|Last 3 Games||3-0||+3||3-0||1-2||36.0||24.7||414.0||(6.7)||0.0||12.3||7.7||250.0||(4.3)||2.0|
|Offense (All Games)||28.3||13.8||20.2||30:54||33-146||(4.4)||17-26||65.2%||218||(8.3)||59-364||(6.1)||(12.9)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||23||11.9||19.6||30:06||27-112||(4.2)||21-34||62.5%||231||(6.7)||61-343||(5.6)||(14.9)|
|Offense Road Games||24.0||12.0||17.8||29:44||30-143||(4.8)||16-27||61.9%||196||(7.3)||56-339||(6)||(14.1)|
|Defense (All Games)||15.5||9.2||18.6||30:39||26-106||(4.1)||20-34||58.8%||177||(5.3)||60-284||(4.7)||(18.3)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.1||11.6||19.4||30:18||26-108||(4.1)||21-35||61.0%||226||(6.5)||61-334||(5.4)||(15.1)|
|Defense Road Games||17.0||10.0||21.0||32:13||27-113||(4.2)||22-35||61.5%||193||(5.4)||62-306||(4.9)||(18)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.5||0.7||1.2||1.0||13-5||40.5%||1-0||50.0%||2-41||(20.6)||3-34||(11.4)||8-74|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.7||1.6||2||13-5||38.5%||1-0||48.2%||2-51||(23.5)||19-2||(8.6)||6-55|
|Stats For (Road Games)||0.3||0.8||1.2||0.8||13-5||37.7%||1-0||40.0%||1-22||(16.7)||3-34||(12.2)||9-81|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.3||0.9||2.2|| ||14-5||38.0%||1-0||36.4%||3-67||(24.3)||1-2||(1.7)||6-53|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.6||1.6|| ||14-5||38.0%||1-0||46.1%||2-55||(24)||17-2||(8.2)||6-53|
|Stats Against (Road Games)||1.0||1.0||2.0|| ||13-5||39.5%||1-0||50.0%||2-60||(24)||1-3||(2.6)||4-43|
|Last 3 Games||2-1||+1||3-0||0-3||23.3||11.0||279.3||(5)||1.0||14.0||7.7||296.3||(4.8)||1.7|
|Offense (All Games)||24.7||13.7||17.2||29:58||32-131||(4.1)||15-25||57.9%||180||(7.1)||57-311||(5.5)||(12.6)|
|Opponents Defensive Avg.||22.6||11.7||19.5||30:53||27-110||(4.1)||21-33||62.7%||227||(6.8)||60-338||(5.6)||(15)|
|Offense Home Games||23.2||14.3||17.3||30:36||31-120||(3.9)||15-27||57.5%||198||(7.4)||57-318||(5.5)||(13.7)|
|Defense (All Games)||16.4||6.6||17.8||30:01||27-104||(3.9)||21-36||57.8%||208||(5.8)||62-312||(5)||(19)|
|Opponents Offensive Avg.||22.9||11.2||19.9||31:32||27-115||(4.2)||21-35||61.1%||233||(6.7)||62-348||(5.6)||(15.2)|
|Defense Home Games||16.8||8.0||18.8||29:24||27-118||(4.3)||20-36||56.3%||215||(6)||63-333||(5.3)||(19.8)|
|Stats For (All Games)||0.6||0.8||1.4||0.5||13-5||36.6%||1-1||70.0%||2-38||(21.6)||2-16||(8.2)||6-54|
|Opponents Avg. Stats Against||0.9||0.7||1.6||2.1||13-5||37.5%||1-0||46.0%||2-56||(23.9)||17-2||(8.3)||6-54|
|Stats For (Home Games)||0.5||0.7||1.2||1.0||13-4||32.5%||1-0||75.0%||2-42||(19.5)||2-16||(8.8)||6-49|
|Stats Against (All Games)||1.1||0.8||1.9|| ||14-5||33.9%||1-0||37.5%||3-68||(21.1)||3-20||(7.7)||6-58|
|Opponents Avg. Stats For||1||0.5||1.5|| ||14-5||38.5%||1-0||43.2%||2-51||(22.3)||19-2||(8.4)||6-55|
|Stats Against (Home Games)||1.3||0.8||2.2|| ||13-5||38.3%||1-0||33.3%||3-55||(19.5)||3-26||(9.6)||5-46|
|Average power rating of opponents played: SEATTLE 19.3, SAN FRANCISCO 20.3|
|10/28/2013||@ ST LOUIS||14-9||W||-13||L||43||U||15-44||10-18-91||0||37-200||15-31-139||2|
|12/8/2013||@ SAN FRANCISCO|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/15/2013||@ NY GIANTS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/22/2013||ARIZONA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/29/2013||ST LOUIS|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|11/17/2013||@ NEW ORLEANS||20-23||L||3.5||W||49.5||U||22-81||17-31-115||1||23-92||30-43-295||3|
|12/8/2013||SEATTLE|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/15/2013||@ TAMPA BAY|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/23/2013||ATLANTA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|12/29/2013||@ ARIZONA|| || || || || || || || || || || || |
|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). |
|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. |
|~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER PRO FOOTBALL PREVIEW (SEATTLE-SAN FRANCISCO) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ |
*Seahawks-49ers Preview* ========================
By JEFF MEZYDLO STATS Senior Writer
With a playoff spot already secured, the Seattle Seahawks can focus on achieving some loftier goals.
