Seahawks Need A Win
The Seattle Seahawks (9-5-1 SU, 8-7 ATS) have already clinched the NFC West, but they have plenty to play for this Sunday when they visit the San Francisco 49ers (2-13 SU, 4-11 ATS). Seattle can claim the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the NFC playoffs with a win over the Niners; they also need the Atlanta Falcons to lose or tie their game against the New Orleans Saints. The ‘Hawks are 10-point favorites at press time with a total of 43.
The Seahawks aren’t nearly as dominant as they were during the first four years of the Pete Carroll-Russell Wilson Era. Injuries in the backfield have taken the sting out of Seattle’s offense, and the famed Legion of Boom defense lost arguably its most important player when safety Earl Thomas broke his leg in Week 13. The Seahawks are 1-2 SU and ATS with Thomas out for the season.
In theory, the 49ers can tank Sunday’s game and earn the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NFL Draft. But they’ll need the 1-14 Cleveland Browns to beat the Pittsburgh Steelers in their early-afternoon tilt. San Fran and Seattle kick off at 4:25 PM ET on FOX.