In what used to be one of the most anticipated match-ups in the NFL schedule, the 2-4 Seattle Seahawks will visit the 2-4 San Francisco 49ers this Thursday night. Both teams are battling to get out of the NFC West basement after dominating the entire league just a few short seasons ago. Despite the standings, a game between these two division rivals is still a blood match worth watching. The point spread is currently favoring the Seahawks at -6.5. Check out the rest of the best picks against the spread in Week 7.
Thursday Night Football: Seattle Seahawks at San Francisco 49ers
Point Spread: Seattle -6.5 Over/under: 42.5 Date: Thursday, October 22 8:25pm ET Location:Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
The Seahawks have struggled to score this season, which is in large part to Marshawn Lynch being out of the line up for two consecutive weeks. Lynch rushed for a pedestrian 59 yards against the Panthers defense and may have another tough game facing San Fran’s similarly tough run defense. With the running game hobbled, Seattle needs Russell Wilson to get in a rhythm with some quick timing routes. Get tight end Jimmy Graham involved again and they could finally get their offense jump started.
The Seahawks have seen their defensive prowess decline this season, but facing the 49ers gives Seattle the chance to dominate once again. San Fran’s offensive line has struggled to give Colin Kaepernick time to find anyone open or to give running back Carlos Hyde a glimpse of daylight. The front four of Seattle’s defense will need to hit Kaepernick early and often to rattle his confidence. Without a few quarterback hits, the 49ers could find their stride as they have the past few weeks.
San Francisco 49ers
Early in the season, the 6.5 underdog 49ers defense looked solid, but has since regressed. Overall, they’re ranked 31st giving up 306 yards per game through the air and over 100 on the ground. While they’re facing a one-dimensional team in the Seahawks, they’ll need to contain Lynch who has had a week to knock the rust off after returning from injury. If San Fran’s front four can dominate the line of scrimmage, they’ll continue to make Wilson the most sacked quarterback in the league.
San Francisco’s offense has shown signs of life the last two weeks but face a stingy Seattle defense. While the ground game has been less than impressive, Kaepernick has had two solid games, finally finding his receivers downfield. Anquan Boldin managed five catches for 102 yards and Torrey Smith had three for 96 yards and a touchdown. Finding a way to work behind a weak offensive line will be key when facing a talented Seattle pass rush.
Thursday Night Football Prediction
Seattle has blown 4th quarter leads in each of their four losses on the season and have yet to win on the road. While these numbers are distressing as they head to Santa Clara to face the 49ers, they’re still the better team. For the 49ers, their quest to stop the bleeding on a rough season won’t get any easier on this week’s installment of Thursday Night Football.