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Seahawks vs. 49ers: 2011 Week 1 NFL Betting Preview

Week 1 Seattle Seahawks vs San Francisco 49ers NFL Free Pick – Odds – Handicapping Preview

A crucial NFC West game in Week 1? You bet! The Seattle Seahawks visit the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon with the aim of getting a leg up in their own weak division.

Seattle Seahawks (0-0) at San Francisco 49ers (0-0)
Time/Date: 4:15 PM ET, Sunday, September 11, 2011
Venue: Candlestick Park, San Francisco, California
Broadcast: FOX
Hawks vs. 49ers Betting Lines lines by BetOnline.com
Spread: 49ers -5 ½
Moneyline: Hawks +210: 49ers -250
Over/Under: 38 points

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Seriously folks, one win will be the difference between making the playoffs and not. Plenty of question marks surround both teams heading into Sunday making for a somewhat intriguing matchup.

Pete Carroll showed last season that he is not afraid to make the occasional roster move and this season is no different. Out is Matt Hasselbeck and in are names like Tavaris Jackson, Sidney Rice, Zach Miller and Robert Gallery. Will it be enough to take Seattle over the smallish hump that is the NFC West? Probably not this season.

Seattle will start Tavaris Jackson as their quarterback on Sunday despite looking absolutely brutal during the preseason. Hopes are that Marshawn Lynch can find his form although he has averaged just 3.9 yards per carry during his career. High price acquisition Sidney Rice hasn’t played a whole lot this preseason and chemistry between Jackson and Stud Tight End Zach Miller has yet to develop. The revamped offensive line is banged up already – Robert Gallery is hurting and Russell Okung sprained an ankle AGAIN! Offensively, Seattle appears as though they could use another two weeks of training camp – not a good sign heading into Week 1. [soliloquy id=”82219″]

Typical hype is surrounding the 49ers heading into the season – it’s like Groundhog Day! Rookie Coach Jim Harbaugh will try to draw something out of Alex Smith – something that absolutely no coach before has been able to do. Smith will start and hand the ball off to possibly one of the most gifted yet injury prone runners in the game – Frank Gore. When Smith throws the ball, he will have new toy Braylon Edwards, returning players Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis at his disposal. On paper, San Fran’s offense looks fine but we’ve heard it all before.

Betting Prediction: These two teams split their two meetings last season, each winning at home. I think home field advantage continues on Sunday. Not only does San Francisco have Frank Gore but they also have their amped home crowd and dominant, game changing Linebacker Patrick Willis (277 solo tackles in three seasons). The 49ers although not great are better in absolutely every aspect of the game and should be able to cruise to victory. Growing pains will be long and they will be excruciating Seattle fans!

NFL Betting Trends:

Over is 10-1 in SEA last 11 games overall.
Over is 9-1 in SEA last 10 vs. NFC.
SEA are 2-11 ATS in their last 13 games on grass.

Pick: San Francisco 49ers -5 ½

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