49ers vs Seahawks Live: The San Francisco 49ers look to seize control of the NFC West on Monday Night Football when they host the Seattle Seahawks.Monday night will be an important night for the offense with three key players returning Football from injury. The 49ers have that Super Bowl swagger. San Francisco very much looks the part of the only unbeaten team remaining in the NFL. The 49ers’ hold on the top of the NFC and NFC West standings can strengthen greatly with a win over the Seahawks on Monday Night Football.
The Seahawks (7-2), second in the division, are just 1.5 games out in the race for the division title, while the Niners (8-0) have the inside track for the top seed in the conference, with New Orleans being their biggest threat with one loss.
Kickoff from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara is set for 8:15 p.m. ET. San Francisco, the league’s last unbeaten team, is a 6.5-point favorite in the latest 49ers vs. Seahawks odds, while the over-under for total points scored is 47.5. Before making any Seahawks vs. 49ers picks of your own, you need to see the NFL predictions from the SportsLine Projection Model.
Unlike the Bills, last week the Minnesota Vikings found themselves unable to make up a game on their division rivals. While the Packers fell to the Chargers, Minnesota lost a heartbreaking game to the Kansas City Chiefs on a last-second field goal. The Vikings have been looking to prove themselves as one of the league’s top teams, but losses like the one to Kansas City (with a quarterback who spent the preseason coaching, not playing, football) have cast doubts on the team. Perhaps part of that can be blamed on playing in Arrowhead Stadium, an intimidating road environment that once broke the record for crowd noise.
However, it’s those sorts of environments where quarterback Kirk Cousins most wants to pull out a win. Said Cousins: “If you’re going to be a playoff team, you have to beat tough teams in tough environments.” This week, the Vikings head to another tough place to play, the Cowboys’ infamous and affectionately named Jerry World. The road game against a division leader will have some extra intensity, said Minnesota tight end Kyle Rudolph: “Not only is it against America’s team, but it’s a team that will be right there come December in the NFC playoff picture.”
The Cowboys are atop the NFC East, but just barely: the second-place Eagles have the same number of wins but one more loss. Dallas will need to continue to keep pace with Philadelphia, otherwise they’ll slip into the wild card battle similar to the one facing the Vikings. For his part, Cowboys wide receiver Randall Cobb is taking it one game at a time: “Honestly, I didn’t know who we were playing this week until I looked at the schedule. We’ve got a lot of games left in the season … consistency will be the key for us.” Dallas is looking for its third straight win later today.
The Buffalo Bills had the double pleasure of winning last Sunday while seeing their division rival lose to the Baltimore Ravens. This week, the Patriots are on a bye, meaning the Bills have yet another chance to gain some ground in the standings. At 6-2 (with the Patriots at 8-1), Buffalo is already in a good spot for a wildcard playoff berth. However, it’s known the team wants a division crown.
Linebacker Lorenzo Alexander says: “I think Buffalo still has that perception nationally … of still being that same team that didn’t make the playoffs for 17 years. If we continue stacking wins, eventually that changes.”
Regardless of whether they can catch the Patriots for the AFC East lead, Bills players think it’s time people take notice of their team. Buffalo safety Micah Hyde told reporters: “If we’re being overlooked … it is what is … we’re going to try and fight and compete and win football games.”
The Bills will face a Browns team that is struggling mightily compared to their preseason expectations. The team that graced the cover of Sports Illustrated NFL preview edition with the title “The Browns are Back” has fallen to 2-6 on the year. Things are looking grim for Cleveland, and any fun to be had is diminished by the mounting losses. For example, Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield played last Sunday with a full handlebar mustache but shaved it off postgame. When asked why, a downtrodden Mayfield admitted: “I was undefeated before Sunday with the handlebar mustache so I shaved it off because I didn’t deserve it.”
San Francisco (8-0) could be without their most consistent pass-catching weapon on Monday night. George Kittle is listed as doubtful for the game because of ankle and knee injuries. Kittle leads the 49ers with 46 receptions and 541 receiving yards this season. Emmanuel Sanders is in a good position to see a bump in targets. Sanders is now in his third week with the offense and seems to be fitting right in, with 14 catches in his first two games.