Sunday NFL Preview: 49ers at Seahawks

NFL Nov 01, 2020

In what projects to be a close and fairly high scoring game, the Seahawks (5-1) look to remain perfect at home. On the flip side of that coin, San Francisco (4-3) has yet to lose on the road but will face their toughest away test at CenturyLink Field.

Russell Wilson leads perhaps the most explosive offense in the NFL which has carried a Seattle team that struggles to stop anything on defense. Seattle has not scored fewer than 27 points in any game this year but has also surrendered over 30 points three times. The fact that the Seahawks are 2-1 in those games shows how dynamic their offense has been.

Meanwhile, San Francisco is starting to figure it out and enters the game winners of two straight. The 49ers are led by a defense that has overcome injuries and lackluster play earlier in the year, along with an improved Jimmy Garoppolo under center. However, their running back room is in a constant shuffle due to injuries and the offense does not possess the firepower to keep up with Seattle in a shootout.

The Seahawks have their own injury concerns as lead running back Chris Carson could miss the game with a foot sprain. His primary backup Carlos Hyde is also dealing with a hamstring injury, however early indications are Hyde’s injury may not be as serious.

In their last loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 5, San Francisco allowed Ryan Fitzpatrick to light up their pass defense to the tune of 350 yards and three touchdowns for a near perfect 154.5 QB rating.

Russell Wilson is a far greater talent who throws what could be the best deep ball in the NFL. On the other end of those bombs are Tyler Lockett and DK Metcalf, one of the most elite wide receiver tandems in professional football.

Seattle, currently a 3-point favourite, simply has too many weapons and should be able to shred the 49ers defense.  I like them to cover in a competitive and exciting NFC West match-up.

Prediction: Seahawks  31 – 24  San Francisco

-- by Tyler Robinson


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