Because, again, that Monday night game was like our Super Bowl, because we’re so mediocre, and have no chance to make the actual Super Bowl. You get it. You get what I’m throwing down.
Sometimes lines are just fishy, you know? You look at the Washington Huskies hosting #11 Michigan State. The Huskies are coming off of a couple of bad seasons, are breaking in a new coaching staff, and only have wins against cupcake opponents in their 2-0 start. The Spartans, meanwhile, have been highly ranked all year, and even though they also only have wins against cupcake opponents in their 2-0 start, you’d think they’d earn a little respect from the powers that be in Vegas. Not so! The Huskies are favored by 3.5 points. It’s not just a field goal, it’s a field goal and that extra hook. And that line has moved! But, it started (per my recollection) with the Huskies favored by 2.5 points, which means there’s plenty of action on the Huskies to prevail. That’s fishy! Why should there be so much faith in us? What have we done to deserve it?
Well, on the flipside, the 49ers are favored by 8.5 over the Seahawks. If this were week 1 instead of week 2, that might make a lot of sense. But, the Seahawks are coming off of a victory against a team that’s on-paper the more superior of the two. Whereas the 49ers are coming off of a defeat against a team in the Bears that most people are projecting to be among the very worst teams in the entire league. You’d think there would be enough on tape to convince everyone that the Seahawks at least have enough talent to keep it close with a team like the 49ers.
And that might be true. But, fishy lines are fishy for a reason. I’m guessing the Seahawks won a lot of people over, at least when it comes to them not being the VERY worst team in football. I think there will be a fair amount of action on the Seahawks to cover. How hard can it be to keep the game to within a single score? The 49ers look pretty miserable on offense, and the Seahawks have just enough talent on defense to exploit that.
But, I’m here to tell you to stay away. I think we’re in for a supreme Let Down game out of the Seahawks. I think they put it all on the line and left it all out on the field against the Broncos, and I don’t think they’re going to have what it takes to overtake the 49ers. I don’t even think we keep it close. If I had to guess, I’d say this game ends up as a 27-6 snoozefest.
That 49ers defense is really damn good. And I think the Broncos figured out a way – especially in the second half – to make Geno Smith’s life miserable. If he’s not going to adjust – if he’s not going to step up in the pocket when those edge rushers close in on him – then he’s going to have a long day.
We’ve already seen the way teams can move the ball against us. We’re not going to be perfect in the red zone every week. I think this is going to be one of those weeks where talent overcomes scrappiness.
Bench all your Seahawks starters in fantasy! Stay as far away from this game as humanly possible. Maybe go to the Puyallup Fair or take a drive out into the country while the weather is still reasonably nice. The honeymoon on this new era Seahawks team ends this Sunday, and it’s going to be pretty brutal to watch.