The Seattle Seahawks are listed in early Las Vegas lines for next week's games as being as much as a 12-point favorite against the visiting San Francisco 49ers. It's a game the Seahawks sorely need to win after falling to 4-5 Sunday.
The Seattle Seahawks may be 4-5 and fighting for their post-season lives after Sunday’s 39-32 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.
But they are also considered big favorites to get back on the winning track next Sunday, listed as being as much as 12-point favorites against the San Francisco 49ers in the early Las Vegas lines in a game set for 1:25 p.m. at CenturyLink Field.
That’s the second highest spread of the season for the Seahawks, who were 16.5-point favorites against the Chicago Bears in a game they won 26-0.
The spread is due in part to the struggles of the 49ers, who are 3-6 in their first season under coach Jim Tomsula. They also now have a new quarterback with Blaine Gabbert having replaced Colin Kaepernick.
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But Gabbert also led the 49ers to a 17-16 win over the Atlanta Falcons in his first start on Nov. 8. And the 49ers are coming off a bye, the second straight team to face the Seahawks following a bye week.
San Francisco has been an underdog in every game this season, including being a 6.5-point underdog when they hosted the Seahawks on Oct. 22, a game Seattle won 20-3 in Santa Clara.
So that’s the good news — that the Seahawks are regarded as having an easily winnable game following the loss to Arizona Sunday.
The bad news is that the Seahawks need that win just to get to 5-5 and remain in playoff contention.
The Seahawks are tied with Washington, Tampa Bay and St. Louis at 4-5 for the seventh spot in the NFC playoff race, two games behind Atlanta and Green Bay, which are each 6-3 (the Packers having fallen behind the 7-2 Vikings in the NFC North — a Minnesota team that hosts Seattle on Dec. 6).
The further bad news there is Seattle has lost to Green Bay and as such would lose the head-to-head tiebreakers with the Packers. Seattle at the moment would also lose tiebreakers with the Rams, meaning you could basically consider them as the No. 8 seed at the best in the NFC.