- Both Seattle and San Francisco now have -115 odds to win NFC West
- The 49ers are no longer the favorite after their Week 15 loss at home to Atlanta
- A Week 17 showdown between the Seahawks and 49ers could determine the division champion
After a couple of huge results in Week 15, odds are now split on who will take home the NFC West division crown. Both Seattle and San Francisco tied in the NFL Divisional odds with identical records, and a massive Week 17 showdown between the two looms ahead.
Odds to Win NFC West
|San Francisco 49ers||-115|
Odds taken Dec. 16.
Odds are Now Split
The 49ers have been the favorites to win the NFC West since the middle of September. For a long time, this team was the only undefeated team in the conference. However, in losing three of their last six, Kyle Shanahan’s team has come all the way back to the pack.
Prior to last week, San Francisco was still a -200 favorite, with Seattle sitting at +140. Now, with a Week 15 win for the Seahawks, and a defeat for the 49ers, it is a dead heat on the way to the finish line.
49ers Suffer Last Second Loss
The 49ers fell at home to Atlanta in devastating fashion. Matt Ryan threw a five yard touchdown pass to Julio Jones with just two seconds remaining, but the play was initially ruled short of the goal line. It was reviewed, and the score was awarded, just one of multiple replay reviews in the game’s final ten seconds.
Jimmy Garappolo was okay, going 22-of-34 for 200 yards and a touchdown. Raheem Mostert added 54 yards on the ground, and Tevin Coleman added 40. Offensively, San Francisco was the picture of pedestrian on Sunday.
Seattle, meanwhile, went on the road and grabbed an extremely valuable win at Carolina by a score of 30-24.
Russell Wilson was tremendous. He went 20-of-26 for 286 yards and two touchdowns. Beside him, Chris Carson carried the ball 24 times, racking up 133 yards and two scores of his own.
The Seahawks intercepted Kyle Allen on three occasions as well. KJ Wright accounted for 2 of those, and Bobby Wagner added the third.
Week 17 Matchup Hangs Overhead
Two weeks remain, and in Week 17, Seattle and San Francisco will go head-to-head. If each can handle their business in Week 16, then that final-week showdown becomes a de facto NFC West title game.
Each has a difficult, but winnable game in Week 16. Seattle will host the Cardinals, and Pete Carroll’s team is a 9.5-point favorite. Similarly, the 49ers will host the Rams, and San Francisco is a 6.5-point favorite.
The Seahawks are now in first place in the NFC. They can clinch the division with a win over the 49ers in Week 17.
Two Seahawks wins and one Saints loss = the Seahawks have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs.
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) December 16, 2019
Divisional games are never guaranteed, but there is still a high likelihood that Week 17’s Seahawks-49ers matchup turns into the season’s most important regular season contest.
What’s the Best Bet?
San Francisco got off to a strong start, but as mentioned prior, they’ve dropped three of their last six. They’ve been simply a .500 team for a significant chunk late in the year.
Across from them is a Seattle team that is full of veterans and players that have been in vital game after vital game. The Seahawks experience, as well as their advantage at quarterback, is a big reason that they are the best bet right here.
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