San Francisco at Seattle


This is a game that can decide the NFC West, as San Francisco will clinch this division with a win over Seattle.


That factor will make Seattle adopt an aggressiveness that they have used for much of this season, as early season defensive woes that saw the Seahawks allow 27+ points in four of the first five games of the season eventually helped Seattle rack up 27+ points in five out of six contests and vaulted the Seahawks to a 6-3 mark.


The problem for Seattle is that its defense hasn’t been able to hold up to the pressure that its offense has placed on it of late, as the Seahawks have given up 93 points over the past three weeks.


That is an issue against a San Francisco squad that has tallied 33+ points in three of the past four weeks and seems to have found a breakout quarterback in Brock Purdy. The 49ers should also be able to move the ball on the ground at will against a Seahawks defense that has given up 883 rushing yards in the past four games. Combine that with a San Francisco rush defense that has allowed fewer than 70 yards in the past six games and the 49ers claim this one.


Pick: 49ers (confidence level 5)