Every weekday morning, we'll round up local and national Seattle Seahawks-related links.
It's been a long and strange 2015 season for the 49ers and their fans. The road trips have been the worst part. San Francisco is 0-4 on the road this season, with blowout losses at Pittsburgh, Arizona and St. Louis. Jim Tomsula reportedly spent a portion of the bye week with his coaches trying to figure out why the team hasn't played well in away games and coming up with ways to change their fate, moving forward. I don't see playing in Seattle as the ideal testing ground for those new tactics.
Elliot Harrison of NFL.com has the Seahawks winning, 30-10:
Is Blaine Gabbert the answer for the Niners? Before you snicker, remember that this guy did go 10th overall in the same draft that featured Colin Kaepernick and Andy Dalton as second-round picks. Then again, Jake Locker was drafted ahead of all those folks -- so, uh, never mind. Gabbert will endeavor to get the ball out on time, as he did versus the Falcons two weeks ago, although he'll find this Seattle pass rush to be a different animal entirely than Atlanta's ... like, the difference between Alabama and ITT Tech. Unfortunately, that pass rush wasn't able to get to Carson Palmer in the waning moments Sunday night. That said, Gabbert has not shown a penchant for hitting the long ball à la Palmer. And the threat of the draw -- the play that killed the Seahawks late in the loss -- won't be as effective, given the 49ers' so-so aerial game.
Pete Prisco of CBSSports.com goes with the Seahawks, 28-7:
The Seahawks are in desperate need of a victory, and this might be one of those games where they take it out on a rival. Blaine Gabbert will face a fierce defense here. The Seahawks will also get the offense going. Seattle takes it.
Bob Condotta of The Seattle Times has the latest on the Seahawks' injuries:
The Seattle Seahawks’ injury report for Thursday included one new name -- starting cornerback Cary Williams. Williams was listed as not participating due to a hip injury. He was not listed earlier in the week with the injury so presumably it happened in practice, though details were not available since coach Pete Carroll does not speak to the media on Thursday.
Four other players also did not participate in practice Thursday: LB Bruce Irvin, who has already been declared out for Sunday’s game against the 49ers with a knee injury; RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen), WR Paul Richardson (hamstring) and DL Michael Bennett (non-injury related, meaning he took a rest day).