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When the San Francisco 49ers square off against the Seattle Seahawks tomorrow, they will try and make it three consecutive games of holding Seahawks QB Russell Wilson under 200 passing yards. A team that made the biggest free-agent splash in signing WR Percy Harvin, the Seahawks will have to continue to rely on wide receivers WR Doug Baldwin, WR Sidney Rice, WR Golden Tate, and WR Jermaine Kearse due to Harvin being placed on the PUP (Physically Unable To Perform) list with hip surgery.
So with the 49ers secondary matching-up against the core of the same Seahawks receivers, how will the Niners defensive backs fare? Pretty well.
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With the Seahawks only having one current wide receiver who has surpassed the 1,000 yard mark in a season (Sidney Rice), the Niners secondary looks poised to make some noise on Sunday. Led by veterans CB Tarell Brown, CB Nnamdi Asomugha, and CB Carlos Rogers, the 49ers new look nickel/dime packages look promising. Not to mention, Pro Bowl SS Donte Whitner and rookie first-round pick (No. 18) FS Eric Reid, the 49ers match up nicely as they look to quiet the 12th man at CenturyLink Field.
However, simply looking the part on paper is one thing as the Niners secondary will surely need to clean up some of their deficiencies from last week’s season opener. Although, the 49ers defensive backs showed some progress in defending the receivers such as limiting Green Bay Packers WR James Jones, they still need to improve their tackling, as many of the Packers receivers broke loose for not only extra yards, but big gains resulting in either first-downs or touchdowns. This absolutely can not happen against the Seahawks or the Niners will quickly find themselves playing from behind.
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When it comes to this Sunday’s game against the Seahawks, the 49ers secondary match up well against the Seahawks receivers. The key to stopping the passing attack, will obviously be Wilson, as he is a mobile quarterback who likes to get outside the pocket. If the Niners defense can play discipline football, stay at home, while not missing their assignments, they should be able to not only hold Wilson under 200 passing yards but aid in helping them get their second consecutive victory of 2013.
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