AT 49ERS (2-4), 8:25 p.m.
TV: Ch. 2, NFL
Radio: WFAN (660, 101.9)
Seahawks by 6 1/2; O/U: 42
There was a time not too long ago when football fans would be glued to their TVs for Seahawks-49ers. The NFC West rivals produced some riveting matchups, most notably the NFC Championship Game in 2014. Now, will anyone even set their DVRs for Thursday night's battle between 2-4 teams?
Not many expected San Francisco to be a contender, but Seattle being tied for last place is a shocker. And it's the way it lost that is the biggest surprise. The Seahawks' fourth-quarter failures in the Super Bowl (Patriots outscored them 14-0) have carried over to the 2015 season. In all four of their losses, they've blown fourth-quarter leads. They allowed the Bengals to rally from 17 down in Week 5, and last week at home let the Panthers score touchdowns on back-to-back 80-yard drives. Can you say Legion of Gloom?
I expect the Seahawks to be raring to go Thursday night, but can you trust them laying 61/2 points on the road against a rival? Yes, San Francisco isn't the same team it was under Jim Harbaugh, but if there are two things we've learned in the Jim Tomsula era it's that his 49ers play well at home and show up for prime-time games. They opened the season with a dominant win over the Vikings on Monday night, then two weeks ago on Sunday night had the Giants on the ropes at MetLife Stadium before allowing a last-second TD. The 49ers are 2-1 at home, and in their lone loss they held the Packers to 17 points.
Would I be shocked if the Seahawks won by two touchdowns? No. But they're 0-3 on the road, and until they show they're capable of dominating teams like they have in recent years, I'll take a shot with the home team getting nearly a touchdown in a rivalry game.
The pick: 49ers
Kimberley A. Martin: Seahawks
Bob Glauber: 49ers
Tom Rock: 49ers