Seahawks keys to success
Let me preface this piece by stating how disappointed I was to find the game was to be held the second week of the season. Preferably the Seattle Seahawks would face the 49ers at home during the second half of the season, as they did last year.
I knew that wasn’t going to happen but I would have loved to see it replace either the Cardinals or Rams game in week 7 or 8 respectively.
It just seems too early in the season to hold a game of this magnitude.
Also, I find that my voice isn’t prepared for a full game until at least the 3rd or 4th week.
The Seahawks‘ offensive line must play better than they did week 1 in Carolina. The Panthers have a good front 7 (lineman+linebackers), however the 49ers front 7 is better and probably the best in the league.
With the San Francisco defensive unit healthy the Seahawks offensive lineman are going to have to play very well in order to give Russell Wilson enough time to find open receivers. The interior of the line needs some push in the running game to allow Seattle’s running backs to build up momentum before they have to take on tacklers.
The Seahawks defensive line will need to create pressure on the quarterback while maintaining gap control. That has been an issue the Seahawks have struggled with in the past.
Colin Kaepernick will make the Seahawks pay with his legs if they do not remain gap sound.
The 49ers have an outstanding offensive line that gives Kaepernick time in the pocket. Having Cliff Avril and Chris Clemons back from injury could be a deciding factor in the Seahawks ability to even pressure the quarterback.
As of the time I am writing this is sounds like the Seahawks should have both players available for the game.
Ideally the Seahawks will also have Brandon Browner back to handle Anquan Boldin. If Browner is unable to play the Seahawks will need to roll coverage to Boldin’s side of the field. No matter what Seattle does they must keep Boldin from beating them.
An interesting thing about Colin Kaepernick is his lack of creativity spreading the ball around. Last season he targeted Michael Crabtree the vast majority of the time while this season 44% of his attempts have gone toward Boldin.
Add in a tight end and between Boldin and Vernon Davis they were targeted 67% of the time Colin threw the ball.
Last season in two games the Seahawks defense held Davis to a grand total of 1 reception so they need to just keep doing what they have been doing with him.
Game in and game out the Seahawks goal is to take care of the football while taking it away from their opponent on defense and in special teams.
If the Seahawks take care of the things I mentioned above while taking care of the football they will win the football game.
A lot has been made about the 49ers read option yet I don’t think I see it being a major factor in the outcome of this game. The Seahawks defense plays the read-option technically sound, for the most part, and has the athletes (Bobby Wagner, K.J. Wright, Malcolm Smith, & Earl Thomas) necessary to defend it.
I don’t expect to see the 42-13 blowout that we saw last year at CenturyLink Field, yes I still expect to be smiling Sunday night when the Seahawks beat the 49ers 27-17 against a record breaking crowd in Seattle!
I will be unable to attend the game but have made sure that 12’s will be using my tickets in my place. I ask that everyone reading this who is going to the game cheers a little extra for me.