Monday Night Football: Week 10 Preview, SEA at SF

The NFC West is about too put on a show for us tonight on Monday Night Football. Week 10 of MNF has the Seahawks traveling to face the undefeated 49ers. This game is going to be nuts and I think that we’re all going to have fun watching this Monday Night Football game tonight!

Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers

Levi’s Stadium

Santa Clara, CA

Betting

First of all, I LOVE this Seahawks +6 (-115) line tonight on MNF. The Seahawks (+200) only loses were an early-season stunner to the Saints and to the #1 ranked offense Ravens a few weeks ago. The only reason the spread is so big is because the 49ers (-240) are undefeated. The 49ers have arguably the top defense in all of football as they only allow 12 points and 272 yards per game. But, the Seahawks are one of the most prolific offenses in football as they average over 27 points and nearly 400 yards per game. The 49ers will face their 1st (!) real test of the season tonight and I can see this game verging on becoming a shootout (OVER 47.5 at -105).

Injuries

Let’s start with the big injury to note for this game: George Kittle. The superstar TE is doubtful to play after attempting to play through a nasty knee injury he suffered last week. Without their top option on offense, the 49ers will have to feature the running game (like they always do) even more tonight. But, Kittle isn’t the only man hurting for the 49ers. Both offensive tackles, Joe Staley and Mike McGlinchey, are questionable alongside RB Raheem Mostert. One thing you don’t want to have is backups trying to protect your franchise QB from Jadeveon Clowney. Also, kicker Robbie Gould is doubtful to play which leaves the 49ers with Chase McLaughlin handling kicking duties.

George Kittle via Chipermc for Monday Night Football in Week 10
George Kittle via Chipermc

The Seahawks enter Monday Night Football with a grand total of, checks notes, ZERO injuries!

49ers Offense vs. Seahawks Defense

The elephant in the room is that the 49ers are more likely than not going to have to play without their best player, George Kittle. Without Kittle, Emmanuel Sanders is now the go-to man for targets from Jimmy Garoppolo with the other young receivers getting a few targets here and there. I like the chances of Deebo Samuel being the biggest beneficiary of the Kittle loss even though Ross Dwelley essentially took all of the playing time when Kittle left the field. But, let’s not forget, this is a running team first and foremost. With the elements in the backfield, Tevin Coleman (Fire), Matt Breida (Wind), Raheem Mostert (Water), and Jeff Wilson Jr. (Earth) the 49ers can simply exchange runners in the backfield and remain successful. 

Jimmy Garoppolo via Lan Kim for Monday Night Football in Week 10
Jimmy Garoppolo via Lan Kim

If the Seahawks want to stay in this game, they’ll need to improve on defense. So far this season, Bobby Wagner and K.J. Wright have essentially been their entire defense. That is simply not going to cut it as they need both Jadeveon Clowney and Ziggy Ansah to steps their games up. If there is one thing that Jimmy Garoppolo struggles with, it’s throwing under pressure. The aforementioned d-lineman need to get in the face of Jimmy G and force some errant throws.

Bobby Wagner via Mike Morris for Monday Night Football in Week 10
Bobby Wagner via Mike Morris

Seahawks Offense vs. 49ers Defense

Russell Wilson is one of the few players in the NFL that can say they are legitimate contenders for the MVP this season. Wilson has only thrown 1 INT and has tossed 22 touchdowns to prove that he is one of the best in the world at what he does. When Wilson passes, he is damn near perfect when targeting Tyler Lockett, per Field Yates of ESPN. Not to be outdone, DK Metcalf has emerged as Wilsons’ favorite red-zone target as he has caught 3 touchdowns in the last 2 games. And if that wasn’t enough, the Seahawks added fantasy football GM’s favorite player, Josh Gordon to the receiving corps! He’ll likely eat into the targets of Jaron Brown and David Moore but I don’t suspect him to play a ton of snaps in his first game as a Seahawk. Of course, we can’t talk about the Seahawks without mentioned top-10 running back Chris Carson. Seeking to become a 1,000+ yard rusher for the 2nd straight year, Carson is averaging 85 yards per game on the ground. Unfortunately for him, he’ll be running into the 49ers defense that barely allows 100 yards on the ground per game.

Russell Wilson via Larry Maurer for Monday Night Football in Week 10
Russell Wilson via Larry Maurer

No one can pass on the 49ers. The San Francisco 49ers only allow 169 passing yards per game which is by far the best in the NFL. Richard Sherman is once again showing us why he was once a top-tier corner in the NFL… when he played for the Seahawks. That’s right, we have a revenge game factor tonight! He’s going to have his hands full tonight and will need the outstanding d-line to contain the potential NFL on the other side of the ball. With 4(!) players with over 4 sacks on the season, the 49ers are known to disrupt the passer. Wilson will be running for his life early and often in this game.

Prediction

Seahawks: 24

49ers: 27

Guaranteed Touchdown Scorer: Chris Carson

Dart Throw Touchdown Scorer: Deebo Samuel

Conclusion

Who do you have winning this great game on Monday Night Football tonight? Are the 49ers going to remain undefeated? Let me know in the comments below! Also, check out the shop and other content by clicking here.

-Mitchell Seefeldt

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