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NFL Week Seven Preview – Seattle at San Francisco

Seattle Seahawks vs San Francisco 49ers

The Seahawks and 49’ers waged war the past few seasons as the best rivalry in the NFC. Times have changed, but both team will still have plenty to play for Thursday night in San Francisco.

Both teams are 2-4, and both have had their share of issues through the first six games of the 2015 season as they try to get on track.

Sunday was another big fourth quarter collapse for the Seahawks, whose defense isn’t playing to the level it has the past few seasons. They allowed Cam Newton and the Panthers to drive down the field for the winning score Sunday in Seattle to stun the Hawks and send them to their fourth loss of the year.

”It’s very frustrating,” safety Earl Thomas said. ”We don’t (stink). We know who we are. We’re not finishing.”

Seattle hasn’t lost three straight since Weeks 7-9 in 2011. They lost two straight last October, and will look to rebound against a Niners team coming off a big home win against the Ravens.

“To be where we are right now, it puts us in a position of tremendous adversity for a team,” said coach Pete Carroll.

”It calls on you a lot of stuff, but it calls on us to believe in the guys in the locker room and believe in what we’re doing and hang together until we get things right.”

The Seahawks have allowed a whopping 55 points in the fourth quarter, most in the NFL. They also have scored just 9 points in the fourth quarter of their last five games.

Russell Wilson has completed 70.8 percent of his passes and posted a 118.7 passer rating to help Seattle outscore its opponents 58-24 in the third.

Though he went 6 of 8 for 91 yards in the fourth Sunday, he has an 83.8 rating while the Seahawks own a minus-28 point differential in the final period.

Seattle has to get back to the basics, which means stopping the Niners and playing their ground and pound attack, with rushing the football and being more physical.

The Hawks have owned the Niners as of late, winning 5 of 6 against them.

San Fran played its best game of the year in a home win over the Ravens Sunday. The win broke their four-game losing streak after they started the year with a win over the Vikings.

“I think we’re a 2-4 football team that needs to get some more wins,” quarterback Colin Kaepernick said. “We need this win on Thursday.”

Kaepernick is 1-5 as a starter against Seattle. He has thrown four TDs and no INTs in the last two games after being picked off five times without throwing for a score in the previous two.

If the Niners are finally going to beat Seattle, he’s got to play well, and also get a big day from running back Carlos Hyde, who has struggled since the opener.

Hyde has averaged 3.4 per carry while gaining just 262 yards in the five games since running for 168 and two TDs on 26 carries in the opening win over Minnesota. After rushing five times for 19 yards in that November home defeat to the Seahawks, Hyde had 55 on six attempts in a 17-7 loss at Seattle on Dec. 14.

”Anything positive we can get we got to keep it going right now,” 49ers receiver Torrey Smith said. ”We can’t really spend too much time being happy about (Sunday’s win) because we have a tough defense coming here on Thursday so we have to get our mind right for that.”

Seattle is still the better team, and look for them to play a much better game on defense against a team they have owned over the past few seasons.

Seattle 19 San Francisco 10

Fantasy Projections:

Seattle – Russell Wilson 181 yards, Marshawn Lynch 90 yards rushing 2 TD’s, Jimmy Graham 78 yards receiving
San Francisco – Colin Kaepernick 162 yards, Carlos Hyde 39 yards 1 TD, Torry Smith 47 yards receiving

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