Seattle (2-4) at San Francisco (2-4)
When: Thursday, October 22nd 2015
Where: Levi’s Stadium, Santa Clara, CA
Time: 8:25 ET | TV: CBS
The Seattle Seahawks look to get back on track after blowing the last two games with fourth quarter leads. Tonight, they travel to bitter rival San Francisco to take on the 49ers. The Seahawks have dropped two straight games, blowing a 17-point fourth-quarter lead in an overtime defeat at Cincinnati before allowing two late TDs in last week’s 27-23 setback versus Carolina. Seattle is still very much in the NFC West race with Arizona losing two games now, but they have to start putting teams away. They should be able to get a lead tonight against the 49ers and we’ll see how they fare in the 4th quarter where they’ve been outscored 48-9 in the last five games. TE Jimmy Graham finally had a good game for Seattle last week with 8 catches for 140 yards. Marshawn Lynch came back from a two game injury absence to rush for 54 yards on 7 carries. The Seattle secondary needs to start covering the tight ends better. In the last two weeks they’ve allowed 15 catches for 221 yards and three touchdowns to just tight ends alone.
San Francisco broke a 4-game losing streak last week by beating the Ravens 25-20. Colin Kaepernick is coming off his best game of the season, throwing for 340 yards and 2 touchdowns, but he has struggled against the Seahawks with only 3 TD’s to 9 interceptions. He has a 1-5 record in his career against the Seahawks. Two of Kaepernick’s top weapons are hurting – leading rusher Carlos Hyde is dealing with a foot injury while veteran wide receiver Anquan Boldin is nursing an ailing hamstring after registering consecutive 100-yard games the past two weeks. San Francisco’s pass defense has been especially vulnerable, ranking last in the league with 306.2 yards allowed per game. Despite Kaepernick’s big game last week, the 49ers are still ranked 29th in the NFL in passing offense and will be tested tonight.
Kaepernick’s performance last week hasn’t convinced me that he’s back. It really only proves that the Ravens are worse than we think. Seattle is a far superior team than San Francisco and they’ll prove it tonight. We won’t see another 4th quarter collapse. Seattle rolls.
Pick: Seahawks -6.5