The Seahawks play the 49ers in week 13 on Sunday. Here is what our staff thinks will happen in Richard Sherman’s return to Seattle.
The Seahawks season has been better than expected. But the 49ers season has been far worse than they anticipated. Seattle is battling for a playoff spot while San Francisco is trying to stay out of last place.
Kevin Daggett (co-host of the 12th Man Rising podcast)
Short and sweet folks. Seattle is looking solid and have been finishing games strong lately. Basically, San Francisco stinks. Injuries and legal issues sure can kill a promising season. I would like to see Wilson involved a little more here on the back side of the season. I don’t think defenses would expect that and he is still a weapon on his feet.
Prediction: Seahawks 35 Forty-whiners 10
Luke Allen (contributor)
The Seahawks made me a believer in their playoff chances again last week in Carolina when Seattle won a huge road game. The Niners are a team in the middle of a re-build and are missing their starting quarterback, although Nick Mullens has filled in nicely as of late. I really don’t see this Niners team coming into Seattle and winning. The Seattle defense needs a game like this to get their confidence back after surrendering almost 500 yards last week.
Prediction: Seahawks will beat 49ers and cover the 9.5-point spread
Todd Vandenberg (co-expert)
The Seahawks should annihilate the 49ers in this game. About the only thing San Francisco does well is run the ball, courtesy of Matt Breida. He was dinged up earlier this season, but he’s coming off two straight 100-yard games. He isn’t enough, though. The Niners give up too many points and hardly ever take the ball away. This is a classic trap game, but Seattle still wins.
Prediction: Seahawks 33 49ers 20
Lee Vowell (co-expert)
After a big win over the Panthers, and Seattle’s knowledge that they cannot take any weeks off in their playoff push, I cannot see Seattle losing this game. The 49ers are actually good against the run, ranking 10th in the NFL. But they stink against the pass, even with Sherman. In 2018, the 49ers rank 26th in QBR allowed and have given up 23 touchdown passes with just two interceptions. Russell Wilson will win this game.
Prediction: Seahawks 31 49ers 20