The Seattle Seahawks have one of the most vaunted defenses in the NFL. On last Sunday, the defense once again showed why they are not to be taken lightly. The defense held Cam Newton to his worst statistical performance as a professional and held the Carolina Panthers to just seven points. They will need that type of performance again this week as they face the NFC Champion, San Francisco 49ers and Colin Kaepernick.
Kaepernick is coming off a game in which he threw for 412 yards, three touchdowns, and completed 69% of his passes. Throwing for 400 yards is great for any quarterback, but it is especially scary considering the fact he did not have to do much running to achieve those states. His running ability is supposed to be what opens up the offense.
Last season, in late December, the 49ers traveled to Seattle and the game was not close. The Seahawks won going away, 41-13. Kaepernick threw for 244 yards and one touchdown. His rushing was held in check as he only gained 31 yards. Obviously, he has more starts and a better understanding of the offense than he had last season. One would expect the game to be far more competitive this time around.
In Week 1, Anquan Boldin was Kaepernick’s favorite target. He had 13 receptions for 208 yards and a touchdown. The Seahawks boast a much better secondary than the Green Bay Packers, so it is unlikely that Boldin will have the same type of impact this week. Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner will not let Boldin dominate them physically. Any catch he gets will be a highly contested one.
The Seahawks play at another level when they are home and this is a statement game. Many people still view the Seahawks as the second best team in the NFC West. This is the opportunity to prove those critics wrong. Any charge in doing so will be lead by the defense, which by the end of the season could be the best in the league.
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