The Seattle Seahawks host the San Francisco 49ers in week two of the National Football League season...the Seahawks finished half a game behind the 49ers last year and have a defense which is the equal of San Francisco's. This home game for Seattle is an early season chance to make a point that their December 23, 2012 wipe out (42-13) of the 49ers can be replicated. Can it? Was it one of those late season flukes because San Francisco was coasting? The October 18, 2012 in match up between Seattle and San Francisco in San Francisco was won by the 49ers, 13-6.
The 49ers ran up huge offensive numbers despite losing the Super Bowl last February. Last week against the Packers the San Fran offense threw for 404 yards (494 total yards) which was the third highest number in the league. Russell Wilson threw for a big 320 yards last week in Seattle's 12-7 win over the Carolina Panthers, but they only scored 12 points.
San Francisco defensive coordinator Vic Fangio is concerned about keeping Russell Wilson, the Seahawks quarterback, contained. Seattle has much the same concern with containing Colin Kaepernick. Fangio was quoted in a story written by Andrew Pentis commenting on the difficulty of keeping track of Russell Wilson:
His lack of height helps him, I think, because he's less of a target to get to. He's a tough assignment.
Justin Smith, a defensive lineman with the 49ers , who is 6' 4" and 285 pounds, indicated the importance of keeping Wilson's running lanes difficult to access. Justin Smith said:
He's just a fast, quick, elusive guy. You've got to mind your lanes because he'll squeeze out and get rolling on you.
Check out the attached video and see what Seattle head coach Pete Carroll has to say about the 49ers-Seahawks rivalry.
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