There used to be a time, young Seahawks fans, when Seattle was expected to win most every game. But not so much in 2022.
And even though the Seahawks vanquished former quarterback Russell Wilson and his new band of merriment, the Denver Broncos, in Week 1, our staff has seemingly even less hope for Week 2. Why? I’m not sure we know.
After all, Seattle has defeated San Francisco in 17 of the last 20 meetings between the teams. Sure, Seattle had Wilson in all those games but Seattle just defeated Wilson this past week with his new team.
Maybe it’s our collective fear that the 49ers defense is much better than the Broncos was. Geno Smith was nearly perfect in the first half against Denver and we aren’t so sure he can do the same thing against the 49ers.
Our staff looks into the crystal ball and sees a Seahawks loss in Week 2
Still, 49ers quarterback Trey Lance hasn’t yet proven he can be great and Seattle offense can probably be better in Week 2 than it was in the second half of Week 1. But basically, anything can happen between two intradivision rivals and even if we expect a San Francisco victory, most of us expect a very close game.
It could be that Seattle simply has a letdown of sorts in Week 2. Sure, the 49ers also play in the NFC West but beating Russell Wilson is probably the most important thing Seatle will do this year. The emotions ran high in Week 1 and this is a young Seattle team that might find it difficult to bounce back just six days later to play the 49ers.
Staff predictions Week 2
Todd Vandenberg: Seahawks 23 49ers 18
Jake Luppino: 49ers 23 Seattle 20
Geoff Shull: 49ers 28 Seattle 17
Andrew Bailie: 49ers 20 Seattle 10
Karley Sibert: 49ers 20 Seattle 14
Matt Holm: 49ers 16 Seattle 13
Max Downard: 49ers 17 Seattle 10
Lee Vowell: 49ers 17 Seattle 14