Greg Cote

Greg Cote’s Thursday NFL pick: Seahawks over 49ers

San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick scrambles against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Seattle.
San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick scrambles against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, in Seattle. AP

SEAHAWKS (2-4) AT 49ERS (2-4)

Line: SEA by 6.

Cote’s pick: SEA 20-13.

TV: 8:30 p.m. Thursday, CBS/NFLN (airing in South Florida).

As NFL Week 7 kicks off we would note that only 8.3 percent of teams with 2-4 records since 1990 (14 of 168) have gone on to make the playoffs. I still think Seattle will be one of those exceptions, but they need to get on a roll. They did a year ago, when two losses in a row in October were followed by a 9-1 run to end the season. Seahawks have led in fourth quarter of all four losses, which tells me they aren’t very far from being very good. They also are on a 5-1 series roll vs. their NFC West-rival 49ers. Colin Kaepernick has raised his game the past couple of weeks but has a terrible 54.1 career passer rating vs. this opponent, his personal nemesis, while Russell Wilson is 3-0 in Thursday night games. The point spread feels a tad big for what figures as a low-scoring game, but I like the ’Hawks as a touchdown better.

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