Game 3 of the treacherous 5 game start to the 2016 season continues in Seattle, the land of Rainier Beer, Jimi Hendrix, Nirvana, and year-round wet clothing. Seattle, for its part is coming off a couple of very uninspiring games. Offensively anyway. They have scored a grand total of 15 points in their victory over the Dolphins, and their loss to the Rams. Defensively of course, they are still formidable.
Our offense? Kind of a mixed bag of trix. While we have scored 55 points in 2 games, there have been too many 3-and-outs, notably in the 3rd quarter. Our quarterback has been inconsistent, quick to check down, and goes through stretches were he throws grounders, and the run game has been haphazard. Hyde has looked good at times, but the run game was shut down by the Panthers.
Thing is though. the Rams and the Panthers have good defenses. As does Seattle. So, where does that leave us? Well, our defense has done good against a shitty team (Rams 185 yards, 0 points), and bad against a great team (Carolina 529 yards, 46 points), so, again, a Mexican standoff when you look at the numbers. Seattle, for all intents and purposes, look more like the Rams than the Panthers so far, but that doesn’t mean anything. Russell Wilson is hurting with a high ankle sprain, and has lost a lot of mobility. Teams are taking advantage of that, and Seattle is struggling to score. Beast Mode is gone, and their offensive line has been a different kettle of fish with Max Unger gone.
So the name of the game is pressure. Get to Russell, and we should be able to control the game. Leave him alone like we left Newton unscathed last week vs Carolina, and we can expect to lose. Simple as that. Playing the safeties deep to keep things from going over the top is well and good, but it lets underneath stuff in and Seattle will try to take advantage of that. I think we may need to gamble more if we aren’t getting pressure early. We can’t let another QB play pitch and catch all day.
21-12 Niners . . .