When: Sunday, September 15th at 5:20pm Pacific Time
Where: CenturyLink Field in Seattle, Washington
TV: NBC (National)
Northern California: KNTV 11 San Francisco/San Jose; KCRA 3 Sacramento
Northwest Area: KING 5 Seattle; KGW 8 Portland, Ore.
Returning To Seattle- The San Francisco 49ers in Week 2 of the 2013 NFL season get their annual trip to the Emerald City out of the way early. The weather conditions unlike last December will be a lot nicer. That's about as nice as it's going to get. The rest of it is a cross between one of the NFL's more hostile environments for a visiting team and a host who makes rudeness their number one priority. To say the Seahawks do not like the 49ers is an understatement to say the very least. The players don't like each and even the head coaches (Jim Harbaugh and Pete Carroll) have an arch rivalry that extends both off the field and all the way to when they were in the Pac 12 Conference. As for the teams:
49ers- The 49ers because of this game being early in the season made last weeks opening day win over Green Bay that much more meaningful and critical in the grand scheme of things. The 49ers know going into CenturyLink field may be arguably the toughest test they get all season (and the 49ers are going to get tough tests all season long). Colin Kaepernick who was successful with read options in the past found out against the Packers this season will present a new wrinkle. Seattle will be even harder to run on thus meaning success the passing game will be key to being able to win this game. Anquan Boldin had quite the debut last week. Expect him to be double teamed this week, however also expect the 11 year NFL veteran to make plays too. The rest of the 49ers receiving corps to step up their game if San Francisco to have a chance. The running game if it can be established will be helpful. Carolina was able to run some on Seattle last weekend.
On defense, the Packers Aaron Rogers threw for 333 yards and gave the 49ers secondary fits all day. Now the assignment is going to be trying to contain Russell Wilson. Wilson last week made plays however Carolina was able for the most part was able to keep his effectiveness to a minimum. Coping what the Panthers did on defense last week is not a bad idea. The 49ers defense will need to be quicker.
Seahawks- The Seattle receiving corps has plenty of talent to go around. Sidney Rice, Doug Baldwin, Golden Tate and Jermaine Kearse give Wilson a number of good targets to throw to. Marshawn Lynch is the one who is expected to carry the payload for the ground game. On defense, the Seahawks present one of the NFL's toughest units to score on. Led by Richard Sherman, Kam Chancelor, Earl Thomas, Chris Clemons, Brandon Mebane, Earl Thomas and more the Seahawks are known as one of the most intimidating defenses in the NFL. They are as tough of a unit as the 49ers will face this season.
Kingshark Line- This will be a very tough test and hostile environment for the 49ers to play in. If they win here, it could springboard them to greater things down the road. If Seattle wins, it's week two and plenty of football yet to be played. Prediction: 49ers 20 Seahawks 17. The Seahawks have spent the week talking about 42-13. The 49ers aren't living in the past.