Usually when football teams have a rivalry, its based on an event, or a match-up of quarterbacks, or or even a fight for the rights of a city or region. Rivalries are usually based on more than just being in the same division
The rivaly between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks have none of that. The quarterbacks have been in commercials together, and aren’t all that great to warrant a “rivalry” besides the fact that they both run and throw. San Francisco and Seattle have a whole state in between them, so it’s not a fight for a city or region. The rivalry between the teams seems to only be fueled by the coaches in the last three years, Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll. It’s been a coaching rivalry since Carroll and Harbaugh met at the “What’s Your Deal” Bowl of 2009 when Carroll’s USC team was soundly beaten by Harbaugh’s Stanford.
But really, what kind of rivalry is that for NFL teams? All it means is that once one coach (or both, considering how these coaches follow each other around sniffing butts) moves on, the rivalry is done for.
At least we’ll have a few more years of Harbaugh throwing tantrums that make 5 year-olds cringe, and Carroll hugging everyone in sight…except for Jim Harbaugh.
So let’s look at the lines and picks, as well as some more absurd over/under lines that should be taken up by Vegas.
Line: Seattle -3.5 Pick: Seattle
Over/Under Points: 40 Pick: Under
Over/Under Times Jim Harbaugh launches into a tatrum: 3 Pick: Over
Over/Under flags thrown for unnecessary roughness and/or unsportsmanlike conduct: 12 Pick: Over
Over/Under Times flags sway the game: 3 Pick: Under. We only remember “the one.”
Over/Under Punches thrown by the coaches: 5 Pick: Under