One of the best games in Week 16 is the Sunday Night Football game featuring the 49ers vs Seahawks. The 49ers will travel to Seattle to play in a hostile environment against their division rivals in a game that will have a playoff-like feel.
Originally the San Diego Chargers vs New York Jets game was slated to be the Sunday Night NFL game, but the NFL front offices took advantage of the flex schedule to change the game. Last week the 49ers vs Patriots attracted 23.2 million viewers and changing the game should promote a strong viewership once again in Week 16.
The 49ers are a Super Bowl contender but the Seahawks are one of the hottest teams in the matchup. The Seahawks have dominated the opposition over the last two games and will come into this pivotal game with serious momentum. However, they could also be shorthanded.
Seattle Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman’s appeal of a four-game suspension will be held Friday, a league source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter. The outcome of this appeal could drastically change the preparation and the outcome of this game.
If Sherman loses the appeal, he would be out Sunday vs. San Francisco. However, there is no indication of when a decision might be rendered. Without him in the lineup, the Seahawks would have to alter their lineup and would be missing a key piece of a defense that has exceeded expectations.
49ers vs Seahawks Odds: The betting line on the 49ers vs Seahawks opened with Seattle as slim one-point favorites, but that number has changed as the 49ers are attracting 65 percent of the public money and the line is now at a PK.
Russell Wilson is having an outstanding season in his rookie campaign under center for Seattle, but the 49ers have a rookie of their own who is stealing the headlines.
Colin Kaepernick took over for Alex Smith and is impressive as a field general for the 49ers. Kaepernick is the NFC’s offensive player of the week and he ranks No. 1 since 2008 in Total QBR through a player’s first five starts. The 49ers are 4-1 since he took over as starter and according to ESPN Kaepernick’s Total QBR is 79.5, second-highest among qualified quarterbacks behind Peyton Manning (81.5).
Despite starting only five games, Kaepernick has five rushing touchdowns (tied for third-most among quarterbacks) and three rushes of at least 20 yards (fourth-most among quarterbacks). The young gun will be poised and ready for the Sunday night spotlight in Seattle.
The Seahawks have one of the best home field advantages in the NFL, but the 49ers proved a week ago they can win on the road against a very good team when they beat the Patriots.
The Seahawks are 8-21-1 ATS in their last 30 games after scoring more than 30 points in their previous game and 16-33-3 ATS in their last 52 games following a win of more than 14 points.
The 49ers are 4-1 ATS in their last 5 road games, 10-4 ATS against a team with a winning record and 23-9-1 ATS in their last 33 games overall.
The 49ers prove that they can win in any environment and squeak out a win in Seattle.
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