With the San Francisco 49ers (3-6) trying once again to muster their first winning streak of the 2015 season, it won’t be easy as they face a very tough Seattle Seahawks (4-5) squad. Two teams who have been struggling this season, it’s the 49ers who will have the tall task of defeating the reigning NFC Champion Seahawks on the road.
A task easier said than done, as the 49ers try and rally behind QB Blaine Gabbert, it will be up to Gabbert to remain, calm, cool, and collected both inside and outside the pocket. Aside from Gabbert not losing the game for the 49ers as he tries to game-manage the outcome, it will be interesting to see how their running game shapes up as plenty of new faces will be coming out of the backfield. From RB Shaun Draughn to newly signed RB Travaris Cadet, both players should be activated on Sunday as second-year RB Carlos Hyde has been ruled out for the game.
Both players are solid in open-space but the 49ers will need that and more especially between the tackles. If the 49ers are unable to generate a respectable rushing attack that could bode disaster for head coach Jim Tomsula and company, as the Seahawks will then make them one-dimensional.
With the 49ers trying to do their part on offense, it will be up to their defense to keep the game close. A unit that ranks No. 25 in the NFL, it will be up to the goons up front to impose their will down in the trenches as they two-gap their way to success.
DE Quinton Dial, DE Glenn Dorsey, DE Arik Armstead, and NT Ian Williams provide one of the best defensive rotations in football so expect them to make life easier for their linebackers as the Seahawks will surely use a heavy-dose of RB Marshawn Lynch.
If the 49ers front can somehow contain Lynch at CenturyLink Field, that should then help out a struggling secondary. Led by CB Tramaine Brock who has three interceptions on the season, he will have the tall task of preventing the deep ball as the team loves to use WR Jermaine Kearse on those deep-posts and corner routes.
With the 49ers trying to field their first road win, I don’t foresee that happening this week, as I predict the Seahawks to win in convincing fashion 34-10.
Sakamoto: 29-12 (Over/Under)
With the total points set at 39.5, I would slightly take the over. A game in which I foresee a defensive struggle early on, it will be the Seahawks who turn it on offensively in the second and third quarters.
Sakamoto: 23-18 (ATS)
With the 49ers being -12.5 point underdogs, I would eat the points and take the Seahawks.
Fantasy Football (44/128)
As you know we select three players each game who we think will score touchdowns (quarterbacks omitted). Here are this week’s picks.
WR Jermaine Kearse
TE Jimmy Graham
WR Tyler Lockett
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