This Thursday’s game is a battle between division rivals and two of the better defenses in the league as the Seahawks go into San Francisco to take on the 49ers. Both teams currently sit at 4-2 and the winner takes the lead in the very competitive NFC West. The two teams are coming off completely different games entering this one. The Seahawks had an emotional win at home defeating the Patriots at home in the game’s final minutes. On the other hand, the 49ers were looking to avenge last year’s NFC Championship game against the Giants and that didn’t work out very well. The Giants went in their building and dominated for all 60 minutes.
Russell Wilson had the best game of his young career last week and it will be tough to replicate against a stingy 49ers defense. If Wilson wants to have success throwing the ball, his best bet is to get Marshawn Lynch touches early and often. Lynch is more effective when he gets more carries as his running style tires the opposing defenses. The run will also set up the play action pass where Wilson has shown success throwing the deep ball.
Last week on offense was a very uncharacteristic performance for Alex Smith. Chances are there won’t be too many games where he is throwing three interceptions. Look for him to also establish the run early and often with Frank Gore and Kendall Hunter. The Seahawks secondary is one of if not the best in the NFL so Smith would be start to get Vernon Davis involved often. Last week the Giants did an excellent job of taking Davis out of the game but the 49ers have to get him the ball if they want a successful passing attack.
This game should be a defensive struggle which will be a nice changeup to all of the scoring that has happened through the first six weeks. Regardless of how poised Wilson is for a rookie, it is very tough to pick him going up against a top tier defense on the road during a short week.
Prediction: Seahawks 16 49ers(-7.5) 17