Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers Betting Preview – NFL, Week 17, 2021

By Dean McHugh in NFL
| December 31, 2020 11:53 am PDT

Seattle travels to San Francisco looking to move into the number two seed spot in the NFC. Whilst they have already secured home advantage in the first round of the playoffs, moving up to second seed right now would be the difference of facing the Bears rather than the Rams, which is definitely an easier game for them.

Seattle goes into this match in great form, having won four of their last five games, which includes the last three on the trot.

The 49ers ended a run of three straight losses with a good away victory against the Cardinals last time out.

Seattle edge the recent head to head games between the two teams three too two. Two of those five games actually went to overtime, so there really has been little between them. However, in San Francisco, it’s the Seahawks that have dominated, winning five of the last six.

Seahawks vs. 49ers Odds

Seahawks -4.5-110
49ers +4.5-110
Seahawks To Win-220
49ers To Win+190
Over 46.5 Points-110
Under 46.5 Points-110 

The spread is about where it should be, but if anything, it slightly favors the Seahawks, in my opinion.

Seahawks Analysis

The Seahawks are finishing the season strong, having won five of their last six games, and they will want to continue that good form going into the playoffs. Last week they beat the Rams comfortably by 20-9, and if things stay as they are right now, this would be the exact same fixture in the first round of the playoffs. 

On the road, the Seahawks have a positive record of four wins and three defeats, which includes back to back wins over the past couple of away trips against Washington and Philadelphia.

They have been awful against the spread on the road, however, losing all five of their last five away fixtures. However, in San Francisco against the 49ers, they have won six of the last eight. When you also include the games played in Seattle, their overall record reads 15 wins from the last 19 matchups.

Their games have been very low scoring recently, with their most recent five all going under the betting total. The same can be said of the recent road trips as four of their last six have gone the same way. However, against the 49ers, only one of the last five games have gone under the betting total as the games have been fairly exciting ones.

For a side doing so well, their stats are very average or perhaps just slightly better than average. However, for a side conceding over 380 yards per game, their return of just 23 points conceded is something to behold. It must be said they have a very good defensive unit against sides that like to run the ball as they have reduced their opponents to less than 100 yards per game. They have also made the fifth-highest number of sacks this year.

Offensively they pass the ball very well, averaging a 69% passing completion rate, which is the fourth-highest in the league to date.

Safety Quandre Diggs has had a December to remember and enters the interceptions leaderboard for the first time this season, having now made five.

49ers Analysis

The 49ers season has depleted over recent weeks, having only won two of their last eight games. Oddly enough, those two wins came against the other two teams in the NFC West, the Rams, and the Cardinals, so they will be looking to complete the set against the Seahawks here.

At home, they have been appalling, having only one won of their seven matchups, but they can be forgiven for such a poor record as their season was certainly disrupted when they had to move their home games to Arizona for a few weeks as they followed Covid-19 guidelines.

Much like their recent games, they haven’t won against the spread either, losing two of their last eight also. At home, things are even worse as they have only won one of their last seven games.

Also, like the Seahawks, their games have been low scoring recently, with four of the last six going under the betting total.

Defensively they seem to do everything right except keep their opponents out of the paint, which is the most important part of the game! They are ranked fifth for both yards conceded and passing yards conceded and sixth for rushing yards conceded but yet still manage to concede 24 points per game, which is higher than the league average.

If their attack was a knife, it would be a butter knife as it can cut through somethings, but when it gets down to the real tough stuff, it’s blunt!

Seahawks vs. 49ers Pick

Pick
  • Seahawks -4.5
    -110

All but one of the 49er’s losses this season have come by a score of greater than 4.5, and all but one of the Seahawk’s wins have been greater than 4.5 points also, so this is a clear pick for me, and I will take Seattle to cover the handicap.

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