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Thursday Night Football: 49ers at Seahawks Picks

The Word

THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL 49ERS AT SEAHAWKS PICKS - The San Francisco 49ers (9-4) will play the Seattle Seahawks (7-6) on Thursday Night Football in a key divisional game. We are not always blessed with good Thursday night games, but this one should give us reason to watch.

The 49ers are attempting to close out the season atop the NFC West, while the Seahawks look to stay relevant with a statement win on primetime television. Rookie quarterback, Brock Purdy, will make his second NFL start against the most electric comeback quarterback of the year in Geno Smith.

Some trends for you hopeless degenerates:

  • 49ers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games after allowing less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game.
  • 49ers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win.
  • Seahawks are 2-11 ATS in their last 13 games after accumulating less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game.
  • Seahawks are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall.
  • Under is 4-0 in 49ers last 4 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
  • Under is 7-1 in Seahawks last 8 home games vs. a team with a winning road record.

The Odds



















The Picks


Seahawks +3.5


49ers -3.5


49ers -3.5

Kickoff: Thursday, December 15th at 8:15 PM EST

Where: Lumen Field, Seattle, WA

TV: Amazon Prime

Public Bets: Niners, 65%

Public Money: Seahawks, 68%

Odds courtesy of DraftKings, as of 12/15

Nate's Best Play

This is a must win spot for those of us with Seattle futures bets.

The Seahawks are playing for their postseason life tonight and they seem to be getting healthy at a good time. Walker will return to the backfield, which should open things up for Geno Smith.

Brock Purdy is injured for the Niners, as is Deebo Samuel. The expectation is that Purdy will play, as the Niners are out of options at the QB position.

This is a tough situation for a rookie quarterback to be making his first road trip as a starter. The injury may limit whatever explosive play ability that Niners have.

I will go down with the Seattle ship.

Nate’s Pick

Seahawks +3.5

Jack's Best Play

Game Script

The 49ers will attempt to ride a conservative game plan and a formidable defense to victory. The keys for San Francisco will be contain DK Metcalf and limit the explosive plays Geno Smith can make with his arm. On offense, they will try to simplify the game for their ailing third-string quarterback by calling plays for Christian McCaffrey underneath. The injury to Deebo Samuel will hurt the game script, but a win here could shore up the division for the Niners.

The Seahawks will turn to Geno Smith and the dangerous offense to establish an early lead against one of the best defenses in the country. The script will almost certainly involve making Purdy play from behind in hopes that he can't handle the pressure and begins to make mistakes. When the Seahawks offense is able to run with precision, they are tough to beat.

Trend Mania

The trends for this game don't look great for the Seahawks. They are 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games overall, 0-4 ATS in their last 4 games in December, and 0-4 ATS in their last four games on fieldturf. Seattle is also 2-11 ATS in their last 13 games after accumulating less than 90 yards rushing in their previous game. I haven't found a trend that points to a Seahawks cover in this game.

Meanwhile, the 49ers are hot against the spread. They are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games overall, 4-0 ATS in their last 4 games following a straight up win, and 6-0 in their last 6 games vs. at NFC West opponent.

Explosive Plays

Those trends are hard to ignore.

Much of Seattle's issues ATS in the last few weeks has been due to the fact that Vegas has been overvaluing them. The Seahawks covered a lot of games early in the year and, even though they've cooled off lately, they are still formidable as a favorite against a team with a third-string quarterback making his second NFL start.

The Seahawks' defense has been vulnerable to the explosive play this year. PFF grades the Seahawks coverage 21st in the NFL. The pass rush is even worse, ranking 27th in the NFL. The Seahawks will need to create pressure in order to force Brock Purdy to make mistake and limit the big play potential of the Niners wide outs.

Through 12 games of the season, the 49ers have recorded 76 big plays. Last week, we saw Purdy's ability to get the ball downfield. The Seahawks will need a strong defensive performance to stay close in this game.

The Seahawks have recorded 80 big plays through 12 games of the season, but the 49ers will have an easier time limiting this potential. PFF grades the 49ers coverage as 4th in the NFL and their pass rush as 9th.

Even with a hobbled third-string quarterback and no Deebo Samuel, I like the 49ers this week. They are the superior team and have proven they can win in spite of mediocre quarterback play. Meanwhile, the Seahawks haven't covered in four weeks and are hanging onto a once promising season. Lay the wood.



Jack's Pick

49ers -3.5

John's Best Play

Niners at Hawks +3.5

Hey Seahawks: news flash! Turn out the lights-your party's over. Tonight, you face a real NFL defense, not the sorry teams you've torched with your washed-up quarterback who's feigned youth. This is a really meaningful game facing a legit Super Bowl contender.

Who's Brock Purdy? Who cares. Coach Mike Shanahan's offense is built around a practice squad QB running this team. Five-yard passes and moves the sticks. Seattle just blew a game at home to the lowly Panthers and they've failed to cover ATS in their last four games.

One team is surging toward an NFL championship showdown with the Eagles, the other is sliding into a second or third-seed wild card.

What did my father say again? "Defense wins championships." This is for you dad.

John's Pick

49ers -3.5

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