The Seattle Seahawks may be playing at home again on Sunday, but the experts are forecasting a 3.5-point defeat. Seattle and the San Francisco 49ers will face off in an NFC West battle at 8:20 p.m. ET at CenturyLink Field.
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Coming off of a loss in a game they were expected to win, the Seahawks now face the more daunting task of proving themselves against unfavorable odds.
It looks like the Seahawks must have gotten on Santa's naughty list since the team didn't end up with the win they were expected to receive last week. They came up short against the Arizona Cardinals, falling 27-13. No one had a big game offensively for Seattle, but QB Russell Wilson led the way with one touchdown.
Meanwhile, it was close, but San Francisco ultimately received the gift of a 34-31 victory from a begrudging Los Angeles squad last week. Like Seattle, San Francisco didn't have any clear offensive standouts, but they got scores from a handful of players including WR Deebo Samuel, MLB Fred Warner, and RB Raheem Mostert.
The Seahawks are now 11-4 while the 49ers sit at 12-3. A pair of offensive stats to keep an eye on: The Seahawks enter the matchup with 138.3 rushing yards per game on average, good for third best in the league. San Francisco has displayed some offensive firepower of their own as they come into the contest boasting the most rushing touchdowns in the NFL at 20. We'll find out if either of these strengths ends up making the difference in the game.
It is finally here, the showdown of the season. The most anticipated game for weeks now, the Seattle Seahawks will host the San Francisco 49ers for a battle of division supremacy. The stakes couldn’t be higher, as everything from the No. 1 seed to a wild card is still on the table for either team.
Both the Seahawks and the 49ers are seeking a long-sought-after division crown, which has eluded these organizations for several years now. The infamous rivalry between these two teams is at the best it has been since both met in the NFC Championship in the 2013 season.
The Seahawks already defeated the Niners on “Monday Night Football” earlier this season in perhaps the game of the year. Seattle outlasted San Francisco in a wild, back and forth showdown which lasted until the very final second of overtime. The Seahawks managed to escape with a 27-24 win, but circumstances are wildly different now.
The biggest concern is the health of both squads. When these two played earlier this year, San Francisco was hurting on offense. Superstar tight end George Kittle – who transforms both the passing and ground game with his blocking skills – was out. Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders left the contest early and both tackles were shaky in their first start back from extended time missed due to injuries.
Now it is the Seahawks who are fielding a team of the walking wounded. Left tackle Duane Brown and wide receiver Malik Tuner will be inactive. Defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and corner Shaquill Griffin are slated to play, but both have missed the last two games with nagging injuries.
Also, the Seahawks are down their first, second and third-string running backs, prompting them to sign 33-year-old Marshawn Lynch back to the roster.