Seahawks Will Not Fall to 2-5, Make Seattle the NFL Pick vs. 49ers

David Lawrence

Wednesday, October 21, 2015 11:05 PM GMT

The biggest single surprise of the NFL season has been the fall of the Seattle Seahawks. Should we fade them with our Thursday Noght NFL Picks? Read inside this betting preview to find out.

Momentum
No one in the NFL can believe that the Seattle Seahawks’ defense has become a very unreliable unit, but that’s the reality of things after six games. It’s not that the Seahawks are losing – teams that lose the Super Bowl do struggle the following year. This is and has been a consistent pattern in the NFL. Teams that lose the Super Bowl do not get back to that game, with the Buffalo Bills of the 1990s being a very noticeable exception. It’s understandable to see Seattle buckle under the weight of pressure, but if that was going to happen, you would have expected the offense to be the main source of the problem, not the defense. Yet, the defense has blown leads inside the final four minutes of the fourth quarter on three different occasions. The Seahawks have blown second-half leads of at least 13 points in each of the last two weeks. This is a team which could very easily be 5-1 or at least 4-2, but it’s only 2-4, and this is creating a sense of panic.

The San Francisco 49ers are 2-4, but this is what everyone expected of a team which lost guys such as Frank Gore to other teams in the offseason; watched a number of key defensive players such as Patrick Willis retire; and allowed Jim Harbaugh to go to Michigan after very purposefully firing him. The 49ers are coming off a win over Baltimore, though, and their offense has gotten better each of the last two weeks. This game feels a lot more even than many expected a few weeks ago.

 

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Line Moves
The NFL odds started with the Seahawks as a 4.5-point choice, and they’re now six-point favorites. There is simply overwhelming belief that the Seahawks will not fall to 2-5, and that their defense can shut down San Francisco’s offense. The posted total for this game is 42.

 

Notable Injuries
The Seahawks have defensive back Jeremy Lane on the physically unable to perform list. Wide receiver Paul Richardson is also on that list. Fullback Derrick Coleman is out indefinitely with legal problems. Cornerback Jalil Brown is listed as questionable for this game with a groin injury. Cornerback Tye Smith is questionable with a hip injury. Cornerback Marcus Burley is questionable for this game with a hand injury. Defensive end Frank Clark is questionable with a hamstring injury. Linebacker Brock Coyle is questionable with a knee injury. Defensive tackle Jordan Hill is questionable with a quad injury. Linebacker Bobby Wagner is questionable with a pectoral injury.

For the 49ers, running back Carlos Hyde is probable with a foot injury. Guard Brandon Thomas is questionable with an ankle injury. Running back Reggie Bush is questionable with a calf injury. Wide receiver Dres Anderson is on injured reserve. So is running back Kendall Hunter.

 

Handicapping The Game
The fact that the Seahawks have to win this game to avoid becoming 2-5 is a powerful thing to bet on. Seattle has too much riding on this game to fall short. Go with the favorites for your NFL picks.

NFL Pick: Seahawks -6.5 at 5Dimes

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