49ers vs. Seahawks NFL Picks: Which Offense Will Show Up?

Swinging Johnson

Thursday, January 16, 2014 7:46 PM GMT

The NFC Championship features some great passing QB's, but can they win it alone? Or will it take the help of their rushers to really put the pressure on the opposing defense? Let's look at some key factors for this match-up.

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San Francisco 49’ers

Niners running back Frank Gore is one of the names most people overlook when speaking about the truly elite backs in the game. Statistics bear out the fact that running backs are already in the midst of a steady decline once they turn 30 and Frank Gore is already pushing 31. Those two factors make Gore one of the most unheralded members on a team known for a stout defense rather than a threatening offense. Nevertheless, Gore likes the fact that he often flies under the radar when teams are preparing for San Francisco and he hopes that will be the case this Sunday when the team travels to Seattle for the NFC Championship.

However, for those looking to get a betting edge and taking advantage of NFL odds, one must consider that Gore managed a mere 16 yards on nine carries in Week 2 when the 49’ers traveled to CenturyLink Field in a 29-3 loss. But things were different when Gore traversed the ground at Candlestick on December 8th when San Francisco notched a 19-17 victory over the Seahawks and rushed for 110 yards on 17 carries. But the 12th Man that Seattle boasts may well keep Gore in check as they did in September. Advantage – Seattle.

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Seattle Seahawks

Like their opponents on Sunday, the Seahawks have made their bones on defense this season. But no team advances without a little offensive firepower and Seattle has counted on Russell Wilson to run, pass and do everything but punt in order to put points on the board. But Wilson and the offense have been sputtering down the stretch. The Seattle QB tossed for a paltry 103 yards against the Saints last week and has failed to top over 200 yards passing in four of the last five weeks. 

If head coach Pete Carroll is concerned he isn’t expressing it to the public or the media.

“We're always looking for more and he is too and all that," Carroll said. "But as long as our football team is playing well and we're playing within the formula and we're playing good defense, we're running the football, we're playing on (special) teams, and we're taking care of the ball and getting it, we're going to have a really good chance to win. And that's what's most important to us. It's not about the stats and all that."

Sounds to me like a betting edge may be had as an Under play in NFL odds but we will keep you posted.

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