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National Football league action on Sunday afternoon and a pair of teams from the NFC West will square off as the San Francisco 49ers grapple with the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington. This is the first meeting between these teams this year.
The Niners enter this contest off a 27-9 loss at Tampa Bay, while the Seahawks are off a 30-27 road win over the Panthers.
Offense A No-Show Against The Bucs
The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have one of the worst defenses in the league, but the San Francisco 49ers were not able to take advantage of that last week in a 27-9 road loss. The offense has been struggling as the Niners have now averaged just 1.2 ppg over their last five games. San Fran is out of the playoff picture as they have gone 2-9 on the year, including a dismal 0-6 on the road. Their two wins this year have been against Detroit and Oakland, who are a combined 6-16 so far. It has been another lost season for the 49ers and after they had so much hope coming into the year.
Back to the loss to the Bucs. The Niners were able to put up 342 yards of total offense, including 148 yards on the ground, but they also had two costly turnovers, were sacked four times and committed eight penalties. It’s hard to win with numbers like that. Nick Mullens threw for 221 yards with a TD but also had two INts. He has now thrown for 733 yards with five TDs and four INts on the year. Matt Breida has had a solid season as he has rushed for 738 yards and three TDs on the year, including 106 yards against the Bucs last week. He could have a nice game against Seattle’s 22nd ranked run defense. The Niners are 24th in passing, 5th in rushing and 20th in scoring at 20.7 ppg. On defense, they are 17th against the pass 10th against the run and 27th in points allowed at 26.6 ppg.
Seahawks Look To Avoid Big Upset
Just like in the AFC, the NFC has a bunch of teams that are at 6-5, 6-4-1 or 5-6 and at this point, 6-5 would make the postseason in the NFC. TYhe Seattle Seahawks are one of those teams sitting at 6-5 on the year and that means that they cannot afford to lose this game to the lowly 49ers. The wildcard is the only way they can reach the postseason this year as the ‘Hawks will not catch the Rams, who are at 10-1. Seattle comes in off a huge 30-27 road win over the Carolina Panthers and they have now won their last two games in a row. Can they avoid the upset bug in this one? We shall see.
Seattle has been led by their ground attack this year, which is tops in the league as they are churning out 147.1 ypg rushing so far. The Seahawks have three players have rushed for at least 304 yards on the year and they have been led by Chris Carson, who has 635 yards and four TDs. He may have a tough time in this one as the Niners are 10th in the league against the run. Russel Wilson has had a solid season as he has thrown for 2531 yards with 25 TDs and just five INTs, while also rushing for 231 yards. Having a strong ground attack has helped out Wilson immensely. The Seahawks are 26th in passing and 13th in scoring at 25.1 ppg. On defense, they check in at 14th against the pass and 22nd against the run, while allowing 22.1 ppg, which is 9th in the league. The run defense allowed the Panthers 220 yards last week and could have a tough time against San Francisco’s 5th ranked ground attack.
- The Under is 6-2 in their last 8 vs. a team with a losing record
- 3-9-1 ATS in their last 13 games after allowing more than 250 yards passing in their previous game
San Francisco is:
- 5-1 ATS in their last 6 games in December
- The Under is 6-1 in their last 7 games in Week 1