Seahawks vs 49ers: Bold Predictions for Thursday Night Clash

Tyler Brooke@TylerDBrookeSenior Analyst IIOctober 18, 2012

Seahawks vs 49ers: Bold Predictions for Thursday Night Clash

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    At the beginning of this season, many experts might have been tempted to mark this week as a win for San Francisco. 

    However, the Seattle Seahawks have been one of the biggest surprises in the NFL this year.  While the Seahawks may have stolen a win on the now infamous “Fail Mary” play, they are still beating formidable teams, including a win against New England last week. 

    The 49ers are coming off of a tough loss against the New York Giants, but are still playing solid, all-around football. 

    Here are some bold predictions for the Thursday night matchup.

Alex Smith Will Have Another Multiple Interception Game

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    Alex Smith struggled last week against New York, throwing three interceptions.  It is very possible that he could have another tough week ahead of him against Seattle.  

    Seattle's pass defense is one of the best in the league with a passer rating against of 74.1, currently 6th in the NFL.  Their aggressive d-line will pressure Smith into making quick decisions and their big cornerbacks will be able to take advantage of this like they did against Tom Brady last week.

Expect a Defensive Touchdown

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    Two of the best defenses are going against each other this week. 

    While both defenses are near the top in yards/points allowed this season, they are also in the middle of the herd in takeaways.

    With only one combined defensive touchdown between the two of them, it seems to only be a matter of time before their defenses start putting up points.

The 49ers Will Take out Their Frustrations on Seattle

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    The 49ers are disappointed in themselves after last week's performance. 

    A game against a division rival is the perfect chance for San Francisco to remind everyone of how dominant they can be.

    Expect head coach Jim Harbaugh and company to call a lot of aggressive plays on both sides of the field. Chances are that more than a few of them will work. 

    With a rookie QB on the other side of the ball, expect some unique blitz packages to make Russell Wilson make some bad throws.