Handicapping the NFL West: San Francisco at Seattle

 

SAN FRANCISCO over SEATTLE by 14
The Seahawks are 6-0 straight up and against the spread in Seattle this year, thanks in large part to rookie quarterback Russell Wilson. Wilson has been spectacular at home, throwing twelve touchdowns with just one pick. His quarterback rating is 118 in Seattle but just 83 on the road. The 49ers brutalized Wilson in the first meeting between these two teams, a 13-6 win by San Francisco at home. Wilson completed just 9 of 23 passes for 122 yards, throwing one interception in the process.

 

A bit of the shine has come off this game thanks to the 49ers surprise win over New England last week; what was expected to be a battle for first place in the NFC West has turned into just another game for San Francisco. While it would be nice for the 49ers to clinch the division this week with a win in Seattle, San Francisco could also clinch in week 17 with a win over Arizona. The game opened pick last Sunday, but Seattle money came rolling in and moved the game up to Seattle -2.

The Seahawks have scored 108 points in the last two weeks, becoming the first team since 1950 to put up 50+ points in consecutive weeks. However, the San Francisco defense is a much higher quality than the Buffalos of the world. Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll have a notoriously contentious relationship, dating back to their college coaching days, and if Harbaugh is going to go to New England and have his team put up 40 points on a coach he respects, can you imagine what he has planned for this week, in a game his team could really use? Carroll has yet to beat Harbaugh in the pros and hasn’t beat him since Mark Sanchez was his starting QB at USC. Expect Harbaugh to do it again this week:

 
San Francisco 23, Seattle 9