The playoff bound San Francisco 49ers head into Seattle to take on the Seahawks, Saturday Dec 24th, who are still alive for a wild-card spot. The 49ers are locking in on the NFC’s second seed. NFL oddsmakers have the Niners as slim -1.5 point road favorites over the Seahawks with the over/under set at 38 points. Be sure to get the latest San Francisco 49ers vs Seattle Seahawks Spreads before making your 2011 NFL Picks Week 16.
San Francisco (11-3, 4-2 V) beat ailing quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and the Pittsburgh Steelers 20-3, at home, in Week 15. Vernon Davis caught a 1-yard touchdown pass for the 49ers one play after setting himself up with a 21-yard reception from Alex Smith, Frank Gore ran for a 5-yard score and David Akers kicked field goals of 22 and 38 yards. Alex Smith finished 18 of 31 for 187 yards with one touchdown pass. San Francisco became the first team in NFL history to hold an opponent without a rushing touchdown through each of the first 14 games. The 49ers also have gone 36 games without allowing a 100-yard rusher. Rashard Mendenhall had 15 carries for 64 yards.
San Francisco’s defense could be even more formidable with the possible return of four-time Pro Bowl linebacker Patrick Willis, who has missed the last two games with an injured right hamstring. He’s second on the team with 93 tackles and leads with four forced fumbles. As well as their defense is playing, the 49ers’ streak of not allowing a rushing touchdown as well as a 36-game stretch of not yielding a 100-yard rusher, could be challenged by Seattle’s Marshawn Lynch.
Seattle (7-7, 4-3 H) kept their faint playoff hopes alive by routing the Chicago Bears 38-14, on the road, in Week 15. Brandon Browner returned another interception 42 yards for a TD in the final quarter as the Seahawks outscored Chicago 31-0 in the second half. Chicago QB Caleb Hanie was hit hard on a play by K.J. Wright and threw the ball right into Bryant’s arms as Seattle scored two TDs in a 50-second span early in the third quarter. RB Marshawn Lynch added two touchdown runs for Seattle.
Marshawn Lynch has rushed for 1,011 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, including five scores in the last three games. He’s the first Seattle running back to go over 1,000 yards since Shaun Alexander in 2005. “Marshawn is running that ball — like I told guys, he’s running like he just got out of jail or something,” 49ers cornerback Carlos Rogers said. “He’s running that ball hard. It’s going to be a challenge, and just going into their place is a challenge with the way they’re playing.” The 49ers have contained Lynch in three meetings. He has no touchdowns in those games and rushed for just 33 yards on 13 carries in a 33-17 season-opening loss at San Francisco on Sept. 11. Lynch and the Seahawks (7-7) have plenty of motivation this weekend with a playoff spot still a possibility. However, they need Atlanta and Detroit to lose out and some other games to go their way.
Recent Trends to Consider:
Home team is 5-0 ATS in their last 5 meetings.
Under is 3-1-1 in the last 5 meetings in Seattle.
49ers are 2-5 ATS in their last 7 meetings in Seattle.
49ers are 11-1 ATS in their last 12 games as a favorite.
49ers are 9-1-1 ATS in their last 11 vs. NFC.
Seahawks are 5-0 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog.
Seahawks are 8-1 ATS in their last 9 vs. NFC.
Seahawks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games as a home underdog.
Seahawks are 6-1-1 ATS in their last 8 games following a ATS win.
Seahawks are 6-1 ATS in their last 7 games overall.
San Francisco 49ers vs Seattle Seahawks
When: Saturday, Dec 24th, 2011 4:15 EST
Pick: San Francisco -1.5
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The Bottom Line: The Seahawks are great at home and have motivation. Weather may also play a big role. I like the Seahawks to cover. NFL Point Spreads Expert Tyler Morgan went 2-1 ATS in Week 15, winning on underdogs Kansas City and Carolina to bring his NFL Predictions record to 73-39-4 for the season. Morgan, whose 2011 NFL Picks are hitting at 65% against the spread. Tyler’s moves have put thousands of dollars into his clients hands week after week. The good news for NFL Football bettors is – TYLER MORGAN’S PICKS ARE FREE – unlike most self proclaimed experts who charge big bucks to subscribers. Put a few Morgan Silver Dollars in your bank account by getting Tyler’s winning plays for FREE. Feel free to sign up to get NFL Picks Free!