Time for a quick one (that’s what she said).
So, things didn’t go entirely that smoothly in general last week. Lost my first fantasy football game of the year (by two points, thanks to a garbage time Andre Johnson 17 yard catch), the Eagles completely fell apart (starting to get used to that though), and I went 5-9 for the week–still above .500 though at 46-45.
Let’s hit it.
Seattle Seahawks @ San Francisco 49ers–Thursday, 8:20pm
Who woulda thunk it? This is actually likely to be an excellent contest. A little more than a year removed from this division being a complete wash (understatement), the NFC West will have it’s second Thursday night, prime time game, in the last three weeks. And this one could be an instant classic.
So many story lines running wild on this one:
- The 49ers (who shutdown opposing offenses the previous two weeks and looked flawless on offense) are coming off of a terrible Week 6 game against the Giants, and hope to rebound
- Russell Wilson looks to keep the momentum going after an improbably comeback win over the Tom Brady Patriots
- This might be an offensive struggle: San Fran’s usually stingy defense matches up against a weak Seattle defense, while the 49ers offense looked like crap last week and showed no signs of life–can they fix it quick?
But my personal favorite story line in is this: Pete Carroll matching up against Jim Harbaugh. Dating back to their college days when Harbaugh took over at Stanford, there’s always been a bit of a hatred between the two men.
Way back when, Harbaugh expressly admitted that Carroll and the USC program were in his crosshairs.
Let’s go back further. If we go back to 1987, the first time these two were matched up in a contest, Harbaugh a QB and Carroll a DB coach, Harbaugh’s teams hold a 10-7 edge. Strictly as head coaches, though, Harbaugh still holds the edge 4-1.
If you have the time, this is an excellent read on the history of between the two done by Kyle Bonagura on CBSSports.com.
Enough about them, though. Prediction time.
49ers win 35-27