It’s that time of the week again NFL fans, it’s Thursday Night Football, and it certainly doesn’t look to disappoint. The Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers very publically hate each other and this matchup never seems to fail. However, neither team has started the season how they would’ve hoped, but don’t let that trick you into thinking this game will be a snoozer. The Seahawks are sitting at 2-4 following back-to-back devastating losses to undefeated teams, one of those coming at home. The Seahawks offense has failed to perform as it should consistently, not only game-to-game but quarter-to-quarter. Furthermore, the defense has given up a 9+ point lead in the 4th quarter in their last two losses. The 49ers haven’t been any better.
They are also 2-4 but are coming off their first win since Week 1. Colin Kaepernick has received a lot of criticism this season, but the last 2 games have seen him vastly improve his game, he has thrown for 602 yards with 4 touchdowns and no interceptions. The defense isn’t what it used to be, but it isn’t bad.
Three Keys to the Game:
- Seattle’s offense.
The Seahawks defense has received a lot of criticism for its failure to hold a lead the last two weeks, however, people don’t seem to realize that the offense has totaled 3 points over their last two 4th quarters. They haven’t moved the ball, putting the defense on the field for a long time. The offense needs to get going and stay that way throughout the game.
- Colin Kaepernick
Colin Kaepernick has been awful against the Seahawks in his career. He is 1-5 against the Seahawks and he averages 160.2 passing yards a game, he’s thrown 3 touchdown passes compared to 9 interceptions and he’s also lost 2 fumbles. He needs to play like he did against the Ravens last week and the Giants the week before, or better, for the 49ers to win.
- San Francisco’s offensive line
In order for Kaepernick to have a good game, two things need to happen; the 49ers must get their running game going and Kaepernick has to have time in the pocket. Both of these things rely on the ‘9ers o-line. As a group, they haven’t been great this year, but they need to win the battle in the trenches to come out of this game with a win.
Match-up to watch: The 49ers receivers against the Legion of Boom
The Legion of Boom has been the anchor of one of the most celebrated defenses in recent history, but this season they seem to be lacking that special something. This was highlighted last week following Greg Olson’s game-winning touchdown reception, as Earl Thomas and Richard Sherman went at each other after Olson was left wide open. The week before, Andy Dalton picked on Kam Chancellor and won. Torrey Smith and Anquan Boldin need to make the most of the apparent shortcomings in the Legion of Boom and break this game open.
This matchup is always incredibly tough to call, especially now as both teams seem to be struggling. However, the Seahawks team has more talent, top to bottom, than the 49ers. Furthermore, I trust the Seahawks to make key plays more than I trust the 49ers. I think it will be a slugfest, but the Seahawks will come out on top 17-10.
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