01/19/2014 02:05 PM
WHY THE SEAHAWKS COVER
San Francisco is 0-2 ATS in Seattle in the Russell Wilson era, but, more importantly, in the Colin Kaepernick era. The Seahawks haven't just covered the spread in those two games, they've obliterated it. If the 49ers' offense thinks the stadium's been loud before, they probably haven't heard anything yet. This is the final opportunity this season for the 12th Man to raise their collective voice at home, so watch for Kaepernick to look as stunned as he has been in his two previous visits.
Defense can still win championships
If defense doesn't quite win championships in the modern era, having a good one certainly helps. Seattle held a Drew Brees-led offense to zero points through three quarters last week. I expect Kaepernick to struggle in the hostile environment as it is. When up against the best pass defense in the league, not to mention the best secondary in the NFL, he really does have his work cut out for him. Michael Bennett is playing lights-out football up front on passing downs, but it's the pressure created before that by Brandon Mebane that allows the linebackers more creative freedom, setting the tone from the very beginning.
Lynch will relish every second
Seattle may not be in the position to host the NFC Championship this week if not for the outstanding contribution made by Marshawn Lynch last week. He was phenomenal against New Orleans and he seemed to literally carry the team on his own. This never bothers him and he even seems to delight in defenders attempting to bring him down. Beast by nickname, Beast by nature.