The San Francisco 49ers host the Seattle Seahawks this Sunday in a much-anticipated NFC West matchup. Even though the Seahawks wiped the floor with San Fran in Week 2, and even though they thumped the New Orleans Saints Monday Night, the 49ers are currently three point favorites. This means two things: 1) the 49ers are still respected, at least by those willing to put money on an outcome, and 2) the Seahawks have not garnered the appreciation they have desired. This could easily work to the Seahawks’ advantage.
Both squads like being the underdog. With San Francisco getting some benefit of the doubt this week, do not be surprised if Seattle comes in and defeats the 49ers at Candlestick Park. Would it be sad? Yes, but it would not be surprising. Even though the teams have split home-and-home for the past two years, this home field advantage trade-off will have to come to an end sooner or later. With the way the Seahawks have been playing, they could easily end it this week.
Would that, however, be bad for San Francisco? Not really. Assuming the Philadelphia Eagles lose another game—which they should—and the 49ers win out—which they should, including a victory over the Arizona Cardinals—the 49ers would have the sixth seed in the NFC playoffs. This would come with a Divisional Round trip to Seattle. It is one thing to beat a team once, even twice. It is quite another to beat a team three times in the same year. Losing to Seattle this week might, in all actuality, make it more likely for the 49ers to beat a Seahawks team in CenturyLink Field in January.