With the San Francisco 49ers owning arguably the best offensive line in the NFL, as they’re already in mid-season form after the season opener, the Seattle Seahawks on the other hand are a work in progress. Playing with a shaky offensive line that sees G James Carpenter and G Paul McQuistan rotate in the game, the Seahawks have a harder time building any continuity. This was evident last week as the Carolina Panthers defense was applying pressure on QB Russell Wilson for much of the first-half.
However, Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll understands that Wilson’s mobility is a huge part of their success saying:
Scrambling is inherent to how we play.
So with the Panthers being able to apply pressure throughout the game, what can the 49ers front seven expect on Sunday? More of the same.
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Led by OLB Aldon Smith, the 49ers front seven will be in the offensive backfield all game, forcing Wilson to scramble and improvise. The challenge will be bringing down Wilson before he can get rid of the ball, not to mention cutting down on the numerous missed tackles against the Green Bay Packers.
Last week, the Seahawks only mustered 70 yards rushing against the Panthers defense, and will look to re-establish the run early in order to keep the offense balanced. That may be easier said than done. Although RB Marshawn Lynch has averaged over 100 yards in his last three games against the 49ers, there is a new clog in the middle that goes by the name of NT Ian Williams. A faster and more athletic nose tackle, Williams will look to shed blockers at the point of attack and force Lynch to go elsewhere with the ball. A player that can also get some push up the middle, look for him and DE Justin Smith and DE Ray McDonald to set the tone and push the Seahawks lineman backwards.
When looking at the 49ers front seven versus the Seahawks offensive line, the edge clearly favors San Francisco. With four All-Pro’s one one side and only two Pro Bowl talents on the other (C Max Unger & OT Russell Okung) expect the 49ers to attack the Seahawks and take advantage of the Seahawks interior.
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