Sunday Night Football will be a hotly contested matchup as the 49ers travel north to face the Seahawks. These are two of the favorites to win the Super Bowl and the atmosphere in Seattle should be electric. We break down Sunday night's NFC West grudge match with our betting tale of the tape:
The 49ers marched all over the field in Week 1 against Green Bay totaling 494 yards in the 34-28 victory. The bulk of that was through the air, however, as Frank Gore and the 49er rushing attack was largely ineffective. But quite the aerial attack it was. Colin Kaepernick and Anquan Boldin looked like they had been playing together for years as Boldin hauled in 13 catches for 208 yards and TE Vernon Davis added a pair of touchdown catches.
The Seahawks only managed 12 points against the Carolina Panthers one week ago, but looked threatening at times. Until they got into the red zone that is. Seattle finished Week 1 0-for-3 inside the 20 and the lone touchdown came on a 43 yard pass play to Jermaine Kearse. Marshawn Lynch struggled to get anything going against Carolina, save for a 14 yard scamper. He finished with 43 yards on 17 carries.
Edge: San Francisco
Aaron Rodgers gave the 49er defense all they could handle as the Packers racked up 322 passing yards and 385 yards of total offense. The defensive unit did make some plays including an interception and a fumble recovery. LB NaVorro Bowman picked up where the 2012 season left off as he collected eight tackles and a pass deflection.
Seattle gets the pleasure of facing another athletic QB after containing Cam Newton in Week 1. The stingy Seahawk defensive squad kept Newton at bay for the most part, but struggled stopping the run. DeAngelo Williams rumbled his way to 86 yards on 17 carries for 5.1 ypc. The Seahawks only managed one sack on Cam Newton and must up the pressure against Kaepernick.
New 49ers kicker Phil Dawson was one of the top kickers one season ago and was 2-for-3 in Week 1. He did miss a 48-yard attempt on his first try in his new 49er uniform. The 49ers are looking for some stability on field goal attempts from 40 yards and out, so it wasn't the best of starts for the veteran.
Steven Hauschka went 2-for-2 in Week 1 with a 27 yard FG and a 40 yard FG. Hauscka is pretty reliable up to 50 yards. He was 23-for-23 from 49 yards and in one season ago, but just 1-for-4 beyond the 50.
“He’s really coming into his own as a leader, a quarterback and a player. We weren’t operating on all cylinders as an offense last week, but to be able to have the kind of day he had, to lead us to a victory at the end speaks volumes, 400-plus yards passing, no picks, three touchdowns, pretty good start for the season. And it’s just something that we've got to continue to improve on, and he’s the kind of guy that’s going to do that every day.” - 49ers OC Greg Roman on Colin Kaepernick
"He has this ability to change directions that makes him extremely quick and that suddenness is what gets him open but then it goes to the savvy that he has and the time he's spent working with Russell. Those guys really are relying on seeing things in the same fashion and being able to take advantage of the opportunities." - Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on WR Doug Baldwin.