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Seahawks vs 49ers Betting Props: Comeback Kids to Steal the Show

The prospects of division rivals Seattle and San Francisco meeting in the playoffs is not that far-fetched, even though it last happened in 2014. However, having Seahawks quarterback Geno Smith and 49ers running back Christian McCaffrey set to play key roles is quite the turn of events.

It wasn’t even certain that Smith would get the starting job with the Seahawks after longtime starter Russell Wilson was traded to Denver while McCaffrey began the season with the Carolina Panthers before being traded to San Francisco. Now the sportsbook lists him as the front-runner to lead the NFL in rushing yards in the playoffs as he is priced at +450.

Tashaun Gipson Sr. #31 of the San Francisco 49ers celebrates an interception during the third quarter of the game against the Arizona Cardinals
Tashaun Gipson Sr. #31 of the San Francisco 49ers / Ezra Shaw - Getty Images - AFP

Two of the top candidates for the NFL Comeback Player of the Year Award will be front and center when the teams square off on Saturday at 4;30 p.m. ET in the first of six wild-card games.

The NFL betting lines list the 49ers as 10-point favorites with the 42-point total the second-lowest of the wild-card games.

Below, we have four proposition bets ahead of this matchup between the NFC West rival, highlighting some key players in both camps. Examine latest NFL news, injury reports and stats to help with NFL predictions and picks.

Let’s check the latest NFL odds, stats, injury reports, and NFL lines. We’ve plenty of Vegas NFL odds for NFL Wild Card Playoffs Games.

NFL: Seahawks vs 49ers Props

  • Kenneth Walker to Score The First Touchdown +900
  • Christian McCaffrey to score at least two touchdowns +275
  • Geno Smith 32½ passing attempts O/U -120/-110
  • Deebo Samuel 42½ receiving yards OU -110/-120

Rookie Ready to Rumble

One surprising aspect of Kenneth Walker’s 2022 season, one that could result in him winning the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year, is that he scored the first touchdown in a game as many times as reserve tight end Colby Parkinson.

With Seattle, the heavy underdog against a San Francisco team that takes a 10-game winning streak into Saturday’s game, don’t be surprised to see the Seahawks try to establish the run to keep the 49er offense on the sidelines for as long as possible.

Going with Walker to score the first touchdown is a solid bet with a price of +900. He is also listed by the sportsbook at +155 to score a touchdown and that trails the 49ers trio of Christian McCaffrey (-180), George Kittle (+120), and Deebo Samuel (+140).

Pick: Kenneth Walker to Score The First Touchdown +900

McCaffrey To Hit Pay Dirt

Christian McCaffrey hasn’t appeared in a playoff game since his rookie season. In two of the next four campaigns, he didn’t even make it through the season.

He had a touchdown catch in his only other NFL postseason game. Nobody can blame him for being a little greedy and eyeing a pair of scores against the Seahawks.

McCaffrey scored at least one touchdown in each of his last five games, and in the 11 games since being acquired by the 49ers, twice he had at least two touchdowns.

He could be a security blanket with San Francisco starting rookie quarterback Brock Purdy at quarterback.

  • Pick: Christian McCaffrey to score at least two TDs (+275)

Geno Eager for Playoff Debut

If McCaffrey is fired up to be back in the postseason, one has to wonder what Seattle quarterback Geno Smith is feeling right now.

Smith played for three different teams in his first eight NFL seasons and never got to play in the postseason. That will change this weekend.

Smith has been one of the biggest surprises of the 2022 NFL season as he threw for 4,000 yards and is listed by the Las Vegas odds as one of the front-runners in the Comeback Player of the Year odds.

There are multiple options. First, for Smith to throw for more than 228.5 yards is priced at +115 and it is -145 for him to go under that total. He had 197 and 238 passing yards in the two games against the San Francisco 49ers.

The better choice might be the 32½ passing attempts as he is -120 to go over and -110 to go under. He threw the ball 44 times the last time the Seahawks faced the 49ers.

  • Pick: Geno Smith to throw more than 32½ passes (-120)

Deebo Being Undervalued

My, how the expectations have fallen for San Francisco’s jack of all trades.

Deebo Samuel was the talk of the NFL a season ago when he had five 100-yard receiving games and finished with 1,405 yards through the air and another 365 on the ground. He had at least 50 receiving yards 13 times in 16 games.

It has been a different deal in 2022. An injury-shortened season has resulted in Samuel having just one 100-yard receiving game. In his last two games, he has a total of 63 yards on six catches. That has resulted in a lower-than-anticipated number of 42½ receiving yards for the matchup with the Seahawks. He barely got over that number in his lone game versus Seattle this season with 44 yards on five catches in Week 2.

  • Pick: Deebo Samuel to go over 42½ yards (-110)

The odds and predictions in the article are based on the time of writing and publication. They may differ as to when the actual event takes place.

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