It’s only Week 7 of the 2015 season, but a few teams are running out of time to turn things around. That’s the case for the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers, who are tied for last place in the NFC West and will meet on Thursday night at Levi’s Stadium.
Less than two years ago, Seattle and San Francisco played in the NFC Championship Game. On Thursday, both teams sit at 2-4, looking to rebound from slow starts. The Seahawks are coming off a surprising home loss, while the 49ers won last week for the first time since the season opener.
The Seahawks have won their last three games against the 49ers, though San Francisco has won five of their last six home games against Seattle. The Seahawks are favored by 6.5 points, though they have covered the point spread just once this season.
Seattle has been dealing with an injury to Marshawn Lynch for most of the season, and they nearly lost another running back to injury. Fred Jackson was involved in a car accident on Tuesday in which he crashed into a street sign. He has played in all six games this season, rushing 10 times for 52 yards, and catching 12 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown.
Jackson didn’t get a rushing attempt last week, as Lynch returned to the field. Lynch ran the ball 17 times for just 54 yards, continuing his struggles this year. He was a full participant in practice this week, having recovered from a hamstring injury. Linebacker Bobby Wagner was limited at practice earlier this week, after missing last week’s game with a pectoral injury, but will play on Thursday.
Carlos Hyde was questionable for Thursday night’s game, but the running back will suit up against the Seahawks. The running back has been dealing with a foot injury, and he only averaged 2.6 yards per carry last week. Hyde has been San Francisco’s top playmaker, rushing for 430 yards on the season. However, he’s averaging just 52.4 yards per game since the season opener, and the injury might be a reason why Hyde is averaging just 3.6 yards per carry in the last five games.
Anquan Boldin has been San Francisco’s best offensive player over the last two weeks, receiving over 100 yards in consecutive games. His hamstring injury makes him questionable for Thursday’s contest, and he’ll work out before the game to see if he can give it a go. Boldin’s numbers have improved along with Colin Kaepernick’s. The quarterback is coming off his best two games of the year, having thrown for 602 yards, four scores and no interceptions.
The game is set to kick off at 8:25 p.m. ET, and it will be broadcast on both CBS and the NFL Network. A free live stream is available online at nflnonline.nfl.com.