Week 12 SEA vs. SF Game Day Thoughts
The Seattle Seahawks just dropped another game at home but can get back on track against their division rivals, the San Francisco 49ers
The Seattle Seahawks just dropped another game at home but can get back on track against their division rivals, the San Francisco 49ers. It hasn’t really been a true rivalry in recent seasons but the 49ers did play them tough in their last matchup, losing by a fourth quarter touchdown 13–10.
At 1–9, these 49ers might be the “happiest” one win team in recent memory. Injuries have depleted their already talent-barren roster, which has been both both good and bad as they’ve been pleasantly surprised with the promise of their rookie class. They acquired their potential answer at quarterback via trade with Jimmy Garappolo but have announced rookie C.J. Beathard as the starter for this game.
Beathard is coming off a career performance last week against the New York Giants. The way I see it, 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan wants to send a message to his locker room that good play will be rewarded. Perhaps by letting Beathard start, he can accomplish both…Start Beathard because of his recent play but if the game gets out of control, switch to Garoppolo. With only a couple games left in the season, the 49ers need to see what they have at the position.
There’s no other way around it for the 49ers’ defense. The Seahawks just don’t have a real run game between their platoon of running backs as quarterback Russell Wilson is the Seahawks’ offense. Wilson leads the team with 396 rushing yards while running back Chris Carson is second with 208 rushing yards — but he’s been out since Week 4.
In their last matchup, the 49ers did an excellent job containing Wilson with three sacks and 10 hits in Week 2. Can they replicate the pressure? 49ers’ rookie linebacker Reuben Foster, who was hurt at the time, will be healthy and ready for the assignment. Foster has led the team in tackles the last two games as a full-time starter.
While the Seahawks’ defense has taken a toll in this season with injuries to corner back Richard Sherman, safety Kam Chancellor, and edge rusher Cliff Avril, the 49ers have turned the ball over nine times the last four games. In comparison, the Seahawks’ defense has six takeaways in that same span.
The 49ers are struggling mightily along the interior of the offensive line with guard Laken Tomlinson as the weakest link. If I’m Seattle, I’m moving Michael Bennett and Shelden Richardson all over the line to exploit this matchup.
For the fourth game in a row, the 49ers will be forced to plug another defensive back at free safety with Jimmie Ward (arm), Jaquiski Tartt (arm), and Adrian Colbert (hand) all out with arm injuries— I can’t even make this up. Dexter McCoil will likely get the assignment to pair with Eric Reid while rookie cornerback Ahkello Witherspoon will start alongside Dontae Johnson. Make no mistake, this is a very inexperienced secondary. Wilson should take advantage of this with his go to guys in wide receiver Doug Baldwin and tight end Jimmy Graham.
The Seahawks outclass the 49ers but they surely haven’t been playing their brand of football the last couple weeks. 49ers’ Beathard holds the ball too long so if the Seahawks can get to him and force turnovers, the rest should take care of itself. I think the 49ers will give them a good fight early on but eventually you’ll be seeing the debut of Garoppolo sooner than later.
Seahawks -7 O/U 45
Prediction: Seahawks 27 49ers 13