|Last 3 Games||1-0||+1||1-0||1-0||34.0||14.0||494.0||(6.8)||0.0||28.0||14.0||385.0||(6.9)||2.0|
|Offense (All Games)||34.0||14.0||23.0||38:35||34-90||(2.6)||27-39||69.2%||404||(10.4)||73-494||(6.8)||(14.5)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||34||14||23||39:35||34-90||(2.6)||27-39||69.2%||404||(10.4)||73-494||(6.8)||(14.5)|
|Defense (All Games)||28.0||14.0||23.0||21:25||19-63||(3.3)||21-37||56.8%||322||(8.7)||56-385||(6.9)||(13.7)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||28||14||23||21:25||19-63||(3.3)||21-37||56.8%||322||(8.7)||56-385||(6.9)||(13.7)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.0||0.0||0.0||2.0||18-9||50.0%||1-1||100.0%||2-60||(30)||2-8||(4)||11-85|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0||0||0||0||18-9||50.0%||1-1||100.0%||2-60||(30)||8-2||(4)||11-85|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.0||1.0||2.0|| ||10-4||40.0%||0-0||0.0%||3-40||(13.3)||2-25||(12.5)||5-44|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||1||2|| ||10-4||40.0%||0-0||0.0%||3-40||(13.3)||25-2||(12.5)||5-44|
|Last 3 Games||1-0||+1||1-0||0-1||12.0||3.0||370.0||(6.3)||1.0||7.0||7.0||243.0||(5.1)||2.0|
|Offense (All Games)||12.0||3.0||18.0||30:14||26-70||(2.7)||25-33||75.8%||300||(9.1)||59-370||(6.3)||(30.8)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||12||3||18||30:14||26-70||(2.7)||25-33||75.8%||300||(9.1)||59-370||(6.3)||(30.8)|
|Defense (All Games)||7.0||7.0||16.0||29:46||25-124||(5)||16-23||69.6%||119||(5.2)||48-243||(5.1)||(34.7)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||7||7||16||30:46||25-124||(5)||16-23||69.6%||119||(5.2)||48-243||(5.1)||(34.7)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.0||1.0||1.0||1.0||13-6||46.2%||0-0||0.0%||0-0||(0)||4-48||(12)||9-109|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0||1||1||-1||13-6||46.2%||0-0||0.0%||0-0||(0)||48-4||(12)||9-109|
|Stats Against (All Games)||0.0||2.0||2.0|| ||11-5||45.5%||0-0||0.0%||0-0||(0)||2-10||(5)||4-46|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||0||2||2|| ||11-5||45.5%||0-0||0.0%||0-0||(0)||10-2||(5)||4-46|
|Average power rating of opponents played: SAN FRANCISCO 28, SEATTLE 23|
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|SAN FRANCISCO: The 49ers have a big, man-blocking offensive line and frequently use either a fullback or a second tight end. The backfield is a committee, but there are plenty of touches to go around. Frank Gore is still the leader, getting a feature back workload for all intents and purposes, and Kendall Hunter will spell him in their more traditional looks. They'll also run a ton of zone read stuff for Colin Kaepernick, and will use second-year man LaMichael James in those packages more frequently. Converted defensive end Bruce Miller is strictly a blocker at fullback. Marcus Lattimore will likely have a redshirt year.
It's a lot of play-action, pistol formations and a lot of moving around for Kaepernick. His No. 1 target Michael Crabtree will be sidelined until at least December, and is more of a possession receiver, while TE Vernon Davis is going to stretch the field more often than either starting receiver. The Niners don't use a lot of three- and four-receiver looks, but they could rotate A.J. Jenkins into the game more often to provide more long speed on the outside. Mario Manningham is a question mark for the start of the season coming off torn knee ligaments. Gore takes about half their touches inside the 10 and will maintain goal line duties. They will let Kaepernick do his thing near the goal line.
The 49ers defense was truly elite last year (17.1 PPG allowed, 2nd in NFL; 294 total YPG allowed, 3rd in NFL). It might be even better in 2013 after adding CB Nnamdi Asomugha, rookie FS Eric Reid and DT Glenn Dorsey. DEs Aldon Smith (19.5 sacks) and Justin Smith are both healthy, and ILBs NaVorro Bowman (148 tackles) and Patrick Willis (120 tackles) comprise the best linebacker duo in the NFL. CB Tarell Brown (13 PD) is an underrated corner and SS Donte Whitner provides quite a wallop when making a tackle. |
|SEATTLE: The Seahawks were the most run-heavy team in the NFL last year, and they'll be up there again this season. They have big, physical linemen who operate a zone-blocking scheme with a lot of inside zone runs by Marshawn Lynch. Lynch remains the feature back, running behind fullback Michael Robinson. Rookie Christine Michael could push Robert Turbin for the No. 2 job. They don't have many designed running plays for Russell Wilson, but he does have the neon green light to scramble.
Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell's West Coast passing game took off in the second half of last season, and they'll get even more creative with Percy Harvin, the league's most dangerous catch-and-run threat. Harvin will line up everywhere, including the backfield, and see a lot of screens and be targeted frequently on rollouts. Wilson's pocket moves around, and they'll use play-action to open things up deep for Sidney Rice and Golden Tate. Zach Miller is a popular play-action target but will see fewer targets with Harvin coming in. They rarely use their backs as receivers. Seattle gets more aggressive with the passing game inside the 20, with Rice being the primary target and both tight ends (Miller and Anthony McCoy) involved. Otherwise, it's a whole lot of Lynch.
The Seahawks led the NFL in scoring defense in 2012 (15.3 PPG allowed), and generated 15 forced turnovers and five touchdowns in their final six games. Their subpar pass rush should improve greatly under new defensive coordinator Dan Quinn, who has several DE/OLB types to run his more aggressive scheme, including former Lions DE Cliff Avril (29 sacks since 2010). New CB Antoine Winfield (72 solo tackles) joins a stacked secondary that already includes CB Richard Sherman (8 INT) and FS Earl Thomas (3 INT). |
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(CLARIFIES 20th graf to reflect one of Lynch's TDs as receiving.)
*49ers-Seahawks Preview* ========================
By NICOLINO DIBENEDETTO STATS Writer
Aldon Smith may think it's just another game, but the verbal sniping between the San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks proves otherwise.
A primetime matchup between two of the NFL's top young quarterbacks only adds to the attention.
Colin Kaepernick and Russell Wilson are both looking to build on the best statistical performances of their respective careers Sunday night, when the 49ers visit the Seahawks in a meeting of bitter NFC West rivals.
San Francisco has won two straight division titles since Seattle claimed one of its own despite a 7-9 record in 2010. The 49ers edged the Seahawks to last year's crown by one-half game en route to their first Super Bowl in 18 years.
Still, Smith isn't prepared to put any importance on a September meeting between rivals expected to spend much of the season battling for NFC West supremacy.
"Uh, what about it? Just another game," said the Pro Bowl linebacker, who set a 49ers record with 19 1/2 sacks last season.
The Seahawks would seem to disagree after 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh took shots at them during the summer for having five players suspended for performance-enhancing drugs dating back to 2011.
"You always want to be above reproach, especially when you're good, because you don't want people to come back and say, 'They're winning because they're cheating,'" Harbaugh said then.
Harbaugh allegedly further stoked the flames last year, honking his horn at the Seahawks' bus after his team won 13-6 at home in Week 7.
Despite Harbaugh's denials, Seattle is still insulted.
"Of course we'd take it that way," safety Earl Thomas said. "When you carry yourself like a champion on and off the field, good stuff is going to happen for you. ... I don't think our coach (Pete Carroll) would do that."
For Kaepernick, there's a simple solution come Sunday.
"You go out and make plays, the chirping stops," he said.
Kaepernick did plenty of that last week, completing 27 of 39 passes for a career-high 412 yards with three touchdowns to lead San Francisco to a 34-28 season-opening win over Green Bay in a rematch of last season's divisional playoff.
He wasn't nearly that effective in a 42-13 loss at CenturyLink Field in Week 16 last year, going 19 of 36 for 244 yards with one TD and one interception.
Wilson, meanwhile, had a career-high four TD passes in that meeting.
His start to 2013 was a bit shaky before eventually leading the Seahawks to a 12-7 win at Carolina last Sunday. Wilson was 1-for-5 passing before hitting 24 of his next 28 to finish with a career-best 320 yards, 43 coming on a go-ahead scoring toss to Jermaine Kearse midway through the fourth quarter.
"We just didn't get it done the way we like. I contributed to that so I've got to make sure I help out and do the right things to make sure we get on track with what is really important to us," Carroll said.
One area in need of improvement is the running game, which produced just 70 yards on 26 carries against the Panthers. Marshawn Lynch was held to 43 on 17 rushes.
Lynch, though, has 321 yards on 66 attempts and three touchdowns - one receiving - over the past three meetings with San Francisco.
Disrupting Kaepernick and the 49ers' offense could be made easier with Cliff Avril expected back from a hamstring injury. The Seahawks, who signed the former Detroit defensive end to a two-year, $15 million contract, gave up 134 rushing yards and registered only one sack last week.
Seattle finished last season tied for 18th with 36 sacks, but eight came against the Packers in Week 3.
Avril's 39 1/2 over his first five seasons led the Lions, and he got 20 1/2 over the past two.
Brandon Browner, suspended four games in December due to PEDs, may also be back from a hamstring injury, and one of his three INTs last year came at San Francisco.
Fellow cornerback Richard Sherman picked off Kaepernick in Week 16.
Browner and Sherman will have to account for Anquan Boldin, Kaepernick's favorite target last weekend. The veteran wide receiver grabbed 13 passes for 208 yards and a score in his Niners debut, and credits the performance to his rapport with the signal caller.
"The more we play together the better we'll be," Boldin said. "The great thing me and Kap have is communication. We've been able to communicate throughout the entire camp on every play."
Smith could play a major role if he can pressure Wilson. He sacked him once in two meetings last year, but had 1 1/2 versus Green Bay.
Despite Smith's feelings on the game's importance, a victory Sunday will provide an early edge in the division before the Week 14 rematch in San Francisco.
"They think they're the best, we think we're the best," 49ers running back Frank Gore said.
|Last Updated: 8/28/2014 10:25:57 AM EST|