Seahawks vs. 49ers: Biggest Thursday Night Game of the Season

By Chris Quest
October 18, 2012 2:52 pm
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49ers DThe Seahawks are going to Candlestick to face the division rival San Francisco 49ers, with the second-ranked rush defense in the league. The 49ers will welcome them however, with their second-ranked pass defense.

Two division foes are due for battle, with two of the best defenses in the league. They are in a three-way tie atop the NFC West along with Arizona at 4-2.

The Seahawks squeaked out a win last week, while the 49ers were embarrassed at home.

Seattle played the underdog card, facing the New England Patriots and their high-powered offense. However, with the help of the 12th man and Russell Wilson's three touchdown passes, they were able to secure a one point victory over the Patriots.

San Francisco found themselves blind-sided by the team who killed the Super Bowl dream of just a season ago, the New York Giants. Eli Manning seemingly has the 49ers' number in Candlestick. The Giants ran away early and never let up.

With the NFC West being the only division in football with three teams over .500, this is shaping up to be an exciting finish all the way through. Although there is a three-way tie for first place, the Rams are only one game back at 3-3. Each game from here on out, especially those in the division, will have a major impact on the way the season of each team plays out.

Seattle needs a big win. A loss would sit them three games back in the division, having already fell to both the Cardinals and the Rams. Winning in Candlestick won't be an easy task, no matter how Eli may have made it look.

As I stated earlier, the 49ers have the second best pass defense in the NFL. Russell Wilson, has only thrown for three touchdowns just once in his young career (last week). The Seahawks have the 26th ranked passing attack in the NFL. When comparing the rankings, that puts them at a major disadvantage. I think it may be safe to expect a takeaway or two in favor of San Francisco.

On the flip-side of things, the biggest battle of the day is between the Seahawks' second ranked rush defense, who only allows opponents 70.0 yards, and the running backs of the 49ers who rush for a league best 176.8 yards per game.

Expect San Francisco to test their wits against the Seahawk defenders. Even with success in the running game, the 49ers will look for a balanced attack, which may prove to be a bit much for Seattle.

After facing overwhelming defeat at the hands of the Giants last week, I expect the 49ers to revamp and make it a long night for Seattle. Also, San Francisco hasn't loss back to back games at home since 2008.

Although a loss for the Seahawks would be a crushing blow, I doubt that they will leave San Francisco with the W.

My Prediction: San Francisco 24, Seattle 9

 

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2 years ago
S/o to both of these west coast teams. I actually hate the 49ers but I'm sure they'll win.
2 years ago
Definitely was a defensive battle. Not as high a score as you projected though.
2 years ago
Great defensive game. These teams will be consistently over 500 for awhile because of the coaching and defenses.
2 years ago
is it possible that the Seahawks have played their best football already? Only time will tell but with such parity in the NFC it may be fair to say that the Seahawks are peaking in the middle of the season.
2 years ago
Looks like your prediction was just off. But this was a great game. I think Russell Wilson will have his year. It just won't quite be this year.
2 years ago
The 49ers look good on paper but will slowly crumble. The only team to look as good, but isn't is the Ravens. That's because their entire team is on IR. Frisco sucks.
2 years ago

I agree. The Saints should've won that game last year. We slaughtered the Giants in the regular season and would've beat New England too.
2 years ago

I agree. The Saints should've beat them last year in the playoffs. We slaughtered the Giants and we definitely would have beat New England.
2 years ago
Can't just say a team sucks w/out substantiating.
2 years ago
The Seahawks have surprised the world this year. They're better than the 8-8 team that shocked the Saints a couple of years back.

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