NFL - San Francisco at Seattle



NFL - San Francisco at Seattle




The Monday night game offers up a divisional showdown between rivals of the NFC West. No team is over .500 in this brutal division, so Seattle maintains control of the lead with a 4-4 record.

2007-11-09

The Monday night game offers up a divisional showdown between rivals of the NFC West. No team is over .500 in this brutal division, so Seattle maintains control of the lead with a 4-4 record.

The Seahawks are off a disappointing 33-30 OT loss at Cleveland in which they gave up a 21-6 lead. It was the second time in ’07 that the offense scored both 30 points and gained at least 400 yards, so there are signs that the sputtering unit is coming to life. Speaking of struggling offenses, the 49ers are the league’s worst in yards per game (224.2) and yards per play (4.2). They have lost six straight games and are 1-5 ATS in that span. HC Mike Nolan’s teams are 6-12 ATS as road underdogs, but 5-4 ATS as double-digit dogs, which they are here at +10. In last year’s game between these teams at Seattle, the 49ers won outright, 24-14 as 10-point dogs.

The Niners started with a bang but have since found NFL life unrewarding, going 0-6 SU and 1-5 ATS heading into this week’s matchup with division foe Seattle. The offense has sputtered with various injuries hampering the effort and a lack of power provided by the rushing attack. The offensive line has failed to support the momentum built last season and now must find a way to reverse fortunes if San Fran is going to challenge for wins. The defense is strong is more than capable despite giving up too many rushing yards, but their strength will never be realized until the offensive support comes forth.

Seattle may be one of the more frustrating units in the professional ranks this season. The offense is loaded with potential but has failed to formulate a means of consistent success. The defense is on the verge of joining the great units in the game but will falter against a strong rushing attack. There is nothing about this squad that shines, evidenced by the 4-4 SU, 3-4-1 ATS, and 3-4-1 O/U records thus far. However, this team has put San Fran in their place once this season and faces a great opportunity to build much-needed momentum once again.

Keys to the Game –This NFC West matchup looked like a sure–fire winner before the season started; however, San Francisco has fallen flat on their faces. Injuries have limited offense, still to be this dreadful at this point of the season points to players not holding up there end of the bargain. The Niners are once again dogs to Seattle, just like they have been the previous six times. Many of the elements are in place for Seattle, but like child’s toy – assembly required. As loud and proud Seattle fans are and with how good the Seahawks have been under Mike Holmgren, they are 7-1 ATS at Qwest Field when a touchdown or more home favorite.

Trends
- The SU winner of Seattle MNF games is 20-0-1 ATS.
- San Fran is 5-2 ATS as a MNF road underdog.

StatFox Pick – Seahawks minus points

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