SEAHAWKS (4-2) at 49ERS (4-2)

49ers by 7; O/U: 37 1/2

TV: NFL Network. Radio: WFAN (660).


I always thought of San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh and his 49ers as a throwback team.

But the old-school Niners suffered an old-fashioned, butt-whooping last week thanks to the Giants, who showed they're still the team to beat in the NFC.

I got an email from Shane Kinder, from Othello, Wash., who said I should give his beloved Seahawks some respect, especially after they rallied from a 13-point, fourth-quarter deficit vs. the Patriots last week.

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All right, Kinder, here you go: Congrats to you and your Seagulls (not heartfelt since I had the Pats). But there's some hope for you against what should be an angry San Fran squad: Underdogs are 57-32-2 (64 percent) against the spread (ATS) this season, and road 'dogs are 35-21-2 (63 percent) ATS.

That said, the home team has won 15 of the last 19 Thursday night games. Alex Smith and the Niners should rebound here.

The pick: 49ers