Seahawks vs. 49ers: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread, Radio, Game Time and More

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Seahawks vs. 49ers: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread, Radio, Game Time and More
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The Thursday night game between the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers looked like a guaranteed win for the home team just a few weeks ago. They appeared to be the superior team and would have the advantage of hosting the game on a short week.

So far in 2012, half of that scenario is playing out. Ignoring Week 1, the home teams have a 4-1 mark versus the opponent having to surrender already-limited preparation time for travel.

But losses to the Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants have shown that the 49ers are vulnerable, particularly to teams that run the ball well on offense and can stymie an opposing rushing game.

The Seahawks have proven they can beat elite teams, but they don't have a statement road win in 2012. They had just one in 2011, a Week 5 win against the Giants.

 

Update: Oct. 18, 7:00 p.m. by Darin Pike

Good news for the 49ers, as it appears they will have starting LT Joe Staley for this game. He is still awaiting final doctor approval but he is active.

---End of Update---

 

Where: Candlestick Park, San Francisco, Calif. 

When: Thursday, Oct. 18 at 8:20 p.m. ET 

Watch: NFL Network 

Listen: Online at NFL Audio Pass 

Live Stream: NFL.com

 

Betting Line: 49ers -7 Over/Under 37½  (via Odds Shark)

An over/under in the 30's and an edge of seven points is a bit extreme in this game. One of those has to give; I'd bet on it being San Francisco covering the spread.

The 49ers have blown out bad teams but haven't had as much success against teams that are playing good ball defensively. Take the Seahawks and the points and go with the under.

 

What's at Stake 

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First place in the suddenly toughest division in the NFL is up for grabs.

Perhaps that moniker won't stick with the NFC West for long, but at the end of Week 6, there are more teams in the NFC West with a winning record than in all of the AFC. The division went 3-1 against the NFC East and is 5-2 against the AFC East...including a 2-0 record against the New England Patriots.

The team that wins this game will have a bead on winning the division. The 49ers have both of their games against the Arizona Cardinals, while the Seahawks have their home contest left.

Whoever wins this game will be able to control their destiny. Considering the Seahawks' toughest games will be behind them after Thursday, a win would be huge for them.

 

Injury Report (via USATODAY.com)

Seattle Seahawks

 Pos.

Injury

Status

Jaye Howard

DT

Foot

Questionable

Marshawn Lynch

RB

Back

Probable

Clinton McDonald

DT

Groin

Doubtful

John Moffitt

G

Knee

Questionable

Max Unger

C

Hip

Probable

San Francisco 49ers

 Pos.

Injury

Status/Updated

Darius Fleming

LB

Knee

Out

Clark Haggans

LB

Suspension

Questionable

Brandon Jacobs

RB

Knee

Questionable

Mario Manningham

WR

Shoulder

Probable

Alex Smith

QB

Finger

Probable

Joe Staley

T

Concussion

Questionable

Lynch has been on the injury report all season because of back spasms that limited him in preseason action, but there have not been any issues that have limited him on game day.

Fleming has been on the Physically Unable to Perform list.

Haggans served a three-game suspension for violating the league's policy on performance-enhancing drugs. He was eligible to return last week but was not on the active roster.

 

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Fantasy Impact

Both of these defenses are smart starts this weekend. They are elite units and are adept at forcing turnovers and limiting yards.

On the flip side, the matchups aren't overly favorable for the offensive players. Frank Gore and Marshawn Lynch are elite backs, but owners with other options should consider sitting the backs in this game. Both defensive units will be focused on stopping the run.

If one's fantasy weekend turns on a wide receiver in this contest, then the team is likely in trouble. Don't expect any single player to have a solid output against the opposing defense, as shown in the low over/under for this game.

On the tight end side, Vernon Davis is always a smart start. He'll be looking to help his team rebound this week and stay ahead of the Seahawks in the standings.


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Seahawks Player to Watch: Chris Clemons

While Seattle needs to get its own ground game going, the Seahawks also need to be able to pressure Alex Smith into mistakes. Bruce Irvin will be important in that regard, but their pass pressure revolves around Clemons.

If Clemons can bring consistent pressure and keep Smith from getting comfortable, then the secondary should be able to keep the receivers from getting open and force a few turnovers. They will need to do so if they hope to pull out a victory.

 

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49ers Player to Watch: Frank Gore

Some of the biggest games in Gore's career have come against the Seahawks. He has managed to find holes in their pursuit schemes, but those big games have also been on the heals of an injury to a key part of Seattle's defense.

San Francisco will go as far as Gore will take it this season and against the Seahawks. The strength of Seattle's team is its secondary, but the Seahawks are one of the best in football at stopping the run. If the 49ers can move the ball on the ground, it will open up options in the passing game as the corners and safeties try to help out the front seven.

Vernon Davis is another key. Seattle has struggled with covering tight ends in recent seasons but will likely ask Kam Chancellor to keep Davis under control.

 

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Key Matchup: 49ers Front Seven vs. Seahawks Offensive Line

Seattle needs to control the pace of this game and keep the 49ers defense from attacking Russell Wilson. A solid rushing attack from Lynch will accomplish both of those.

Running the ball is easier said than done against San Francisco, but the Giants were able to do just that on Sunday. Seattle's offensive line is a very good run-blocking unit and will be called upon to help Lynch find openings.

Seattle also needs to keep the powerful passing attack at bay.

The 49ers have perhaps the best front seven in the NFC, but I will continue to contend that their secondary is not a very good unit until proven otherwise. They benefit from a pass rush that forces quarterbacks to make quick decisions. If an offensive line allows time, receivers will find openings against this secondary.

 

Who wins?

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Prediction

It is difficult to see either team jump out to a significant lead in this game. Both defenses are stout, and the offenses have been hit-or-miss.

If the Seahawks can control the 49ers pass rush, then they will be able to move the ball and score enough to win this game. I don't see that happening, though.

Seattle's other chance is to convert a turnover or special teams play into points.

San Francisco isn't likely to cover the inflated spread, but the 49ers will be energized to make up for their Week 6 egg. I'd give the nod to Seattle at home, but the away team on a Thursday night is at a huge disadvantage.

San Francisco 17, Seattle 13

 

Darin Pike is a writer for Bleacher Report's Breaking News Team and a Featured Columnist covering the NFL and Seattle Seahawks.


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