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4:05 PM EST. Boy oh boy would it ever be easy to make a case for the Seahawks here. For one, Seattle is 8-5 and unless they lose out, they are going to the playoffs. Even if they lose out, they could still make it at 8-8 but the point is that they’re a playoff team that is peaking with four wins in a row capped off by Monday’s prime time win over the Vikings. Furthermore, Seattle hosted the 49ers just two weeks ago and barely broke a sweat in murdering them, 43-16. Why would this one be any different? How about we ask the Jets, who lost to Buffalo 41-10 just three weeks prior to beating them last week. You see, players and coaches resent getting whacked, especially to a division rival and it’s not like the Seahawks are some powerhouse team that can run over others. No, the Seahawks are a .500 football team that is blessed, as every bounce, break and call usually goes in their favor.
Seattle beat Minnesota last week 21-7 but were outgained. The offense was stuck in neutral the entire game. Two weeks ago was that aforementioned blowout win over these 49ers but three weeks ago, this blessed squad marched into Carolina, got dominated on the stat sheet but came out smelling like roses again in a 30-27 undeserving win. The Seahawks have morphed into a run-first team. They are the only "run most" offense in the NFL and everything they do makes it difficult to understand how they win. Last week for instance, Wilson only accounted for 10 completions and 72 passing yards. Against San Francisco two weeks ago, Wilson threw for a pedestrian 163 yards and the 49ers outgained Seattle in the air, 386 to 163 and overall, 452-331. However, Seattle won the turnover battle, 3-0. Complacent from winning and from putting a beatdown on these 49ers very recently, the Seahawks have the Chiefs on deck next week in Seattle and may show up in body only here. On its sharpest day, Seattle is beatable and we highly doubt it’ll be sharp for this one.
Nick Mullens threw for 332 yards and two scores on the Broncos last week and 414 yards and two touchdowns in Seattle two weeks ago. He's scored in all five starts and appears to getting more comfortable with each passing quarter. However, at 3-10 and completely out of the playoff discussion, the 49ers are being overlooked and forgotten. They shouldn’t be and we’re the beneficiaries. This is a well-coached team that had a lot of things go wrong this year. They can score, they can move the chains and they’re not going to be playing conservative football. The 49ers are playing this game to win and if the statistics, minus the turnovers, are anything like the last time these two played in Seattle two weeks ago, the 49ers will be on the right end of the outcome. Great spot, great number and we’re calling the dog outright. Well, sort of. We'll take the points.
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