Suddenly, because Arizona lost, the NFC West race is wide-open. Two of the biggest rivals in all of the NFL, Seattle and San Francisco, meet in the night-cap game on Thanksgiving Day in a contest that could go a long way in adding some clarity to the NFC West race.
Seattle’s defense has found its groove again after a few tough losses earlier in the season while San Francisco’s defense has been rock solid as well lately. The winner of this game may all but eliminate the loser from a division title.
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Matchup: Seattle Seahawks vs San Francisco 49ers
Date: Nov. 27, 2014
Start Time: 8:30 p.m. ET
Location: Santa Clara, California
Stadium: Levi’s Stadium
TV Info: NBC
Streaming Info: NBCsports.com
Radio: Seattle Vs San Francisco
Point Spread: PK
Game Total: 40
Analyzing The Thanksgiving Day Seattle at San Francisco Online Football Betting Odds
Seattle is the team that handed Arizona only its second loss of the season. It was a brilliant game by the Seattle defense, which held the Cardinals to 204 total yards. Seattle’s rush defense was close to awe-inspiring since it held the Cardinals to only 64 yards on the ground from 20 carries. That’s a 3.2 average.
Overall, the Seahawks have one of the best defenses in all of football. Seattle allows teams to rush for only 88.4 yards per game. That ranks the Seattle D sixth against the rush. Opponents throw for only 208.5 yards, ranking Seattle’s D third against the pass, and the ‘Hawks’ defense allows only 296.8 total yards per game. That ranks Seattle first in the NFL in yards allowed per matchup. Teams score less than 20 points on average against the Seahawks.
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) November 25, 2014
Offensively, Seattle has the best rushing team in the NFL. The Seahawks average an incredible 169.6 yards per game on the ground. Things can get tough on offense, though, if Russell Wilson has to throw the ball. The Seattle offense only averages 189.7 yards per game through the air. That makes it the thirtieth ranked offense in the league when it comes to passing yards.
San Francisco’s defense should be able to take advantage because it is ranked second in the NFL in yards allowed via the pass at 207.2. When it comes to defending against the rush, the 49’ers are good as well. Teams rush for only 92.9 yards per game versus the San Francisco defense.
But offensively San Francisco always seems to have an issue because their quarterback, Colin Kaepernick, just doesn’t always make the wisest decision. Kaepernick has only a 92 QB rating. He’s thrown only 15 touchdowns to 6 interceptions. Often times, Kaepernick tries to force the ball. Usually, he could escape the pocket against a defense, but he’s going to have trouble doing that versus Seattle on Thursday.
— San Francisco 49ers (@49ers) November 25, 2014
This game should come down to quarterback play. Even though Wilson hasn’t put up stunning numbers this season, he is still far superior to Colin Kaepernick. Besides, Wilson appears to be heating up. He’s thrown 3 touchdowns in Seattle’s last two games and no interceptions. His QB ratings have been 98 and 121.
It’s going to be a lot easier for Seattle’s defense to goad Kaepernick into a mistake than it will be for San Francisco’s defense to goad Russell Wilson into a mistake. Because of that, Seattle is the pick in this contest.