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