Another week, another NFC West showdown for the Seattle Seahawks (5-1). In Week 8, the Seahawks will welcome the 49ers (4-3) who they haven’t seen since Week 17 of the 2019 season when San Francisco stopped Seattle on the 1-yard line to claim the NFC West title.
A lot has changed since then. The biggest factor is both teams have been plagued by the injury bug. Seahawks running backs Chris Carson, Carlos Hyde and Travis Homer are all dealing with injuries after last week’s 37-34 loss to the Arizona Cardinals in overtime. Seattle is hoping to get back Jamal Adams from a three-game absence, as well as cornerback Shaquill Griffin (concussion protocol), Benson Mayowa, and guard Mike Iupati, who has missed two games with a back injury.
For the 49ers, Kyle Shanahan is optimistic starting safeties Jimmie Ward and Jacquiski Tartt could return this week. Deebo Samuel will miss the next two weeks with a hamstring strain, while Tevin Coleman has a chance to get back this week but will be “a late end of the week decision,” said Shanahan. The 49ers are down to just two healthy runners in Jerrick McKinnon and JaMycal Hasty coming off last week’s dominant 33-6 victory over the Patriots.
CenturyLink Field’s “12th Man” has always been a significant factor for Seattle's home-advantage, but this game will be played without fans. This should make things a bit easier for the 49ers, but expect an all-out clash between the two rivals nonetheless.
Here’s what you need to know about the Week 8 matchup:
- Seattle is looking to have its second 6-1 start under Pete Carroll and is coming off its first defeat of the season last week in Arizona.
- Newly acquired Seahawks pass-rusher Carlos Dunlap will not play in Sunday’s game as he continues to go through protocol.
- The 49ers have won two of the last three meetings with the Seahawks, including last year’s season finale on Dec. 29 which ultimately crowed San Francisco NFC West champions.
QUOTABLES: 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan on the Seahawks defensive numbers:
“I know their numbers are real bad, but the numbers don't tell the whole story. They've given up some explosives, which gets the yards going, but they're still third in the league in turnovers, which means they cause a lot of problems… They haven't had all their players out there, which I know that'll help when they get them back,” Shanahan said. “I’m fully expecting them to get those guys back this week. We know how good their coaches are. They're playing good enough to win and that's why they've only lost one. I don't think the numbers tell the whole story.”
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on getting key defensive players back: “I’m really excited to get our guys back together and get the guys out there that we wanted to get the season going with and get everyone playing together. We’re in a good enough spot right now to make a real good run if we can clean up what’s going on over there. It is an area of focus; I can tell you that but it ain’t going to stay like this.”
MONEY LINE: -- Seahawks: +130 —49ers: -150
POINT SPREAD: -- Seahawks: +3 (-115) -- 49ers: -3 (-105) -- O/U: 54 (-110)
HOW TO WATCH:
When: Sunday, November 1
Where: CenturyLink Field | Seattle, Washington
Start time: 1:25 p.m. PT
TV channel: FOX
[Listen to the latest Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with host Joe Fann and 49ers insider Matt Maiocco]