Seahawks week 10: 6 questions about the 49ers with Niner Noise
By Lee Vowell
Seahawks vs. 49ers: Who wins?
12th man Rising: It’s primetime Monday night. The 49ers will win because? Or the 49ers get upset because?
Peter Panacy: The Niners win because they don’t allow Wilson to see field time. He can’t beat teams on the sideline. Seattle’s defense is allowing an average of 4.7 yards per carry, which ranks 23rd best in the NFL. That plays right into San Francisco’s offensive game plan under Shanahan, as the 49ers are averaging 171 rush yards per game.
Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo had a career-high four-touchdown game against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 9, but he doesn’t need to “go off” for the Niners to win. Shanahan’s offense is built around the run. And if it’s successful, look for the 49ers to command the clock and offensive tempo, which has been a staple for the majority of their wins this season.
At the same time, the 49ers have been vulnerable against the run, too, and Seattle is more than adept at moving the ball on the ground this season. Carson could be a key X-factor.
Similarly, Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray showed how an elusive signal-caller within a collapsing pocket can create problems for even the best of defenses. Wilson has been doing that sort of things for years now, meaning the kind of pressure the 49ers have been generating this season may not be effective as it normally has been.
If Wilson is allowed to make the kinds of plays he has seemingly done so with ease this season, the Niners will be in trouble.