- Russell Wilson is the frontrunner to win the MVP with odds ranging from +150 to +225.
- The 49ers have the best record in the NFL and the second-best point differential in the league.
- Both teams are 2-0 in the NFC West and will set the tone for how the season plays out from here.
SAN FRANCISCO – In the first of the two games the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers will play against each other, the beginning of the battle for the NFC West begins on Monday.
Both teams have only played two games against divisional opponents thus far (both 2-0) but end the season playing against each other in Seattle. It isn’t a thought that the division can be won or lost on Monday Night Football, but it can certainly put one team ahead in the rankings.
The Niners will be at home this time around and their defensive abilities have been the strength of their team all season. San Francisco has allowed the second-fewest points (102), has the second-largest point differential (+133), and has been penalized the third-fewest times per game (5.9).
It will take another MVP performance from the MVP frontrunner in Russell Wilson to give the 49ers the first loss of their season.
However, Wilson has the accolades behind him as well to support the claim for a Seahawks’ victory. Despite the Niners’ first week atop the NFL power rankings, Wilson is no stranger to opposing defenses.
Wilson has faced the NFL’s 3rd-highest pressure rate this season and seems to brush off blitzes with ease. His scrambling ability may keep the Niners in check, or they may feel the need to come after him with even more of a vengeance.
Betting On The Seahawks And Niners
Wilson could become the quarterback with the second-most wins in their first eight season with a victory over the Niners on Monday Night Football. But still, the Niners are favored by almost a touchdown (6 points) and the public money is moving toward the home team.
With an over/under of 47 points, bettors might consider taking the under in the divisional rivalry. Not only do the 49ers average the second-most rushing yards per game (171.1) but Wilson has taken care of the ball all season long.
With the clock running and a battle of field position upon us, this matchup likely won’t see anywhere near this total. However, with the struggling play of the Seahawks defense, we might see the opposite happen as well, making the decision even more difficult.
No matter which way a bettor is leaning, be sure to submit your wagers in time and tune in to the 8:15 p.m. EST kick off on ESPN. Even those who miss out on the opening line will see plenty of action still around by engaging in legal live sports betting.
Michael began writing as an NBA content writer and has spent time scouting college basketball for Florida State University under Leonard Hamilton and the University of Alabama under Anthony Grant. A graduate of both schools, he covers topics focused on legal sports betting, betting odds, and casino reviews. Michael likes to golf, play basketball, hike, and kayak when not glued to the TV watching NBA games.