TV Schedule: Sunday, Dec. 8, 4:25 p.m. ET, FOX
Stadium: Candlestick Park
Weather: High 50, Low 42
Line: San Francisco (-2.5)
As the first team to clinch a playoff berth in the NFL this season, the Seattle Seahawks look like the best team in the league by a decent margin — especially after their thrashing of the New Orleans Saints on Monday night. Russell Wilson put himself in the running for MVP during the victory over the Saints and he looks like the best second-year quarterback in the league, completely avoiding the dreaded sophomore slump, passing for 2,672 yards and 22 touchdowns. Oh yeah, and he can run with the ball, accounting for 456 yards and a touchdown as one of the most elusive quarterbacks in the game. Doug Baldwin leads all receivers with 663 yards and four touchdowns on 40 catches. Marshawn Lynch has been solid this season as well, rushing for 970 yards and nine touchdowns.
It hasn’t been the most successful year for third-year quarterback Colin Kaepernick as he has played down to opponents often this season after being touted as the next great QB in the league for the San Francisco 49ers. Kaepernick has been trying to avoid criticism all season long, but leading the second-worst passing offense in the league isn’t going to silence many critics. The young quarterback has passed for just 2,312 yards and 15 touchdowns on the year, connecting with Anquan Boldin 61 times for 822 yards and five touchdowns. Tight end Vernon Davis has put up solid numbers this season as well, catching 42 passes for 705 yards and 10 touchdowns. Frank Gore has been solid on the ground, however, rushing for 821 yards and eight touchdowns.
Defensively, the Seahawks have one of the best units in the NFL — and some may argue that it is by far the best. Seattle ranks first in both total yards and passing yards allowed per game while ranking second in points allowed per game. San Francisco has also been solid, ranking third in points allowed, fifth in total yards allowed and fifth in passing yards allowed per game.
PREDICTION: Seahawks 24, 49ers 28
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