What a nice way to bounce back for the Seattle Seahawks.
Divisional games are always tough in the NFL, especially in the NFC West. Seattle is at the top of what many call the best division in the league after half of a season.
Wide receiver D.K. Metcalf has blossomed into a young “Megatron,” as some people would say. With the help of Russell Wilson, Metcalf is becoming a household name in the NFL and I expect him to have even a bigger impact in the second half of the season.
Meanwhile, things go from bad to worse for the 49ers as they lose starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and star tight end George Kittle for likely the season. The 49ers have been beaten up all year long, and could be looking forward to next season here shortly.
Russell Wilson Continues his Brilliance
MVP, MVP, MVP! Russell Wilson continued his record-setting year against the 49ers. Wilson went 27-of-37 for 261 yards and four touchdowns in this game. Wilson has clearly set himself apart from the rest of the quarterbacks in the league. Is this finally the year that Wilson wins MVP? From what I have seen, there is little to no question he is.
With the way Russell Wilson is playing alongside Tyler Lockett, and D.K. Metcalf, his numbers are going to be incredible at the end of the year.
The San Francisco 49ers injuries continue to pile up. They not only lost their starting quarterback in Jimmy Garoppolo, but they also lost their star tight end in George Kittle. When the injuries pile up like they have, you cannot expect much from the 49ers.
Quarterback Nick Mullens came into the game and played pretty effectively in the second half. Was this a product of Seattle playing prevent defense with a big lead, or was this coaching? Nonetheless, Mullens led the 49ers on a few scoring drives during garbage time to make this game look closer than it was.
Seattle’s Offense in Stride
We all know about the way Russell Wilson is playing. But, one man can’t lead an offense like this without any help. D.K. Metcalf has turned into a draft steal and a star in the making. Metcalf finished the game with a career-high 12 catches for 161 yards and two touchdowns. Metcalf flashed a little bit of everything during the game, and the Calvin Johnson comparisons are starting to become louder and louder.
Another surprise performance came from rookie running back DeeJay Dallas. Dallas finished his outing with 23 total touches for only 58 total yards, but managed to find the end zone two times. If Chris Carson and Carlos Hyde miss some extended time, then Dallas will continue to rack up some touches and continue to produce with them.
The Seahawks scored 37 points in this game without Chris Carson, and with Tyler Lockett held in check. It goes to show how dangerous this offense can be, especially when they are at full strength. Is it enough for the Seahawks to come out of the NFC on top? I do believe the Seahawks, at this time, are the team to beat in the NFC. With a 6-1 record, and getting Jamal Adams back next week, the best of Seattle is yet to come.
Nick Mullens came in confident and kept the game close in the second half. Mullens finished his day going 18-of-25 for 238 yards and two touchdowns. This was a good showing for Mullens, who is expected to start the rest of the season for the 49ers.
Rookie wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk flashed some of his talents in this game as well. Aiyuk finished the game with eight catches for 91 yards and a touchdown. There were some positives that came from this game for the 49ers, and Aiyuk was one of them.
Overall, a pair of DeeJay Dallas touchdowns and a David Moore receiving touchdown was enough to hold off the 49ers comeback attempt in the second half.
The Seahawks covered the -2.5 spread and the over of 53 total points both were correct in this game.
The Seahawks (6-1) will look to continue their dominance so far as they will travel to Buffalo to take on the Bills (6-2). This will be a good test for both teams and should be a very good game.
The 49ers (4-4) will host the Packers (5-2) on Thursday Night Football. This is a rematch of last season’s NFC Championship game, and should be a close contest.
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