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Seahawks slightly favored over 49ers ahead of pivotal Week 8 showdown

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The Seattle Seahawks have a big home game coming up against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. A win and Seattle remains in 1st place in the NFC West, while a loss could see them drop down to 3rd should the Los Angeles Rams beat the Miami Dolphins, immediately undoing their great start to the season.

Coming into this game, the Seahawks have lost four straight divisional matchups and were blown out in two of them. Against the 49ers, they were one yard short of winning the NFC West and instead had to take the long route to the Super Bowl and failed. This Sunday is a chance at revenge and not springing another leak in the boat.

According to Sports Betting Dime, Seattle is holding steady at -2.5 to -3 over the 49ers. It’s standard in NFL gambling that the home team basically gets an automatic 3-point advantage in terms of the spread. On the straight moneyline they’re getting around -144 to -152, which converts to about 60% probability. If we just use -150 as an example, if you bet $100 on the Seahawks to win straight-up on the moneyline at -150, then a victory gets you $66.67 in winnings.

The over/under is set at 53.5, which feels about right considering the lowest point total for a Seahawks game this season is exactly 53. If the Seahawks offense and defense play to their usual levels, then we may see the “over” bet cash in by the 3rd quarter.

By the way, I’d just like to share two amazing gambling stories that show the thrill of winning money and the heartbreak of narrowly losing out on the top prize.

Last week’s Philadelphia Eagles comeback over the New York Giants turned this man’s apparent last $100 into $46.3k thanks to the game-winning touchdown by Boston Scott. In fact virtually everything that he needed to hit in his parlay after the Carson Wentz rushing touchdown occurred in the 4th quarter. His reaction was priceless.

Now for the unfortunate bit from the world of Daily Fantasy. Poor Rob Huntze of St. Louis thought he won $1 million in a DraftKings contest, only for the Jared Goff “sack” late in the Los Angeles Rams-Chicago Bears game on Monday to be stat corrected to a running play after the fact.

A sack that had been credited to the Bears’ defense late in the fourth quarter was changed to a running play, a 3-yard loss by Rams quarterback Jared Goff. That 3-yard loss dropped Huntze into a tie for sixth place with 18 other entries, and his prize money dropped from $1 million to $3,078.94.

“Heartbreaking on many levels,” a resigned Huntze told ESPN on Tuesday.

The play in question occurred with three minutes left in the fourth quarter. On third down, Goff faked a handoff to the right side and bootlegged back to the left. Bears linebacker James Vaughters didn’t bite on the fake and teamed with defensive tackle Akiem Hicks to bring Goff down 3 yards behind the line of scrimmage.

That hurts. And you think you’re pissed when you lose a regular ol’ fantasy football game due to a stat correction, this is one of the costlier ones I think I’ve ever seen.

As always, if you do gamble then do so responsibly and wisely. If you’re in the state of Washington... I’m sorry the rules there are so strict. I bet you that the laws will continue to be loosened in due time.