Good morning, 12s.
Here's a look at what's "out there" for today - Wednesday, Oct. 21 - about your Seattle Seahawks (2-4) one day before the team's Thursday Night Football matchup with the San Francisco 49ers (2-4) at Levi's Stadium, where kickoff is set for 5:25 p.m. PT with national television coverage on NFL Network/CBS (channel 7 in Seattle).
The Picks Are In
ESPN NFL Nation writers Paul Gutierrez (49ers) and Sheil Kapadia (Seahawks) share a back-and-forth conversation previewing the quarterback matchup between San Francisco's Colin Kaepernick and Seattle's Russell Wilson. The pair also offers up a game prediction, with each side seeing a Seahawks victory.
Kapadia, who thinks Seattle will win 20-17, writes, "Opposing QBs have completed 69.6 percent of their attempts (30th) and averaged 8.34 YPA (30th) against the 49ers this season. Even if protection is shoddy, this is a good matchup for Wilson and the Seahawks' passing game. The way Seattle is playing right now, nothing will come easy. But they escape Levi's Stadium with a narrow victory Thursday night."
Guiterrez, who predicts a 24-13 Seahawks win, says, "As noted before, Kaepernick found his rhythm with short, safe passes against plodding defenses, and while Seattle's defense has had its issues, particularly the past two weeks, it has owned Kaepernick. Yes, there is more talent on the Seahawks' roster than on the Niners', and seeing as how they are the two-time defending NFC champs, there's no shame in that game. As such, in what many see as a potential playoff elimination game between a pair of 2-4 teams, the Seahawks might have a greater sense of urgency. The Seahawks have made a habit of making Kaepernick look bad: His seven interceptions against them the most he's thrown against any opponent and his 53.7 career passer rating against them the lowest against any team he's faced more than once."
Pete Prisco at CBSSports.com sees the Seahawks coming away with a 26-17 victory, "The Seahawks will re-group in time to start turning around their season. That defense has too much talent. They rebound."
John Breech at CBSSports.com predicts a 20-13 win for Seattle that he thinks will be determined by the team that plays better in the fourth quarter.
All eight NFL experts at CBSSports.com are picking the Seahawks over the 49ers.
Brock Huard's Chalk Talk
Former NFL and University of Washington quarterback turned football analyst Brock Huard shares his latest Chalk Talk video for 710Sports.com, where he breaks down a key play from this past Sunday's Seahawks loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Tweet Of The Day
Today's "Tweet of the Day" comes from NFL Network, which labels Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson's 40-yard touchdown toss to wide receiver Ricardo Lockette the number one play of Week 6. You can watch the play again right here.
More From Around The Web
Here at Seahawks.com, digital media reporter John Boyle says the Seahawks are remaining confident despite their 2-4 start and previews Thursday's matchup with the division rival San Francisco 49ers.
Linebacker Bobby Wagner (pectoral), who missed the Seahawks' Week 6 game against Carolina, was listed as a full participant in practice on Tuesday and said he'll "be ready" for Thursday's game against San Francisco.
Seattle made a series of roster moves yesterday, waiving cornerback Crezdon Butler and placing linebacker Brock Coyle on the reserve/designated to return list and filling the two spots by signing center Lemuel Jeanpierre and activating fullback Derrick Coleman off the reserve/suspended list.
Seattle defensive coordinator Kris Richard said he's taking "full responsibility" for the communication breakdown in this past Sunday's loss to the Carolina Panthers.
On Back to the Future Day, Seahawks.com guest contributor Pamela Boyd highlights the players' use of hands-free scooters, or hoverboards, at team headquarters.
Former NFL scout Bucky Brooks looked at the tape and identified three things affecting the Seahawks defense's ability to close out games.
Jayson Jenks at the Seattle Times shares three reasons why this year's Seahawks defense is different from the one of the past two years.
Dave Boling at the Tacoma News Tribune revisits the Seahawks-49ers rivalry.
ESPN.com thinks the Seahawks are relatively healthy compared to the NFL's 31 other teams, ranking Seattle as T-32nd on its list of the most banged-up teams through six weeks.
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