistake-free 49er team might be able to take this one right down to the wire.


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