The Sound Barrier Will Be Broken
(Cue epic Seahawks music)
The time has come. Two teams, one division. Both beginning their journey to one single destination. Colin Kaepernick and the San Francisco 49ers have come to town. Russell Wilson and company will be awaiting them at the door step for a warm welcome.
Arguably the most hyped Seahawks game since the 2005 Super Bowl has finally come. The best rivalry in football will clash Sunday night. Who will take home the victory?
Which fan base will be celebrating with smack talk while the others fall silent on the online chat rooms? We will soon find out.
But first, what I’m watching for Sunday night.
Slowing the Super Smith Bros.
When analyzing this game, two points of reference are typically brought up. Seattle fans refer to the 42-13 beat down the Seahawks laid on the 49ers in week 16 of last year.
49er fans will point out the loss to the Falcons, as well as the team’s appearance in the Super Bowl. I prefer the former. The last time San Fran came to Seattle it was a blood bath. In the best sense of the word.
However, we must inquire that San Fran’s arguably best player – Justin Smith – was on the sideline with a torn tricep.
Not saying he would have changed the outcome, but his presence on the field greatly affects the run game and frees up Aldon Smith towards the outside.
Unfortunately, our biggest question mark on the offensive line - James Carpenter – will likely be lined up with Justin Smith all game. This will be Carpenter’s greatest challenge thus far.
Let’s hope he brings his A game.
Anquan Boldin vs The Legion
Well Anquan Boldin is back in our division folks. And he is on a tear as of late. Going back to his last 5 games, he has 588 yards and 5 touchdowns. Now the Packers don’t have the strongest secondary, but nevertheless Boldin is doing his thing. Fortunately we have a few options that will slow him down.
I would say Richard Sherman will lock him down, and that would be all she wrote. However, over half of his routes last week came from in the slot. Sherman isn’t at his best on the inside, and likely won’t follow Boldin there when he moves inward.
So it will be up to our nickel corners and linebackers to slow down the veteran wide out.
Vernon Davis vs Kam Chancellor
Good night stars, good night moon.
Amidst the annihilation last year, the hit of the year was laid out by our one and only “Bam Bam.”
Kaepernick lofted one down the sideline to Vernon Davis. Kam anticipated the pass and met Vernon with a shoulder to his chest just as the ball reached him.
The hit was clean, yet vicious, and the ball was knocked loose. Vernon was knocked a little loose as well, as he didn’t come back in the game. The play was flagged as unnecessary roughness, but the replay showed that the hit was in fact clean and the refs need to take their flags and shove them somewhere I won’t mention.
Kam Chancellor will likely get this match up several times again this Sunday night.
If I were Vernon, I’d think twice next time I go for a jump ball.
Brandon Mebane vs Himself
It was only a year ago that you could guarantee one thing from the Seahawks defense – the opponent wouldn’t be able to run on them.
They had the best run defense in the league, and it was a common site to see our defensive line in the backfield and runners being stopped for no gain. Then the second half of the season hit, and something changed.
Personnel? A bit.
Brandon Mebane? It seems so.
The man has been our anchor for the last 7 years. And has done so very effectively. But for some reason he is now being bullied by offensive lineman.
Last year against San Fran, Mebane was dominated. Frank Gore ran for 131 yards, averaging 8.2 yards a carry in their first match up. He averaged 6.2 yards BEFORE CONTACT. Due to huge, gaping holes in the offensive line.
Even in the blowout Frank Gore averaged 4.7 yards per carry. But the score was so lopsided he could only muster 6 carries.
Russell vs Kaepernick
Let’s be real. This is what everyone wants to see.
The rivalry began because of two great defenses. Now it is intensifying because of two electric, young quarterbacks.
Which one is better? Depends who you ask. But one thing is for sure, neither team would trade theirs for the world.
So which one will get the W?
Both QB’s had great first weeks. Kaepernick blew the lid off of the rumor that his game was one-dimensional. Sure, he can run. But he can also throw for 412 yards and 3 touchdowns.
He won’t be able to do that against Seattle, though.
We all remember the look in his eyes last season as the 12′s screamed their hearts out and nearly made the young kid deaf for the duration of the game.
The stakes are a bit higher this year. Will it be a little louder at Century Link? Oh, most definitely.
It is rare that a week 2 game carries so much importance. But we know how Russell handles pressure. Just give him the ball and watch what he does with it.