Thursday Night Football Preview: Seahawks vs 49ers
Two teams coming into week seven on a short week but on much different situations. Coming off of a win, the Seahawks defense proved yet again that it’s here to stay while Russell Wilson continues to get just a little bit better each game. The 49ers on the other hand, were beat down by the Giants in a revenge match up. To say that the team struggled on both sides of the ball, would be an understatement. Will they bounce back against the Seahawks or will Seattle continue soaring to the top of their division? Lets kick off week seven!
The most interesting stat coming into week seven is that Russell Wilson has a winning record, yet he has yet to complete 20 passes in a game. Wilson’s game will only get better.His receivers have also shown up this season. BREAKING NEWS: Sidney Rice isn’t hurt yet! He has helped out Wilson a ton so far as he leads the team in receptions and yards. Marshawn Lynch will be the battering ram to help the Seahawks control the tempo of the game.If he can get anything going against the tough 49ers defense, it should help keep San Francisco on their toes. If Rice is shut down, and Lynch can’t get anything done, look for Golden Tate to come through for the team. This third year receiver is starting to come into his own this season, and has all but taken over as the number two receiver in Seattle over preseason sleeper Doug Baldwin, who has been unimpressive thus far. Seahawks sleeper for this game is tight end Zach Miller. After not doing anything last season, he has been decent this year given expectations. Miller is second on the team in receptions, and he could see more this game if the Seahawks are down Thursday night.
San Francisco Preview
Alex Smith will be looking to bounce back after an awful performance against the Giants in week six.He may not be the best start though as The 49ers will look to run the ball early and often this game though. Not to mention Colin Kaepernick continues to see more and more playing time and they could try and use him more this week to try and trick Seattle. Between Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter and Anthony Dixon, there is no reason they can’t force the run. Many think that the Seahawk defense is tough, which it is, but just last week the Patriots used their running backs in many different roles somewhat effectively which are less talented, and don’t have as good of an offensive line as the 49ers.The receivers might have a tough day against the Seattle secondary. However San Francisco has so many good targets now, they can just spread the ball around.Michael Crabtree is leading the team in receptions, and should be started every week in PPR leagues. Vernon Davis seems like he has had a down year so far, but should continue to be started in all fantasy leagues. A sleeper play for the 49ers would be wide receiver(s) Kyle Williams and/or Randy Moss. With so many other pass catchers on the team, these two are easily forgotten, which allows them to make bigger plays when nobody expects it. Williams or Moss could have a home run play at any moment.
Final Prediction: One would think that this will be a defensive game given that these are two of the top defenses in the league.But so far this year the NFL has once again proved that anything is possible each week. Look for the 49ers to establish the run right off, then start passing when the Seahawks least expect it. That may be the only way to slow down the High power Seattle pass rush.
Seahawks-10 49ers– 23
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