This Sunday night, 67,000 of the NFL’s loudest fans, will do all that they can, to lift their Seattle Seahawks past the San Francisco 49ers. The 12th man will provide a much needed advantage for the Hawks, as they compete for the chance to call themselves, the NFL’s best. With the entire country watching the nationally televised matchup, the Seahawks are hoping to reclaim their spot atop ESPN’s NFL Power Ranking’s.
Following their Week 1 performance, the Hawks are looking to achieve similar defensive results and rebound from their abysmal 70 yards rushing. This week, the Hawks are faced with the challenge of containing 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick’s skill set is identical to Panthers QB Cam Newton’s, and the Hawks will attempt to duplicate last week’s defensive performance; holding Newton to only 38 yards rushing and 125 yards passing. In order to stop Kaepernick and the Niners, the defense has to continue their success against the pass and the read-option. The Hawks play terrific man to man defense, and in the past the line backing corp has done a great job against the read-option. Rushing the ball however, the Hawks need to improve. The Offensive line will do anything to avoid reliving their performance last week. This week, the O-line faces a much tougher defense and will attempt to ignite their running game despite their previous challenges.
Although, Russell had success through the air last week, his passing performance this week, relies on the running game’s success. Beast Mode and company, have to get it done on the ground against the 49ers. RB Marshawn Lynch’s performance will indicate the overall success of the offense. His ability to run, provides a necessary offensive balance against the Niner’s defense. The entire offense is dependent on the O-line and Marshawn Lynch this week.
Containing Kaepernick and stopping 49ers RB Frank Gore, are the two main focus’ for the Seahawks defense. With the reliability of the secondary, a majority of the attention is focused on their defensive line. Not completely healthy last week, the D-line played so-so. There was a vacancy of QB pressure, and they had significant trouble stopping the run. The Hawks have to play better at D-line and minimize Gore’s presence, in order to beat the Niners.
Although they were banged up last Sunday, the Hawks managed to pull out a win. This week however, they face some key losses in addition to some of their previously injured players; DT Brandon Mebane, DT Tony McDaniel, DE Cliff Avril, and WR Sidney Rice all remain probable for Sundays game. DE Chris Clemons remains questionable, and CB Brandon Browner remains doubtful. Browner was the only player listed that did not practice fully on Friday.
MLB Bobby Wagner – If the D-line isn’t effective, Wagner will be. Wagner will play a big role in stopping the run.
WR Golden Tate – With Rice less than 100%, expect Tate to get a lot of deep targets from Russell Wilson.
Stay tuned for the Hawks Week 2 Recap! Go Hawks