Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers Betting Odds Preview - NFL Week 7

San Francisco fans were shocked this past weekend when the 49ers were beat at home 26-3 by the New York Giants. Those same fans are hoping the 49ers can regroup at home on a short work week to prepare for the visiting Seattle Seahawks in Week 7’s Thursday Night Football game. Last weekend Seattle upset the New England Patriots 24-23 to move to 4-2 on the season. This Thursday’s game is now even more important to both the Seahawks and the 49ers. This is a divisional game and both teams are 4-2 at the moment. Seattle is on a two game win streak and his hoping to break the three way tie in the NFC West this week. Seattle has already lost a game to the third co-leader Arizona; the 49ers face Arizona next weekend.

Seattle will have their work cut out for them. San Francisco is the 7 point favorite to win this game and the over/under is 37 ½ points. Seattle’s passing game has been greatly improved in the past two weeks, above their own average for the season. But their rushing game has been ignored as of late in favor of the pass. However, with the exception of last week’s game against the Giants, San Francisco has had a tremendous pass defense all season and one of the top run defenses in the league.

Both of these teams are fairly healthy with some minor bangs and bruises to key players but all are expected to start.

San Francisco’s passing game has been much quieter than anticipated this season but their run game has been top of the league. Generally Alex Smith is sharp at QB for the 49ers but last week he threw 3 interceptions against the Giants. Seattle boasts the 2nd best run defense in the league and a mid-ranked pass defense. This could actually be a better game than the spread is predicting if Seattle can live up to form and grind the 49er’s run game to a halt as the Giants did last week. However, last week the 49ers answered with an above average passing game.

The 49ers are 2-1 at home this season while the Seahawks are 1-2 on the road. Both teams played last Sunday mean a short practice week for everyone. Last season San Francisco beat Seattle twice during the regular season. Seattle scores an average of 18.3 points a game and allows an average of 15.5 points a game. San Francisco scores an average of 25.3 points a game and allows an average of 15.7 points a game. An over/under of 37 ½ points is reasonable given how well these teams match up. Most people will consider this a question of how well can the 49ers’ offense perform against a Seattle defense, but every needs to consider how well San Francisco’s passing defense can stand up against a much improved Russell Wilson as he has made remarkable improvements to his pass completion rating this month and has put the ball in the end zone more this month than all of last month.

However, if you are thinking of taking Seattle in this game, keep in mind that they are 0-2 against divisional rivals and the 49ers loss last weekend probably says more about the Giant’s ability than any unforeseen San Francisco fallibilities.

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