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Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers Free Pick 9/15/13

San Francisco 49ers (1-0) at Seattle Seahawks (1-0)

NFL Football: Sunday, September 15, 2013 at 8:30 pm (CenturyLink Field)

The Line: Seattle Seahawks -2.5 -- Over/Under: 43 See the Latest Odds

TV: NBC

The San Francisco 49ers head to CenturyLink on Sunday to face off against the Seattle Seahawks.

The Seattle Seahawks got off to a strong start this season as Seattle defeated the Carolina Panthers in week one 12-7. This was a tough defensive battle, in which both teams had trouble moving the ball on a consistent basis. Russell Wilson was excellent for the Seahawks, throwing for 320 yards and a score against a good and underrated Panther defensive unit. Marshawn Lynch had trouble getting going on the ground against the Panthers, only rushing for 43 yards on 17 attempts, but this was more to do with opening day rust, and not an indication as to how the Seahawks will be on the ground this season. As a team the Seahawks managed to put up 370 yards total on the day, against just 253 for the Panthers. Cam Newton was effective against the Seahawk defense, throwing for 125 yards and score, but if you are going to beat this team, you need to have better offensive production than that. There has been all kinds of hype entering the season around the Seahawks as whether or not them, or the 49ers are the top team in the NFL as of right now. That question should be answered in Seattle on Sunday.

Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers Free Pick 9/15/13

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The San Francisco 49ers have a very tough task ahead of them on Sunday night, traveling once again to Seattle to face the Seahawks. The 49ers are coming off an impressive win against on of the Super Bowl favorites, the Green Bay Packers. The Packers vowed to stop Kaepernick and the 49ers ground attack, and they did just that, holding the 49ers to just 90 yards on the ground, with Frank Gore leading the charge with 44 yards and one score. The Packers sold out against the run and didn’t believe that Kaepernick could beat them through the air. They were mistaken. Kaepernick threw for 412 yards against this Packer defense, and perhaps what is most frightening for NFL defenses is that this kid threw for over 300 while in the pocket. The 49ers offense seemed to be missing something last season, and the 49ers found that piece this off-season in Anquan Boldin. Boldin had an amazing day for the Niners against the Packers, hauling in 13 receptions for 208 yards and a score. Now, I don’t expect Boldin to have this level of production every Sunday (who does) but combined with Davis, and Crabtree when he gets back later in the season, the Niners could have one of the more elite offenses in the NFL.

Most offshore books opened up at Seattle -3.5, and since the number has steadily dropped, and now most books are reporting the number actually dipping below the key number of three at -2.5, perhaps trying to draw more money on Seattle.

The Seahawks, with the possible exception of Denver have perhaps the best home field advantage in the league. The Niners have a team that can travel anywhere as San Francisco plays hard, smash mouth defense and has a very physical ground attack. Where the line sits now there looks to be some value on the Seahawks, but with all the early movement, it’s tough to tell if sharp money was coming in on San Francisco, or if they were just trying to drive the number below three.

I have to give this one to Seattle. The 49ers are an excellent team, and may very well be the best team in the league right now, but facing Seattle in Seattle isn’t easy for anyone.

The Seahawks are fresh off a game where they faced the read option attack, and having that in their arsenal as well, Seattle will be able to defend it. If this game were on a neutral field, I’d say flip a coin, but the 12th man will make things difficult on Kaepernick, who loves making adjustments at the line of scrimmage. Be careful watching this one as you might get bruises and welts just sitting too close to your TV on Sunday Night.

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