TV Schedule: Sunday, Sept. 15, 8:30 p.m. ET, NBC
Stadium: CenturyLink Field
Weather: Low 58, High 74
Line: Seattle (-2.5)
In a game that could easily be the best of the week, the San Francisco 49ers will face off against the Seattle Seahawks in a Sunday night battle. Colin Kaepernick is starting the 2013 season as the team’s starting quarterback — something new the the 49ers as they were used to Alex Smith — and he did not disappoint, passing for over 400 yards and three touchdowns. He looked like a solid NFL veteran and that’s something that coach Jim Harbough hopes will continues as the season progresses. Frank Gore wasn’t productive yardage-wise with just 44 on 21 carries, but he did score the go-ahead touchdown in the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers. Anquan Boldin has proved once again that he is one of the best wide outs in the league with his 13 catches for 208 yards and a touchdown in week one.
On the other side of the field, the Seahawks and Russell Wilson will be heading into week two with an eyebrow on the line. What do I mean by this? Well, Wilson and Kaepernick are placing a bet on the game this week: loser shaves one eyebrow off. That’s besides the point. Wilson had a stellar week one performance although his team only put 12 points on the board in an ugly 12-7 victory over the Carolina Panthers. He passed for 320 yards and a touchdown while Marshawn Lynch ran for just 43 yards on 17 carries and no scores. This offense will need to work on the run game if they want to have a chance at the postseason again.
Defensively, the Seahawks are one of the best units in football — if not the best. They kept Cam Newton under 175 yards of total offense and allowed just 243 total yards in week one on seven points. The 49ers slowed down Aaron Rodgers and the potent Green Bay attack, holding them to under 400 yards and causing two crucial turnovers.
PREDICTION: 49ers 24, Seahawks 31