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The Seattle Seahawks finally lost to the San Francisco 49ers for the first time since 2013, but unlike when both teams were Super Bowl contenders in 2013, Seattle is likely headed to the playoffs in 2018, whereas the 49ers have long been eliminated. This was one of the worst losses of the Russell Wilson era, but hardly a season-ender.
Anyway, FanPulse results are in, and I guess losing to a bad team will drop the confidence polling a bit. Seahawks fans tumbled from 89% down to 72%, although I suppose a lot of respondents are interpreting this question in different ways.
With the 49ers on a two-game winning streak and having finally beaten the Seahawks again, we’ve reached the point where 49ers fan confidence is actually higher than Seattle, jumping from 62% to 76%. What the hell is going on out there?
Obviously 49ers fans assume that they’re just a few players — some of whom are on the roster and injured like Jimmy Garoppolo and Jerick McKinnon — from being legitimate playoff contenders and actually better than the Seahawks. They’re suddenly happy with their outlook for 2019.
Moving onto this week’s opponent, the Kansas City Chiefs, they’re also coming off a loss, and their confidence polling has dipped from 95% to 85%, the lowest it has been all seaon for one of the NFL’s best teams.
However, the average margin of scoreline for this Sunday Night Football showdown sees both fanbases agreeing that the Chiefs will win. Seahawks fans’ responses averaged out to a -1 spread, while the Chiefs went for +5.