Niners Don’t Need Tank Job To Lose To Seahawks

NFL: San Francisco 49ers at Seattle Seahawks

Are the San Francisco 49ers dead and buried? We think so, because that’s the only way to explain the completely heartless, gutless effort they put in last week against the Oakland Raiders. It is very unusual that rumors would be flowing about Jim Harbaugh possibly taking over the permanent head-coaching post in Oakland next season, and even being amenable to a tentative deal to take that job, if it was made, and bringing his team out onto the field without any kind of a game plan. Make no mistake about it; the Niners’ coaching staff tanked against the Raiders, but they may not need to have tanking on their mind to get beat from one end of the field to the other against the Seattle Seahawks, who limited the Philadelphia Eagles to just 139 total yards last week, in what was a stunning defensive performance. Between these two quarterbacks, Russell Wilson is the one who has learned to stay in the pocket and throw, running when he gets the opportunity. He is by far the best on his feet out of all the NFL signal-callers, while Colin Kaepernick is demonstrating that he is not much better than ordinary when it comes to being a dropback quarterback. In this 4:25 PM ET start, Seattle is rightfully a 9.5-point favorite in the NFL odds at America’s Bookie.

San Diego Chargers had a 14-3 lead against the New England Patriots last week, and could not take advantage of it. So they are now two games behind the Denver Broncos in the AFC West standings, and if they lose their 4:05 PM ET meeting on Sunday, they will probably find themselves among a pack of teams contending for wild-card spots. Denver’s Peyton Manning faced rough and tumble Buffalo defense last week, and not only failed without a touchdown pass the first time in 52 games, but also had his lowest passer rating since 2008. The Chargers’ defense should be a little more inviting. The Broncos are five-point favorites in the NFL betting odds as they are posted at America’s Bookie.

The loser in the game between the New York Jets and the Tennessee Titans on Sunday may wind up with the inside track on the #1 pick in the draft. That’s the way it is without a lottery system in place, as the speculation surrounds whether either of these teams would consider picking a quarterback. But they are probably of different mindsets when it comes to their signal like the color of the future. The Jets are allowing Geno Smith to demonstrate that he deserves a job next year, while the Titans seem to be exhibiting more patience with Zach Mettenberger, who has the size and the arm to be an NFL starter, and just needs to deal with opposing pass rushers better. Jets coach Rex Ryan, who has already been given his walking papers in the New York media, will certainly have a number of imaginative blitzes cooked up for the rookie. The Jets have had near-misses in the last two weeks against Miami and Minnesota, and they are laying three points in the NFL odds at America’s Bookie in this 4:05 PM ET start.

The team that beat the Jets last week, the Minnesota Vikings, have already exceeded last year’s win total. Can they go up to Ford Field and beat the Detroit Lions? This is a challenge for rookie quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, who was intercepted three times when these clubs met back on October 12. Detroit, which has scored 34 points in consecutive games, looks like it has an offense that is rounding into form. Matthew Stafford has completed 60of 79 passes the last two contests. Look out for the Lions, who are 7.5-point favorites in the NFL odds as they have been established this week at America’s Bookie.

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