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Khris Middleton

Money Line odds (As of Nov. 8)

Seahawks: 3.20
49ers: 1.34


A rivalry that had gone dormant for a few years is now expected to erupt again on Monday, when the Seattle Seahawks go into San Francisco to face the red-hot 49ers in prime time.

The NFC West foes reached peak disdain for each other in 2013, when they faced off in the conference championships. Seattle prevailed that week and went on to win the Super Bowl, following up their title with four playoff appearances in the next five years while the 49ers fell into the abyss: five straight seasons out of the playoffs.

Things have changed in 2019, and that’s putting it mildly.

The 49ers are now 8-0 through the first half of this season. They’re the only team remaining with a perfect record – with odds of 15.00 at PlayNow.com to go 16-0 this season – and have vaulted to the top of the NFC West standings.

They’ve been dominant on defence, allowing only 12.8 points per game. Only the New England Patriots have allowed fewer points per game. Their defence has allowed only 138.1 yards passing per game, with 10 interceptions compared to only seven touchdowns given up to opposing teams. And their defence is among the league leaders in quarterback sacks.

The Seahawks, meanwhile, have pushed themselves to a 7-2 start to the season thanks largely to the play of quarterback Russell Wilson.

As of Friday at PlayNow.com, the Seahawks were 6.5-point underdogs on the road versus the 49ers, with money line odds of 3.20 to win. It will – given how stingy the 49ers defence has been and how much better Seattle’s defence needs to be in the second half of the year – likely take nothing short of an MVP effort from Wilson if the Seahawks are going to prevail.

At the age of 30, Wilson is actually having his best season, which says something given he’s been to two Super Bowls and won his first appearance as a second-year starter. With 22 touchdown passes and only one interception through nine weeks, Wilson has gone from relative long-shot to win the NFL regular season MVP to the current favourite, with odds of 3.70 at PlayNow.com on Friday.

The Seahawks have been poor against the spread at home this season, but much better on the road, going 3-1-0 against the spread so far this season.

Monday’s matchup could also impact the odds to win the NFC West Division.

The 49ers currently have the best odds to win the division – 1.32 at PlayNow.com as of Friday. Bettors have been largely backing San Francisco to finish first in the NFC West, with 51.4 per cent share of money wagered on the 49ers in that market.

Remember, their odds to win the division were 7.00 back in April. They have been steadily on the move ever since, dipping below 2.00 in mid-October and staying there ever since with the Seahawks in the trail position and the L.A. Rams falling to third in the division.

The 49ers’ Super Bowl odds have also experienced a significant shift since the start of the season.

Back in September when the season started, the 49ers’ odds of winning the Super Bowl were 30.00 at PlayNow.com. When Week 10 started on Thursday, those odds stood at 7.00.

Only the Patriots and New Orleans Saints have better odds.

Bettors, however, aren’t necessarily on the 49ers bandwagon to win it all. Only 2.23 per cent of money is on Jimmy Garoppolo and company to win the Super Bowl, while 5.2 per cent is on the Seahawks.

This marks the first meeting of the season between these two teams.

After a few quiet years, football fans on both sides have likely had this Monday Night Football showdown marked on their calendars for weeks.

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