The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks meet at Levi’s Stadium tonight in a perfect game. The 49ers come in undefeated, and the Seahawks need a win tonight to avoid falling three back in the loss column.
From purely a need and situation perspective, this is a perfect pick for those that side tonight with the Seahawks plus the six points.
Yet, from a point of view that factors in team chemistry and unbridled enthusiasm for the game, right now the 49ers are playing at an unparalleled level. The 49ers have a case for being favored by a touchdown at home tonight.
As far as we know, George Kittle is not going to be in the contest tonight, and that is a shame because he is worth the price of admission. Not only his controlled recklessness on the field, but his smile and wink with a shout off-field antics.
“I’m still here,” he yelled at an opponent last week after a huge hit.
His absence from the action on the field tonight might not prevent him from being a part of the game. If he is on the sideline, and I expect he will be, then the cameras would do well to follow him as often as they focus on the quarterbacks.
The 49ers perfect record has been achieved while avoiding the traps that most often catch even a good team. They could have lost in their home opener when they hosted the Pittsburgh Steelers in their first game without Ben Roethlisbeger. The 49ers turned the ball over five times, but had a different level of spirit that nudged the final in their favor.
The Steelers win didn’t cover the the six point spread, 24-20.
After beating the Los Angeles Rams to expand their division lead over the defending NFC Champions, the 49ers were in a trap the following week that would have knocked off almost any team. Still, without scoring a touchdown, the 49ers won on the road with a defensive effort that stymied the Washington Redskins offense all day after an opening drive that resulted in a missed field goal.
The 9-0 49ers win, was not enough to cover the ten point spread.
After they put up 51 points against the Carolina Panthers, they were on the road on a short work week in a sure trap against a team that had beaten them eight straight times, the Arizona Cardinals. That’s right, the Cardinals had beaten the Niners eight straight times before San Francisco worked out a win in their last game, a week-ago Thursday, 28-25.
The field goal victory margin was not enough to cover the ten point spread.
Tonight, is the next major test to their unbeaten string, and in this matchup they are not meeting a team they might take lightly, or in a negative situation caused by scheduling. Instead, the 49ers get an extra three days to prepare, are on their home field and are playing the best football in the league. The Seahawks are a perfect candidate to be beaten by a score that matches the margins in San Francisco's other two wins when they were challenged; 20-7 over the Rams, and 51-13 over the Panthers.
How much do I like the 49ers tonight?
Enough to skip a perfect play on the Seahawks.