Thursday Night Football Week 7 Live Thread

To the victor belong the spoils in a hard-nosed defensive NFC West battle [TNF Live Thread]

10/18/12 in NFL   |   Jess   |   32868 respect

Blog Photo - Thursday Night Football Week 7 Live ThreadThis game promises to be three things:
Chippy
Low-scoring
Unpredictable

It also promises to the winner sole possession of first place in what has become one of the toughest divisions in the NFL.

While their teams are natural rivals due to alignment, and possibly even proximity, the coaches also have a long history. Harbaugh (with Stanford) and Carroll (with USC) got to know each other and their coaching styles. Now they're division rivals once again, looking to take the lead in the dog fight between 4 very much improved teams.

The Niners are coming off an embarrassing - and somewhat surprising - loss to the Giants, and apparently they've never lost two in a row under Harbaugh. The Seahawks are coming off a comeback win against a very good New England Patriots team. They both boast a pretty good defense, with strengths in different areas, respectively. 

SF Keys to a Win:
Third downs - Seattle still has a tough time converting them on offense, and stopping them on defense. 
Stop Lynch - he was stuffed by the Patriots at home for a dismal 41 yards; 2.7ypc average. His worst performance all season. He's going to be hungry for some Skittles.
Pick on Trufant. He's the weak link in that secondary.
Keep Wilson in the pocket. You've seen what he can do.

SEA Keys to a Win:
Get to Alex Smith. Pass rush, pass rush, pass rush. The grass will make that more difficult, but rattling Smith = creating turnovers.
Receivers need to keep getting open, and hold on to the ball.
Watch out for Kaepernick. While Smith is the QB, Kaepernick remains a nice weapon and they'll use him.
Stop the run.

For those of you who love only offensively exciting games, this might be a yawner. However, if you're looking for a hard hitting, smashmouth, in-your-face defensive battle in a heated division rivalry game for first place, NFL Network promises to deliver. Tune in and Q it up here at 8:20 Eastern Time!
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10/18/12   |   Jess   |   32868 respect

*sigh*  

Gross.

10/18/12   |   kobe_lova   |   59485 respect

That was an ugly game in every way on both sides.  

10/18/12   |   Scott   |   49483 respect

Couple mistakes by the 49ers on their last two drives keeps the Hawks alive

10/18/12   |   Scott   |   49483 respect

Hawks defense looking a little bit tired.

10/18/12   |   GeorgeMon   |   159 respect

NFC West is looking strong... I wouldn't be surprised to see either of these teams in the SB

10/18/12   |   Scott   |   49483 respect

It hasn't been a good night for the Hawks receiving corp.  

10/18/12   |   richard_cranium   |   17638 respect

I wonder if a GB defensive back had caught that ball if Golden Tate could have caught it?

10/18/12   |   Jess   |   32868 respect



(I'm gonna kick Okung in the arse cheek, btw)

10/18/12   |   Jess   |   32868 respect

God, I love Marshawn Lynch

10/18/12   |   Jess   |   32868 respect

kobe_lova wrote:
I hope Wilson plays relatively close to how he did last game. Good start so far.

He's doing well. I wish the guys could hold on to them.

10/18/12   |   kobe_lova   |   59485 respect

Random: Mayock/Nessler combo makes me :) every week. It may be the only NFL duo that has yet to bug me. As much as I love Chuckie, he's been quite irritating in a few games this season.

10/18/12   |   richard_cranium   |   17638 respect

If I have to choose, I will go with the Niners!

10/18/12   |   kobe_lova   |   59485 respect

I hope Wilson plays relatively close to how he did last game. Good start so far.