The San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks are going to meet up on Thursday Night Football this week, and the winner of the game will be 5-2 and in first place all by themselves for the time being in the NFC West.
Seattle knows that it is going to have to do the virtually impossible to win this game. The squad is coming off of a major emotional win against the New England Patriots, and now it has to go against one of the most ferocious defenses in the NFL on a short week on the road when they are coming off of their worst loss under their current head coach. QB Russell Wilson was able to lead his team to victory against the Pats, but this is a significantly greater challenge than the one that he was presented with last week from a defensive standpoint. RB Marshawn Lynch continues to be a monster, and he has 549 yards on the ground this year, but he knows that he is going to have to do even more just to be able to get past some of the best linebackers that the NFL has to offer.
The 49ers dropped their second game of the year last week, and that loss to the New York Giants was definitely one to be forgotten. The offense sputtered the entire game, and many thought that it was the worst game that the defense had played under Head Coach Jim Harbaugh. LB Patrick Willis was called out in the media, having played such a disastrous game from start to finish, and the team knows that it has to be able to overcome that if it wants to succeed at this level for the second straight year. QB Alex Smith is coming off of a terrible game as well, as he threw for just 200 yards with three picks and no scores, and if that keeps up, it is going to be tough to not make a quarterback change and give a chance to QB Collin Kaepernick, who has been in the lineup more and more as the weeks have gone by. The ground game also only accounted for a total of 80 yards against the Giants, and obviously, more than that is going to be required to get back atop the NFC West once again.
This is a whole heck of a lot of points to be giving the Seahawks in this one. There is a good chance that the Niners end up winning this game, but it is really difficult to beat Seattle by more than a touchdown regardless of the venue. Remember that last year, both games really should have finished as two-point games if not for the fact that Ted Ginn Jr. went off for a kick return and a punt return for a touchdown in the final four minutes of the soiree. San Francisco 24 – Seattle 20