An effective running game, third-down conversions, and a QB returning to pre-injury form: these are all things the Seattle Seahawks need to get back in the win column and beat the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday. How many of those they get, however, remains to be seen. One change is guaranteed, with the game being “flexed” out of the original primetime spot and moved to an early afternoon kickoff. Being next to last in the conference will do that to you.
There’s also a new face in Seattle with the recent addition of future hall of fame RB Adrian Peterson, who continues to delay his Canton enshrinement to muscle out a few yards for whatever team will let him. However, it’s unlikely “AD” will see the field or even be active Sunday with Alex Collins, Deejay Dallas, Rashad Penny, and Travis Homer all active for this weekend.
Wilson’s biggest factor and inability to snap out of this funk he’s in since returning from injury. In three games – losses to the Packers, Cardinals, and Washington – the offense has managed just 27 TOTAL points. That’s disgusting. On the other side, the Niners will be without their best player – Deebo Samuel – and a top defensive player in Fred Warner. But those are the only significant injuries.
San Fran looks primed to come into Lumen Field and earn a tough road win, while the Seahawks have given me no reason to believe their current slide will stop. I pray I’m wrong.
Cliff’s Pick: 49ers – 27, Seahawks 16
This post was initially published in The Cliff Notes by CSN contributor Cliff Gibson.