Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers: 1/3/21 NFL Picks and Prediction
San Francisco 49ers (6-9) vs Seattle Seahawks (11-4)
Game Info: Sunday, January 3, 2021 at 4:25 pm (Levi's Stadium)
Betting Odds: San Francisco 49ers +6.5 -- Over/Under: 47.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds
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The Seattle Seahawks will travel to State Farm Stadium to take on the San Francisco 49ers this Sunday afternoon in NFL action.
The Seattle Seahawks won their 3rd straight game and improved to 11-4 on the season after defeating the Los Angeles Rams, 20-9, this past Sunday. Seattle was outstanding defensively against the Rams and was able to put the game away late after a 13-yard TD reception by a Jacob Hollister gave the Seahawks a 2-possession lead with just 2:51 left in regulation. Seattle was outgained by Los Angeles by a 334-292 margin, however, won the turnover battle by a 1-0 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the Seahawks was QB Russell Wilson who completed 20 of 32 passes for 225 yards & 1 TD.
On the season, Seattle is averaging 28.9 ppg on 394.3 total yards per game (270.9 passing yds/g; 123.3 rushing yds/g). Offensively, Seattle has been led by QB Russell Wilson who has completed 69.7% of his passes for 4,031 yards (301.0 passing yds/g), 38 TD, & 13 & 13 INT. Wilson is also the 2nd leading rusher with 484 yards & 2 TD’s on 78 carries. The top receiving threats for the Seahawks have been led by DK Metcalf (80 rec, 1,282 yards, 10 TD), Tyler Lockett (88 rec, 964 yards, 8 TD), & David Moore (34 rec, 412 yards, 6 TD). Leading the way for the Seattle backfield has been the duo of Chris Carson (130 att, 637 yards, 5 TD; 35 rec, 248 yards, 4 TD) & Carlos Hyde (81 att, 356 yards, 4 TD).
Defensively, Seattle is allowing their opponents to average 23.2 ppg on 398.7 total yards per game (302.5 passing yds/g; 96.2 rushing yds/g).
The San Francisco 49ers snapped their 3-game losing streak and improved to 6-9 on the season after defeating the Arizona Cardinals, 20-12, this past Sunday. San Francisco was outstanding defensively against the explosive Arizona offense and was able to hold on later after Kyle Juszczyk’s 2nd TD reception of the game gave the 49ers an 8-point lead midway through the 4th quarter. San Francisco outgained Arizona by a 398-350 margin while also winning the turnover battle by a 2-1 margin in the victory. Leading the way for the 49ers was C.J. Beathard who completed 13 of 22 passes for 182 yards & 3 TD.
On the season, San Francisco is averaging 23.5 ppg on 390.0 total yards per game (269.8 passing yds/g; 120.2 rushing yds/g). Offensively, San Francisco has been hurt all season by injuries and although they did get George Kittle back last week in limited fashion, the 49ers will most likely still be missing Jimmy Garoppolo, Nick Mullens, Raheem Mostert, & Deebo Samuel. Leading the way for the 49ers in this game will be RB Jeff Wilson Jr. who has been very solid in his opportunities this season as he has 524 yards & 6 TD’s on 106 carries. QB C.J. Beathard has completed 61.2% of his passes for 514 yards, 5 TD, & 0 INT. The top receiving threats available for the 49ers will be Brandon Aiyuk (60 rec, 748 yards, 5 TD), Kendrick Bourne (44 rec, 591 yards, 3 TD), & George Kittle (41 rec, 566 yards, 2 TD).
Defensively, San Francisco is allowing their opponents to average 24.3 ppg on 328.5 total yards per game (223.0 passing yds/g; 105.5 rushing yds/g).
The Seahawks are 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games vs. a team with a losing record and 0-5 ATS in their last 5 road games. The 49ers are 4-0 ATS in their last 4 January games and 9-4 ATS in their last 13 games as an underdog.
Seattle was able to clinch the NFC West with their win against Los Angeles last week and still have something to play for as they could still get the top-seed in the NFC if they are able to win while both the Packers & Saints lose. At the same time, as the Saints play the Panthers, I can see that game getting out of hand early and if it does, it will not shock me to see Seattle pull players in the 2nd half. San Francisco, despite their tough season, still is playing competitive football and between the fact that I think the 49ers can keep this close and that Seattle might pack it in late, I think the play here is to take San Francisco and the points. Good Luck!
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Brett’s Pick San Francisco 49ers +6.5
AUTHOR: Brett Nault
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