NFL Pick: San Francisco 49ers vs. Seattle Seahawks
- Updated: September 14, 2013
Sunday, Sept. 15, 8:30 p.m. (ET)
NFL Betting Odds: VietBet
Pointspread: Seattle -2.5
Total Line: 44
San Francisco comes into this huge NFC West showdown 1-0 after an opening day 34-28 victory over Green Bay as a five-point favorite at home with the total going OVER the 47-point closing line. The 49ers had to erase a four-point deficit midway through the fourth quarter with 10 unanswered points down the stretch to get the win. They sealed things with a 33-yard field goal with just 26 seconds on the clock.
All eyes in this game were on third-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick to see if he could pick-up where he left off after last year’s Super Bowl run and he did not disappoint. He ended the day completing 27-of-39 passes for 412 yards and three touchdowns while scrambling for another 22 yards on the ground. I think it is safe to say that this guy is the real deal. The main concern for San Francisco heading into this matchup is a normally stout defense that was torched for 385 yards of total offense against the Packers. It was able to shut down the run, but it did allow 322 yards through the air.
Seattle clawed its way past Carolina 12-7 in its season opener as a three-point road favorite with the total staying UNDER the 44.5-point line. The Seahawks out-gained the Panthers by close to 120 yards of total offense and had a slight edge in time of possession, but they still had major trouble putting points on the board. They managed just three points in the first half and did not find the end zone until the fourth quarter.
The big takeaway from this game is how solid the Seahawks’ defense looked right out of the gate. It finished last season ranked fourth in the NFL in total yards allowed and first in points allowed and definitely held true to form in this game. On the offensive side of the ball, Russell Wilson put up some big numbers with 320 yards passing while completing 25 of his 33 attempts, but 12 points is not going to get it done against San Francisco.
Both these teams know what is at stake in this game so look for the 49ers defense to tighten things up in the secondary and for Seattle to do a better job at putting points on the board. The big edge in this matchup is the Seahawks playing at home where they went 8-0 last year. I also like the half point in my favor going with the home team.
Seattle 23 San Francisco 20
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