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Week 12 is finally here! Last week saw some crazy games happening around the league, and even the Thursday game got pretty crazy! This week the 49ers have a tough challenge with the Seattle Seahawks! How do we think the game will go? Read on and find out!
Zach Pratt (@Mezachp) (8-3)
PREDICTION: Seattle 31, San Francisco 10
Will Cuberos (@wcuberos) (5-6)
I hate the Seahawks, I mean it, I hate them. The only thing worse then the Seahawks are their fans; a group of people that discovered the NFL in 2012 and believe their team is the second coming of Lombardi’s Packers. That’s why this week is so painful! This was our season to win in Seattle, we had Jimmy G, a hot team with a chance at the playoffs, and a Seattle team that was stubbornly refusing to admit they were in a rebuild. Instead we have the exact opposite. The 49ers head to the Pacific Northwest to take on the Seattle Seahawks and the number one rushing attack in the NFL this Sunday. The Niners don’t do many things well on defense, but luckily the one thing they do very well is stop the run. The Niners bring the number 10 rushing defense into CenturyLink Field this week in hopes of stopping Seattle at home. Both of these teams are run first/pass second offenses in an era where that’s going out of style. If the 49ers can keep this a low scoring game and grind out the clock they have a chance at forcing an upset on the road, a lot is riding on Nick Mullens this week as plays in the quietest stadium that pipes in crowd noise. He’ll be without Pierre Garçon and Marquise Goodwin for the second straight week, so Matt Breida and George Kittle will have to shoulder the offense again. Unfortunately, I don’t think it’ll be enough to knock off the neon warriors at home and we’ll see the Niners take another step towards the first pick in the 2019 draft. If during the broadcast you see a guy in a gold 49ers starter jacket with a 1,000 yard stare, it’s a good chance that’s me contemplating why I decided to go to this game.
PREDICTION: Seahawks 27 49ers 13
Bret Rumbeck (@brumbeck) (5-6)
A few years ago, my friend John asked where my raging despise of the Seattle Seahawks came from.
"You didn't care about this team before. What's the deal?"
I'll tell you the deal. Here's a franchise that became somewhat relevant a few years ago, with a fairweather, fan base that has the football IQ of a youth football special teams coach. I once asked a 12 when the team was going to get an offensive line.
"We don't need one. We have Russell Wilson and Richard Sherman."
Further, 12's have no institutional knowledge of the franchise. Ask any of them the following question:
What was the name of the Seattle Seahawk who served as a Congressman from Oklahoma?
Not one of these 12's will know it. In fact, they'll just scream at you because that's how shallow the franchise and fanbase is. To them, football is about being loud and dressing like the Hulk. I really hope Marvel sues SeaHulk one day for gross copyright infringement, forcing him to live under a bridge for the rest of his life.
Anyway, I'm hopeful the R Bar in Boise will provide us with Hamm's beer after the 49ers lose on Sunday afternoon.
PREDICTION: Seattle 33 San Francisco 14
Travis Hawkins (@TDHawk21) (7-4)
This game features two teams that use the run as their primary method of moving the ball on offense.The Seahawks rank first in the NFL in rushing attempts and yards per game (31.9 attempts and 147.1 yards), while the 49ers rank 10th in rushing attempts and 5th in yards per game (27.9 and 134.9). On defense stopping the run is what the 49ers do best, ranking in the top 10 for fewest yards allowed per game and per carry (102.7 and 4.0). Seattle’s run defense gives up an NFL worst 5.3 yards per carry, so on paper this looks like a matchup that the 49ers could exploit, but games aren’t played on paper; Sunday’s game will be played on the turf at CentruryLink Field in Seattle. The 49ers have not won at CenturyLink Field since 2011 and I am afraid they’ll have to wait until 2019 to break the streak.
PREDICTION: Seattle 20 49ers 10
Matthew Barr (@MattBarr_) (6-5)
Seattle comes in as one of the hottest teams in football. San Francisco is ice cold. The 49ers haven’t won in Seattle since 2011. That won’t change this week. Seattle by a country mile.
PREDICTION: Seahawks 34, 49ers 13
Travis Rapp (@Coach_RappCity) (6-5)
Early in the game Uncle Sherm makes good on his talk and picks off Wilson and Breida breaks a TD run giving them an early lead, but that only lasts til the following kickoff. Both passing games are unable to top 200 yards. Both teams produce 100 yard runners. Seahawks complete more red zone drives, giving them the win.
PREDICTION: 13-24 SF Loses
Max Carlson (@MrFrizzleFry) (7-3-1)
I wish I had some insightfully optimistic things to say to convince myself that the 49ers will win this game, but I don’t.
The 49ers haven’t won in Seattle since the invention of the television, and now they look to reverse their misfortunes with their top two WRs likely out, and their franchise Quarterback recovering from a season ending ACL injury.
Seattle is beatable on the ground, so the 49ers will look to lean on Matt Breida, but will it be enough? I’m not betting on it. The Seahawks are rolling right now, and this team isn’t equipped to stop them - yet.
Enjoy it, Seattle. Things are changing next year.
PREDICTION: Seattle 31, San Francisco 20
Matt Woolsey (@AresGodFF) (5-6)
The Seachickens how I hate thee let me count the ways. Russell Wilson, Pete Carroll, the 12, the colors, the legion of boom, everything about you. I hate that you have beat us time and time again and more than likely will win tomorrow.
But our time is coming and there will be a reckoning coming your way. Not today, not tomorrow, but soon. Your days are numbered.
PREDICTION: Seachickens win 30-17
Shelly Holt (@HoltBlogSports) (8-3)
It may be a losing season for the 49ers, but I will never count our team totally out of any game. There is still a lot of talent, guts and will to win here despite the injury issues. So, it was shocking to me how terrible they played in Tampa Bay last week. We can probably chock it up (at least partially) to the Reuben Foster debacle. But, I still remain #Faithful that San Francisco is capable of pulling an upset against any team. Do I think that will happen on Sunday versus the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field? Well, no. Seattle can smell the playoffs and they will fight for their chance. History is against the Niners not having won a road game in Seattle since 2011. It will be so loud that our rookie quarterback will likely be rattled. And, then there is Russell Wilson and his toys with a reinforced offensive line to surpass. Too much adversity against a better team tells me Seattle wins this outright by at least 10 points.
PREDICTION: 49ers 13, Seahawks 27
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