Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers, Levi’s Stadium, 8:15 PM, ESPN (49ers -6, O/U: 46.5)
Russell Wilson will continue his road to the Super Bowl amidst an MVP race while having the Seahawks in prime position to take over the NFC West with a win against the 49ers tonight. Wilson has been the main reason this team is still 7-2 with his abilities to create more time for broken plays and his pinpoint accuracy when scrambling despite being a half a foot or more shorter than most all of the linemen on the field directly in front of him. He boasts a ridiculous 68% completions while only throwing 1 pick for the 22 TD’s he has under his belt to pair with his 2,505 yards. Locket has been his top and clear favorite receiver who has 59 catches for 767 yards and 6 TD’s. Rookie stud DK Metcalf has been a real surprise being second on the team in receiving (29 catches, 525 yards and 5 TD’s). The offense has a running game that can help exploit defenses again as Chris Carson has piled up 764 yards on 175 carries while also adding 3 scores. Every game has seemed like a shootout though given that the defense isn’t what it used to be even with Bobby Wagner leading the way.
Jimmy G is coming into this one missing his top receiver George Kittle as he is listed out for his knee injury that made him leave last Thursday’s game early before returning noticeably in pain. The 49ers will rely on rookie Deebo Samuel and Marquise Goodwin to absorb the targets given to Kittle in spite of the fact that their combined season targets (48) still don’t add up to the 57 Kittle saw. The 49ers will more than likely turn the offensive focus to the run game that helped them early on in the season with the 3 headed monster of Breida/Coleman/Mostert. Breida leads the tandem with 99 carries for 524 yards but Coleman leads in rushing scores with 5 and Mostert leads them all in average yards per rush (5.58). Combined they have rushed the ball 237 time for 1,186 yards (5 yards per carry) and 7 TD’s. The defense has been the turnaround story of the year as they only generated 2 interceptions all of 2018 and this year they have a combined 10 interceptions with 2 of them being returned for TD’s. Nick Bosa has been a monster, providing an outside rush similar to his brothers and the best in the league, recording 7 sacks and a forced fumble.
This will be an excellent game to watch as we see a back-alley brawl between the top 2 NFC West teams. The difference maker is Kittle not being available for this one and the fact that Wilson and the Seahawks travel very well and have proven themselves big time road warriors over the years. Take the Seahawks to cover and win outright in the under, Seahawks 24-20.