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Tips For Betting On Seahawks 49ers : Seahawks And 49ers Clash With First Place On The Line

Posted by Tony Bryant on 10/15/2012 6:54:17 PM

The Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers are fighting for positioning in the NFC West. They face an early moment of truth this NFL season on Thursday night in the Bay Area.

Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers – Thursday, October 18    
Sport betting line:  San Francisco -8

Why Seattle Will Win

If you want to make a winning bet on this game, here's why you might want to pick the Seahawks: They're overflowing with confidence at the moment. The New England Patriots carried a double-digit lead for most of the afternoon against the Seahawks, as Seattle kept shooting itself in the foot with turnovers and penalties in crucial situations. However, Seattle's defense continued to attack New England quarterback Tom Brady, making plays and limiting the Patriots to just 23 points, a very pedestrian outing for the offense that was considered to be the best in the NFL heading into Sunday's contest.

The Seahawks, in the fourth quarter, finally stopped making the mistakes that have been holding them back this season. Quarterback Russell Wilson led an impressive touchdown march to reduce a 23-10 deficit to 23-17. When given a chance by his defense to take the lead in the final minutes, Wilson didn't disappoint. A perfectly thrown deep ball on a post pattern smoked the New England secondary, giving Seattle a touchdown and, with the point after, a 24-23 lead. The defense was then able to shut down New England on the Patriots' final possession. Such an escape job creates a lot of belief and momentum inside a locker room and on a practice field. The Seahawks are going to step onto the field in San Francisco knowing that they can compete with the 49ers, even though San Francisco owned this series last year.

Why San Francisco Will Win

When NFL betting students settle in and assess this game, they will appreciate the extent to which Seattle has improved, but they will see that as no good reason to pick against San Francisco. The 49ers did get smacked around this past weekend, but they lost to the defending Super Bowl champions, the New York Giants. San Francisco lost to a really good team. The Niners are going to beat almost all of the teams they play in 2012 because those teams are not as good as the Giants. Seattle is one such team.

The Seahawks have been extremely inconsistent on offense, and little was different in their win over New England. Sure, Seattle pulled out that win in the final minutes, but for most of the day, football experts were reminded why rookie quarterbacks struggle in the NFL. Russell Wilson is still very much immersed in a learning process, and when he plays this game on the road against one of the NFL's elite defenses, he is likely to get hit hard. He is also likely to commit multiple turnovers and cede control of this game to the Niners.

Who Will Win

The hard-hitting defense of the 49ers should throttle Seattle's offense. A 49er team angered by its pitiful performance against New York should come out firing and bury the Seahawks.

NFL Football Betting Pick: San Francisco


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