San Francisco 49ers: 4 bold predictions for Week 13 vs. Seahawks
The San Francisco 49ers are one of the NFL’s hottest teams. They have won three straight games and four of their last five. That comes after a rough start to the season that saw the team start 2-4. But all of a sudden, this team is beginning to play football the way many of us expected this season.
They have scored 30+ points in each game during their winning streak, and have dominated on the other side of the football. They look physical, pushing offensive and defensive lines around at the point of contact. The zone running scheme of Kyle Shanahan has been on full display again.
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One of the biggest changes though is the health and play of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo. Alongside a solid running game, this team might be able to make some noise down the stretch. They should start making believers out of people starting this weekend.
Here are my 4 bold predictions for the 49ers this Sunday vs the Seattle Seahawks.
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49ers Week 13 Predictions
4. Jimmy Garoppolo will outshine Russell Wilson
49ers starting quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo has been playing very well lately since returning from injury. He has been much more careful with the football this year, having only thrown six interceptions. Turnovers had been as issue with him in the past.
I will admit, part of this take is because of how atrocious the Seahawks offense has looked. Russell Wilson looks checked out and with all of the talk swirling about him leaving after the season, one can see why.
— Eagles Nation (@PHLEaglesNation) December 1, 2021
Seattle’s offense looks broken. Their offensive line is trash. Chris Carson is on season-ending IR. Wilson does not seem to be able to get the ball into DK Metcalf’s hands. But the defense has been just as bad.
Enter the 49ers O-Line who will look to stream roll over this team. Garoppolo might have lost one of his key weapons, but it should not matter in this matchup. Look for an efficient day from Jimmy G with better numbers than his counter part.
3. George Kittle will have a blow up game
Kittle was surprisingly very quiet in last week’s victory over the Minnesota Vikings. I do not expect that to happen again in this matchup.
Deebo Samuel, who has been playing like Deebo from the movie “Friday” this season, will be out with a groin injury. According to head coach Kyle Shanahan, Samuel is expected to miss 1-2 weeks.
49ers’ HC Kyle Shanahan said WR Deebo Samuel is expected to miss 1-2 weeks with a strained groin.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 29, 2021
With Samuel out, Kittle should take over as the primary target for Garoppolo. Kittle returned from injury Week 9 and scored in each of his first three games back before last week’s dud. The Seahawks have been middle of the pack defending tight ends this season.
The 49ers will be running the football a lot. When they aren’t, they will be using a lot of play action. That feeds right to Kittle over the middle. Expect a big day from the All Pro tight end.
2. Elijah Mitchell will ball out, rush for over 100 yards and at least one touchdown
When the 49ers drafted Trey Sermon with their third round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, it was thought he was the future for San Francisco at running back. They then drafted Elijah Mitchell later. Good thing they did.
Mitchell is having an outstanding rookie season. He has rushed just under 700 yards this year, with four rushing touchdowns. He has done that in only eight games. Extrapolate that out to an entire season those are Pro Bowl numbers.
Elijah Mitchell is averaging 86.6 rushing yards per game, fourth best in the NFL. He has at least 91 yards in 4 of his last 5 outings.
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— Field Yates (@FieldYates) November 30, 2021
As ESPN’s Field Yates points out above, he is having a breakout season.
This week, vs a Seahawks defense that was just shredded by Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic on the ground, Mitchell should have a field day Sunday.
The 49ers defense is playing so well, that they should be able to keep Russell Wilson on the sideline and control the clock. That means plenty of Mitchell, and Jeff Wilson Jr, who I also think will have a good game in a back up role.
1. The 49ers win going away, firmly planting themselves in playoff contention
I have seen nothing from Seattle to make me think they will surprise everyone and play well Sunday. Meanwhile, the 49ers are playing their best football of the season right now.
San Francisco’s offense and defense are clicking right now. Their running game looks great. The Seahawks have been just as bad at home as on the road. So, the fact that this is a road game for the 49ers is not daunting.
After the 49ers take care of business, they improve to 7-5 and will be firmly entrenched in the NFC wild card conversation.