The Seahawks are one win away from the playoffs in 2018. To see if the 49ers will put up a fight in week I asked Niners Noise five questions.
The Seahawks are almost home, 12s. With one more victory in their last three games they will make the postseason in 2018. This is an example of exceeding expectations. But the 49ers, Seattle’s week 15 foe, won’t roll over either. In fact, San Francisco is coming off a win over the Broncos in week 14.
In week 13 when Seattle played San Francisco, I asked Peter Panacy of FanSided’s 49ers blog, Niners Noise, five questions about the 49ers. It was so much fun, I asked a whole new set of questions for week 15. Here is what Peter had to say.
49ers gaining more confidence?
12th Man Rising: The 49ers pulled off a bit of a surprise when in week 14 they defeated the Broncos. What did you think about the win and will it give the 49ers a lot more confidence going into the Seahawks game?
Peter Panacy: It’s the first real upset the Niners have had this season. And while Denver was banged up, offensively, managing a great first half sure was promising. Especially when looking at that Broncos pass rush. That said, the 49ers offense fell quiet in the second half, although the defense managed to hold this time despite the team’s tendencies to cough up second-half leads. That should be a confidence booster, especially considering head coach Kyle Shanahan went with a lot of his rookies during the game.
Where all that should be applicable versus the Seahawks is twofold. First, the Niners did a good job preventing Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay, who is still the league leader in yards per carry. That should bode well against a run-first, run-heavy Seahawks crop. Second, Denver’s pass rush is pretty darned good, not unlike that of the Seahawks. Despite three sacks allowed in Week 14, the 49ers offense held up against the Broncos’ front seven. If that works again, the Niners offense will have a chance versus Seattle.