The NFL is set up with another great week of action on Sunday. Twelve games will be up on the board throughout Sunday. One of these games will be between the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks. These two teams are in a tight division and will look to earn a big win. This game will kick off at around 4:25 PM Eastern time on November 1.
San Francisco has earned a record of 4-3 on the new season, which has them in fourth place of the NFC West. The 49ers have gotten back to above .500, but are still in last place of a very competitive division. San Francisco could get a big boost in the division if they can earn a win on the road in this one. I expect the 49ers to earn a big win on the road.
The Seahawks have put up a record of 5-1 throughout the season, which has them in first place of the NFC West. Seattle has been dominant throughout the season, but only have a half a game lead on the Los Angeles Rams and the Arizona Cardinals. The Seahawks are coming off their first loss of the season and will look to bounce back in this one.
These two teams are doing really well, but are stuck in a very competitive division. These divisional matchups matter a lot when it is this close. This will be the first time these two teams meet up this season. I expect the 49ers and the Seahawks try to set the pace early to earn the win on Sunday. If either team can grab an early lead, it could be enough to earn a big win.
The Seahawks and the 49ers met up twice throughout last season. The first meeting was in San Francisco in Week 10. Jimmy Garoppolo had a touchdown pass and DeForest Buckner had a fumble return touchdown. The Seahawks had a passing touchdown, rushing touchdown and defensive touchdown. Jason Myers kicked the game winner in overtime to give Seattle a 27-24 on the road.
The second meeting of the season series was in Seattle. Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes, while Marshawn Lynch had a touchdown rush. It was not enough for the Seahawks though. Raheem Mostert had two rushing touchdowns, while Deebo Samuel rushed for another touchdown. San Francisco was able to hold off a late Seattle push for a 26-21 win.
The 49ers met up with the New England Patriots on the road last week. The Patriots were held to two field goals on the day as San Francisco’s defense dominated. Jeff Wilson had three rushing touchdowns, while Kyle Juszcyzk had another rushing touchdown. The 49ers were able to walk all over New England for an impressive 33-6 win on the road.
Seattle faced off against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday Night Football. Russell Wilson threw three touchdown passes and had the Seahawks up by 10 points with six minutes left in the fourth Quarter. Kyler Murray had three passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown though to help tie up the game. Zane Gonzalez tied up the game as time expired and kicked the game winner to give Arizona a 37-34 win.
Jimmy Garoppolo is the starting Quarterback for the 49ers this season. Garoppolo struggled with an injury early in the season, but has since gotten back in the swing of things. He has thrown for 1012 yards, 7 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. Last week, Garoppolo went 20-25 for 277 yards and 2 interceptions. The 49ers will need him to improve in this one.
Seattle has Russell Wilson as their starting QB. Wilson is having an MVP Caliber season and will look to keep it up. Wilson has thrown for 1890 yards, 22 touchdowns and 6 interceptions this season. Last week, Wilson went 33-50 for 388 yards, 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Wilson will look to bounce back after a tough performance in the loss.
These two Quarterbacks are coming off tough games in the previous matchup. The Seahawks have the edge though with Wilson under center. San Francisco relied heavily on the running game last week and if Seattle can for the 49ers to pass, it could give them a serious edge. I expect Wilson to bounce back after a tough week to knock off San Francisco.
Offense vs Defense
San Francisco has been around middle of the league in offensive production so far this season. The 49ers have scored 181 points and gained 2678 yards of offense, which is 16th and 12th in the league this season. San Francisco’s defense has continued their dominance from a season ago though. The 49ers have allowed 136 points and 2167 yards, which are both 5th in the NFL.
The Seahawks have been clicking on offense throughout this season. Seattle has been able to score 203 points and gain 2551 yards, which are both 1st in the entire NFL. The Seahawks have not been nearly as good on defense though. Seattle has allowed opposing teams to score 172 points and gain 2875 yards of offense, which is 24th and 32nd in the NFL.
This game will be a classic battle of offense vs defense as the Seahawks offense has been lethal, while the 49ers defense is no joke. If either can break through on each other, it should be enough for the win. San Francisco could get their offense going though as they meet up with a struggling Seattle defense. If the Seahawks defense can step up though, it could be enough to give their offense the edge.
Seattle and San Francisco come into this game both fighting for the top spot in the division. The Seahawks are coming off a tough loss to the Cardinals in Week 7 and I believe that Wilson will bounce back after a tough performance. Seattle has a strong offense this season and I believe they will be able to break through on San Francisco’s defense.
BetOnline has the Seahawks listed as a -3 against the spread on Sunday afternoon. This gives a small edge to Seattle at home, which I agree with. I believe that this will be a much tougher road game for San Francisco, which I think will go in the Seahawks favor. If Seattle can slow down the 49ers defense in this one, they should be able to earn the win.