Though the San Francisco 49ers have been dominated by their division rivals in the last two meetings, they'll have more than revenge on their minds Sunday.
Looking for an eighth straight victory, the Seahawks can clinch the NFC West and a first-round bye while trying to avoid a fifth consecutive road defeat to the 49ers.
Owner of the NFL's best record, Seattle (11-1) earned a playoff berth after running its home win streak to 14 games with Monday's 34-7 rout of New Orleans.
"We accomplished something; we're a playoff team, which is great to know that," coach Pete Carroll said. "But that's not our goal, and we don't talk that way.
"We want to win this division, and that division gets us a chance to play at home, and that's what we're after. And then we'll talk about what comes next."
Looking for a single-season franchise-record sixth road win, the Seahawks can clinch the division and a first-round bye with a tie or a third straight victory over San Francisco (8-4). They need only split their final four games to earn home-field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.
"Everybody that is on this team understands that we are in a great position to do something that will last longer than our playing days and we're trying to take advantage of every opportunity that we have," said defensive end Red Bryant, who helped the Seahawks hold the high-powered Saints to a season-low 188 total yards.
However, the Seahawks likely don't expect their next challenge to be easy.
Seattle has held the 49ers to 520 total yards while outscoring them 71-16 in the last two meetings, but both came within the deafening confines of CenturyLink Field. The Seahawks, on the other hand, have been outscored 109-54 during their four-game skid at Candlestick Park.
While the 49ers can use that home success as a confidence-builder, avenging the last two losses in the series won't be their major means of motivation.
"I've never taken the revenge approach," coach Jim Harbaugh said. "Validation, we want to play well, we want to win. ... Your goal is to win the football game. That's really all-consuming, you want to win."
After outscoring Washington and St. Louis 50-19 in its last two games, San Francisco has a one-game lead for the NFC's final wild-card spot.
"You definitely want to come out and play well, at home, and show everybody what we can do against a really good team," fullback Bruce Miller said. "Right now, our goal is to finish out the year and keep winning games and get to the postseason."
Colin Kaepernick has done a solid job managing the 49ers offense by completing 65.4 percent of his passes while throwing four touchdowns and no interceptions over the last two weeks. However, during the 29-3 loss at Seattle on Sept. 15, he was 13 of 28 for 127 yards with three interceptions and a fumble while being sacked three times. He did rush nine times for 87 yards.
Teammate Frank Gore ran for 131 yards and caught five passes for 51 during last season's 13-6 home win over the Seahawks, but was held to 44 yards on 15 carries and one catch for 14 in the last two at Seattle.
The Seahawks' Marshawn Lynch has totaled five touchdowns in the last two games against the 49ers and averaged 104.8 rushing yards in the last four. The Seahawks have rushed for 348 yards in the last two versus San Francisco, which ranks 11th in the NFL against the run (105.5 yards per game).
Russell Wilson threw an INT without a TD in last season's loss at San Francisco, but has five touchdowns and two picks in the two wins. He's also completed 73.0 percent of his passes in his last four games overall, thrown 14 of his 22 touchdowns in the last six and only two of his six interceptions in the last seven.
In addition to trying to handle the Seahawks on both sides of the ball, the 49ers understand the importance of keeping their composure against an opponent that likes to trash talk. The teams combined for 22 penalties in the first 2013 meeting, with a season-high 12 for 121 yards by San Francisco.
The 49ers committed nine penalties during last Sunday's 23-13 home win over St. Louis, but only Tampa Bay has been penalized more often this season than Seattle.
"Any time you play a team and you lose, the next time you face them is definitely a statement game," San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis said. "Not just for us, but for anybody.
"So we have to go into this game playing hard, playing fast, and initially we have to make some noise right away. That's going to be the challenge for us. We have to go in and play this game the way it's supposed to be played."
Davis has recorded a TD in three straight games, but has four total receptions in the last three against the Seahawks and no touchdowns in his last five meetings. The 49ers' receiving corps will be healthier than in the first meeting, though, after Michael Crabtree made his season debut against the Rams and caught two passes for 68 yards.
San Francisco's offensive line, however, may be missing two of its anchors. Left tackle Joe Staley is likely out after he injured his knee last Sunday, while guard Mike Iupati may miss a third straight game with a similar injury.
Seattle receiver Percy Harvin hopes to play after he missed Monday's contest while dealing with soreness in his surgically repaired hip.
|Last Updated: 9/23/2014 1:24:20 PM EST|