The long bye week is over and the San Francisco 49ers are back in action on Sunday! The 49ers host the Seattle Seahawks, the second matchup of the season for the NFC West foes. The 49ers are coming off their first win of the season, beating the New York Giants prior to the bye. The Seahawks lost this past week on Monday Night Football to the Atlanta Falcons.
I decided to use the 49ers as one of my five SuperContest picks for Week 12. The 49ers are a 6.5-point home underdog, with Seattle’s defensive injuries keeping this line lower than it might otherwise be. But they remain a dangerous opponent as long as Russell Wilson is out there. He was the difference in the first game between these two, scoring a late touchdown to beat the 49ers. However, I am also concerned about Jimmy Graham in the red zone. He will likely match up against Eric Reid. It’s not an ideal matchup, and one the Seahawks will look to exploit.
That being said, the 49ers are as healthy as one can expect for a team with 17 players on injured reserve. And their defensive line in particular is healthy, getting Tank Carradine back. That could be huge against a sometimes porous Seahawks offensive line. I feel like the 49ers could very well spring an upset in this one, but we’ll see.
For the fourth straight season, I am back for the Westgate SuperContest. SB Nation's partners over at Odds Shark are sponsoring my entry again. The contest requires selecting 5 games each week and picking them against the spread. This year's contest is expected to have over 2,700 participants, which is a new record for the SuperContest. SB Nation is represented by myself, Matt Ufford, and Jason Kirk, and there are folks from all over the blogosphere involved. I went 3-2 last week, keeping my head above water for the time being. There is a running leaderboard here, but you can check how I’m doing against my Odds Shark teammates here. You can follow my standings under the name "Fooch.”
Here are my Week 12 SuperContest picks:
Here are all my picks for Week 12. I finished last week 9-5. That brings my season total to to 74-83-4. It’s my best week to date.
LIONS vs. Vikings (-3): Lions - LOSS
COWBOYS vs. Chargers (-2.5): Chargers - WIN
WASHINGTON vs. Giants (-7.5): Giants - LOSS
BENGALS vs. Browns (+8): Browns
EAGLES vs. Bears (+13.5): Bears
PATRIOTS vs. Dolphins (+16.5): Dolphins
CHIEFS vs. Bills (+9.5): Chiefs
FALCONS vs. Buccaneers (+9.5): Falcons
JETS vs. Panthers (-4.5): Jets
COLTS vs. Titans (-3): Colts
49ERS vs. Seahawks (-6.5): 49ers
RAMS vs. Saints (+2.5): Rams
CARDINALS vs. Jaguars (-5.5): Jaguars
RAIDERS vs. Broncos (+5): Raiders
STEELERS vs. Packers (+14): Steelers
RAVENS vs. Texans (+7): Ravens