It is going to be a very physical NFC West battle, as the Seattle Seahawks are looking to bounce back against the San Francisco 49ers after a tough divisional loss last week against the Arizona Cardinals. Russell Wilson will have to bring some of his magic in this game to come out on top.
These are the keys to a Seattle victory on Sunday:
Contain the 49ers Rushing Attack:
It is no secret, the 49ers are a very run-centric offense. They had been missing star running back Raheem Mostert, but the 49ers use multiple players to run the ball. The 49ers are currently ranked 8th in rushing yards per game with 138. With Mostert, Tevin Coleman, and Jeffery Wilson out for this game, the 49ers rushing attack will be limited.
Seattle’s front-seven has been very solid against the run throughout the season. The Seahawks are going to need Bobby Wagner to lead their front-seven to contain this rushing attack. It will be very physical in the trenches on Sunday, but if the Seahawks can contain the rushing attack of the 49ers, then they are going to have a good chance of winning this game.
Limit George Kittle:
While containing the 49ers rushing attack is the No. 1 priority for the Seahawks, they will have to focus on slowing down George Kittle, as well. Kittle is Jimmy Garoppolo’s favorite target. The 49ers use their dynamic rushing attack to set up the play-action pass, and that is where Kittle comes in. He is one of the league’s top tight ends and Seattle will have to give a lot of different looks to slow Kittle down.
If the Seahawks can hold Kittle to under 50 receiving yards, then they will have a great chance to win this game.
Attack the 49ers through the Air:
As I said before, the 49ers have been beaten up all season long. They are missing a few key players on defense, including Nick Bosa, Dee Ford, Solomon Thomas, and Richard Sherman. The pass rush is not what it was a year ago for the 49ers, which should allow Russell Wilson to have plenty of time to throw on Sunday.
Tyler Lockett and D.K. Metcalf should be heavily involved early and often. Look for Metcalf to have a bounce-back week after a very quiet two-catch performance last week. With Chris Carson’s availability in jeopardy, I expect Russell Wilson to target his receivers early and often in this game.
The Seahawks are favored by -2.5 points on Sunday. I’ll take the spread for Seattle and the over on 53.5 total points.
If Chris Carson misses this game as well, then Carlos Hyde could be an intriguing option for fantasy owners. If Hyde gets the start, I expect RB2 numbers from him.
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