If you believe the national media and major newspapers, the 49ers will edge the Seahawks.
Twenty-seven of 48 predictions I found picked San Francisco to beat Seattle on Thanksgiving night. Twenty-one picked the Seahawks.
Most who picked San Francisco cited Seattle’s lack of success in the Bay Area. But everyone predicted a close game.
Here’s a roundup of predictions entering the big game.
Split, two for each team.
Jerry Brewer: Seahawks 14-13 – the Seahawks appear to be coming together. The Niners are still clinging to their dysfunction.
Bob Condotta: 49ers 13-10 – a game featuring the top two rushing defenses in the NFL figures to be a slugfest, likely decided by a mistake here or there. And that figures to favor the home team — the Seahawks haven’t won in the Bay Area since 2008.
Jayson Jenks: Seahawks 17-14 – just as they always seem to do, this game in San Francisco will come down to one big play in the fourth quarter. And this time the Seahawks’ defense makes it.
Larry Stone: 49ers 19-16 – Marshawn Lynch has had health concerns for two straight weeks. He was limited to a season-low 2.6 yards per carry last week. Without Lynch in peak form, the Seahawks will have a hard time beating the 49ers on the road.
One pick for the Seahawks.
Don Banks: Seahawks 23-20 – Truth be told, I don’t really care whether Marshawn Lynch talks to the media or not, and the little editorial comment Richard Sherman and Doug Baldwin combined on in Tuesday’s news conference setting was at least a fairly creative way to make a point about the NFL’s perceived policy inconsistencies. There’s always some sideshow drama surrounding both the Seahawks and 49ers, but the football battles they wage are plenty entertaining enough without the extra stuff. The Seahawks seemed to find their defensive swagger and their all-for-one mojo in Sunday’s season-saving home win over Arizona, and now we get to see if it travels well. The 49ers offense just isn’t dangerous or consistent enough to really do much damage against Seattle, and San Francisco’s lack of homefield advantage in Santa Clara’s new Levi’s Stadium could be the lost edge that helps decide a potential wild-card-race elimination game.
Eleven of 13 pick the 49ers.
Five of nine pick the Seahawks
John Breech: 49ers, 23-20 – No one under 18 should be allowed to watch this game unless supervised by at least two adults. We had to wait 13 weeks, but the the most intense rivalry currently going in the NFL is finally here. These two teams hate each other. The fans hate each other, and San Francisco media is getting tired of not being able to talk to Richard Sherman.
What does all of this mean? It means that I’m picking the 49ers because the home team in this game is 6-1 since Jim Harbaugh was hired in 2011. If the game is just half as amazing as Marshawn Lynch’s postgame interview from Sunday, then this could be the best Thanksgiving ever.
Pete Prisco: 49ers 23-20 – This should be a physical war, like these games have been in recent years. The Seattle defense looked much better last week, and San Francisco’s has improved the past three months. Look for both quarterbacks to struggle to get it going. I think the 49ers will find a way behind Colin Kaepernick to win it late.
Four of five pick Seahawks.
Elliott Harrison – 49ers 16, Seahawks 13: The last time Seattle won at San Francisco, Russell Wilson was a redshirt freshman at N.C. State. The quarterback was Seneca Wallace. In fact, the Seahawks were so banged up at WR during that 2008 season, Wallace played wideout briefly before he got hurt. Those were the final days of the Holmgren empire. The 49ers handled their business at home in one of the better games of 2013, and beat the Seahawks in 2012 when nobody could hold on to Wilson’s passes. Wilson will not be able to run all over the field in this one.
Four of seven pick the 49ers.
One picks the 49ers.
Vinnie Iyer – 49ers 19-16, in this monster matchup of hated teams, both teams should be sensing there’s room in the playoffs for just one of them, unlike the past two seasons. This also is a rematch of last year’s NFC title game, which Seattle outlasted San Francisco thanks to Richard Sherman owning Michael Crabtree when it counted most.
This doesn’t figure to be high scoring. Despite the dynamic dual-threat stylings of Russell Wilson and Colin Kaepernick, there are major injury issues with both offensive lines, concerns about both veteran feature backs and significant disconnects between the quarterbacks and their respective receiving corps. These defenses also have been pretty nasty of late. We are expecting the Seahawks and Niners to split their upcoming season series, so it only makes sense for the Niners to hold serve now before the Seahawks win by a similar score in Seattle in a couple of weeks.
One picks the Seahawks.
Evan Silva: Seahawks 20-17 – Thursday night’s Thanksgiving finale projects as a low-scoring, fantasy-unfriendly slugfest between division rivals. … San Francisco’s run game as a unit has been inconsistent and lacked big plays, managing just four runs of 20-plus yards despite ranking sixth in rushing attempts (329).
Four of seven pick 49ers
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