San Francisco 49ers (0-1) at Seattle Seahawks (0-1)
The Seahawks’ season opened with a tough trip to Lambeau Field, where they lost by score of 17-9 and fell to 0-1 for the first time since 2012. Their offense struggled all game, gaining just 12 first downs to Green Bay’s 26, as their offensive line looked as bad as it had all last season. That’s concerning because the Seattle have the skill position talent to be a strong offense if they can get even adequate play from their offensive line and they also have arguably the strongest defense in the league. This team has the talent to compete for another trip to the Super Bowl, but they need to play better upfront.
Fortunately, they get a much easier matchup this week with San Francisco coming to town for their home opener. The 49ers are coming off of a 20-point loss in their home opener and are arguably the least talented team in the league. They likely get safety Jimmie Ward back from injury this week, but will be without rookie linebacker Reuben Foster. Even though he’s a rookie, Foster is one of the 49ers’ best defensive players given how weak they are on that side of the ball and it made a noticeable impact when he wasn’t on the field last week.
The 49ers don’t have the talent to take advantage of the Seahawks’ issues upfront, so Seattle should be able to dominate this one. Seattle has a great track record off of a loss in the Russell Wilson era, going 15-7-1 ATS. This line is huge at two touchdowns, but the Seahawks also have a great track record as big home favorites in the Russell Wilson era, going 9-3 ATS as home favorites of 12 or more. There isn’t enough here for me to put money on the Seahawks, but they should be the right side for pick ‘em purposes.
Seattle Seahawks 27 San Francisco 49ers 9
Pick against the spread: Seattle -14