Seattle Injuries: John Carlson TE (Hip, FP Wed.), Chris Clemons DE (Ankle, DNP Wed.), Colin Cole DT (Ankle, FP Wed.), Matt Hasselbeck QB (Wrist, FP Wed.), Roy Lewis CB (Knee, LP Wed.), Matt McCoy LB (Head, DNP Wed.), Benjamin Obomanu (Hand, DNP Wed.), Chester Pitts OT (Ankle, DNP Wed.), Lofa Tatupu LB (Knee, DNP Wed.), Mike Williams WR (Ankle, DNP Wed.)
San Francisco Injuries: Aubrayo Franklin DT (Groin, DNP Wed.), Takeo Spikes LB (Ankle, DNP Wed.), Delanie Walker TE (Ankle, DNP Wed.), Brian Westbrook RB (Not injury related, DNP Wed.), DeShawn Wynn RB (Ankle, DNP Wed.), Nate Clements CB (Knee, LP Wed.), Anthony Davis OT (Back, LP Wed.), Parys Haralson LB (Ankle, LP Wed.), William James CB (Concussion, LP Wed.), Josh Morgan WR (Shoulder, LP Wed.), Shawntae Spencer CB (Quad, LP Wed.), Joe Nedney K (Knee, Out), Joe Staley OT (Leg, Out)
The first half of last week's game scared the poo out of me. Down by 14 to a 1-10 team starting a rookie quarterback...at home. Yikes. But in the end they turned the game around and had a pretty nice game. This week could be a different story. Yes, the Hawks get Colin Cole back, but I still have deep concerns about the defense moving forward. Can the struggles against the running game be simply chalked up to the injuries to Red Bryant and Colin Cole? Or did Junior Siavii and Raheem Brock fill in ably, and opponents have figured out how to run against the Hawks?
I don't see the Seahawks going into San Francisco and taking this game from a team that has been playing better of late -- aside from last week's debacle, that is. The advanced statistics show these teams diverging, with San Francisco playing almost average football since their 0-5 start. Meanwhile, the Seahawks are playing pretty awful football since their 4-2 start. Couple that with the possibility that they will be playing this game without Obomanu and BMW and, shite, this game could get ugly.
I think the 49ers' defense is good enough to completely shut down the offense. The only spark comes from a few nice catch-and-runs from Forsett. The running game is completely shut down, though, and Forsett finishes with 70 total yards, 50 of which come through the air. He adds a TD to the tally, but the Seahawks fall 17-10 in an ugly game. San Francisco doesn't do much offensively, with one of their touchdowns coming on a pick-six.
bonecruncher takes the cake for predicting BeastForce to have a fantastic day last week. Nicely done. Surf Hawk has once again leapfrogged me to take the top spot in the point prediction competition. True Hawk For Life, and diehard82 are still vying for the top spot as well. This is gonna come down to the wire. Here's the link to the spreadsheet: Link.