Last Updated: Oct 18, 2012 1:15 PM
Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers
Seattle: Aaron Rodgers, Cam Newton, Tony Romo, and Tom Brady. What do those four have in common? Well, other than being top 10 fantasy QBs in 2011, all four have been beaten this year by one diminutive rookie QB by the name of Russell Wilson. Unfortunately, the road games against division rivals haven’t been as kind, with Seattle dropping close ones to the Cardinals and Rams already. Now, they go to San Francisco for their 3rd straight road divisional game this year; the question is, will the Russell Wilson that was unleashed against the Patriots in Week 6, to the tune of 300+ total yards and 3 TDs be the same guy that shows up against the 49ers?
This game will showcase two of the premier defenses in the league for 2012, with the Seahawks coming in with fresh swagger from last week’s shocking come from behind win. The 49ers on the other hand, are still smarting from getting punched in the mouth by the Giants. Don’t count on the 49ers being manhandled twice in a row, so expect a fairly low-scoring game in this one.
Marshawn Lynch is the only thing that has been semi-consistent for the Seahawks, and last week he finally bottomed out with only around 60 total yards. Since Ahmad Bradshaw managed to walk all over the 49ers last week, this isn’t necessarily an impossible game for Lynch, and if you start him regularly I’d start him here as well. None of the Seahawks receivers are particularly attractive here, and I only expect maybe one score through the air; if anyone, Sidney Rice is the most playable if you’re desperate because of the bye weeks.
Good Start: RB Marshawn Lynch
Middle of the Road: WR Sidney Rice
Bad Start: QB Russell Wilson, WR Golden Tate, WR Doug Baldwin, TE Zach Miller
San Francisco: The 49ers did quite a bit of talking about revenge when they had the Giants coming to town last week; but as we all know, the Giants came in and performed like the defending Super Bowl champs, laying waste to the 49ers in a game that really wasn’t very close.
Now on a short week the 49ers get the Seahawks, brash and confident after beating Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. If the 49ers can recover quickly and get back to the smart ball-control football they were playing before the Giants game, they should come out with a victory.
Alex Smith will have to take care of the ball, which will be hard against the opportunistic and hard-hitting Seahawks. Don’t expect a lot of offensive fireworks here; Smith isn’t startable, and the only receiving threats I’d consider are Michael Crabtree and Vernon Davis.
Frank Gore has been a Seahawk killer in the past, but with the way the Seahawk defense is playing lately, I’d be weary of expecting anything more than low end RB2 numbers.
Good Start: RB Frank Gore
Middle of the Road: WR Michael Crabtree, TE Vernon Davis
Bad Start: QB Alex Smith, RB Kendall Hunter, WR Mario Manningham, WR Randy Moss
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