There are a lot of close divisional playoff races going on, but none more neck and neck than the NFC West. There is no denying that much like a high-profile horse race, this 2019 NFL season has had all the makings of an exhilarating thrill ride that will likely end in a photo finish. With more states making sports betting legal in the US, you can guarantee someone got in on the 49ers and Seahawks early-season prop bets and are clutching their ticket tightly down the final stretch. Sportsbetting is quickly becoming one of the hottest trends, with sportsbooks are offering signup deals and free bets in the USA, making future prop bets like one on the 49ers a popular offseason wager.
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With wins against teams like the Buccaneers, Bengals, and Browns, the underdog colt out of Santa Clara would jump out to a commanding lead.
During the first half of this season, this surprising start out of the gates by the 49ers could best be credited to the highly publicized defense line. With Robert Saleh orchestrating the defense, players like DeForest Buckner and new additions, Dee Ford and Nick Bosa, the 49ers defense would go all out as they tallied 26 sacks in the first eight weeks of the season. Once the 49ers could smell playoff contention, they moved quick to add Super Bowl-winning wide receiver, Emmanuel Sanders. It would be an investment that would immediately pay dividends.
As the season grew longer, the competition became tougher. With losses to the Seahawks and the Ravens by a combined six points, the 49ers went from the first seed to the fifth seed. With their backs up against the wall, Jimmy Garoppolo led the 49ers to New Orleans for a high-profile match against the Saints. In what could only be described as a battle in the bayou, the 49ers and the Saints would go blow for blow that would be highlighted by George Kittle’s unrelenting runs after the catch and Emmanuel Sanders tallying the most receiving yards by a 49ers wideout since Anquan Boldin in 2013.
While Drew Brees looked like the Brees of old, the 49ers would need to rally behind masterful play-calling from Kyle Shanahan. With that play-calling being perfectly executed by Garoppolo, after a combined 981 yards of total offense the 49ers would defeat the Saints 48-46. While this victory would slingshot the 49ers back from the fifth seed to the first seed, they would be helped even further when the Rams would defeat the Seahawks on Sunday Night Football.
As the 49ers look to make that final turn with a head of steam, this is the farthest thing from a dead track. Regaining the number one seed, the once preseason underdogs, that had +450 odds to win the NFC West look as battle-tested as ever. All determination aside, the 49ers will still need to win-out to hold-off some very talented teams in the NFC as well as the NFC West. On top of that, the 49ers are now dealing with losing their center to a season-ending injury and their mouthpiece of the defensive side of the ball, Richard Sherman is expected to miss a few weeks with a grade-2 hamstring strain. Clearly, the goal of winning the West along with the number one seed is easier said than done.
While the 49ers will have games against the Falcons and the Rams, with each passing stride, they control their destiny. As they approach that finish-line though, it is the Seahawks who represent the dead-heat and photo finish that NFL fans have been clamoring for. At the end of this, behind the arm of Jimmy Garoppolo, the prognosticators and handicappers will be ripping-up their tickets as the 49ers will win the West and will sit as the number one seed in the NFC. Once the playoffs begin, the 49ers will be in a whole new race. While the field will be stacked, this is a race that the 49ers have as good of a chance as anyone to be the winner that takes it all.