Not many teams had a worse month of August than the Seattle Seahawks. Head coach Pete Carroll mercilessly purged the team of veterans — half the opening day roster didn’t play here last year. Legendary offensive line coach Alex Gibbs quit last week, leaving behind an injury riddled unit that features only three players that were on the team at the start of training camp six weeks ago.
The Seahawks didn’t find a full time feature back in August, despite putting loads of time and energy in developing their running game. QB Matt Hasselbeck looked old and tentative, a shell of the Super Bowl quarterback that he was just a few years back. This is not a team poised to win many games right now, and an opening day matchup against the 49ers looks like an extremely tough test for this last place contender.
San Fran is the real deal, a ‘hyped’ team in August for good reason. Following a decade of mediocrity, the 49ers returned to respectability in 2009, and are poised to take the next step in 2010. Mike Singletary had them ready to go out of camp last year, covering the spread by a whopping 50.5 points on their way to a 3-1 SU, 4-0 ATS start, including a road win to open the season as underdogs at Arizona. With a full year of starting experience under his belt, look for QB Alex Smith to finally show his capabilities here, leading the 49ers to a relatively comfortable victory. 2* Take San Francisco. Be sure to check out Ted Sevransky’s expert NFL football betting picks at Sportsmemo.com