These 49ers could be trouble for the Seahawks on Sunday
If you just look at the passing stats for the 49ers quarterbacks, you’d never see any difference between Brian Hoyer and C. J. Beathard. Hoyer is now living the good life of carrying a clipboard for the likely AFC champion New England Patriots, while Bobby Beathard’s grandson is getting his lumps back in San Francisco. See if you can tell who is who from their stat lines:
You may realize that Hoyer had six starts and Beathard four, in which case you’d guess that Hoyer is player A, as he has fewer attempts. And you’d be right. His completion percentage is a bit lower, takes a few more hits, has a slightly lower passer rating, but he’s basically the same guy, right?
Nope. Take a look at their rushing stats:
Beathard adds a completely different dimension to the 49ers offense than Hoyer. He’s not exactly Russell Wilson, as he’s averaging about half the yardage as our MVP candidate is. That being said, Beathard isn’t a statue, either. Note he has three rushing touchdowns already, just one fewer than Hyde. The Seahawks can’t lose sight of Beathard in the red zone. Jimmy Garoppolo is waiting in the wings, of course, should things head south early for Beathard.
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All that being said, the Seahawks still has a good defense, even without All-World players like Kam Chancellor and Richard Sherman. I expect the game to be tight, but the Seahawks will handle both of the 49ers offense stars and come home with a win.