Week 2 SF vs. SEA Post Game Thoughts
With a late-game touchdown, the Seahawks edge the 49ers
Despite another week of struggles from the Seahawks’ offensive line, Russell Wilson eluded defenders and found a way to will a late-game touchdown to Paul Richardson, taking the lead 12–9. Seahawks rookie running back Chris Carson closed it out while the 49ers’ passing offense stalled.
San Francisco 49ers
DeForest Buckner — While the 49ers’ interior lineman did not register a sack, he was still dominant on Sunday, pressuring the quarterback nine times along with four quarterback hits. His presence alone, disrupted the Seahawks’ offensive line while allowing his teammates to notch three sacks. Buckner has been a Aaron Donald-caliber player so far this season. As a whole, the 49ers’ front seven has been excellent, allowing just 3.3 rushing yards per game while ranking 9th overall in defense.
Passing Offense — No one expected 49ers quarterback Brian Hoyer to light it up against the Seahawks’ Legion of Boom but cmon. Hoyer failed to pass for over 100 passing yards as head coach Kyle Shanahan went for quick, conservative throws to counter the Seahawks’ pass rush; Hoyer was only pressured three times. However, Hoyer only made two attempts down the field 10+ yards and failed on both occasions. It was frustrating to watch, especially when you consider that a competent passing offense would’ve probably been enough to come out with the win. 49ers receiver Marquise Goodwin had another key drop that would’ve moved the chains in the early game.
Carlos Hyde — The 49ers’ featured running back gashed the Seahawks 15 times for 124 rushing yards, including a career-high 61-yard run. Hyde ripped off two massive runs that led to two 49ers’ field goals and was essentially the only bright spot on offense.
Pass Protection — It says a lot about the team’s offense as a whole when you’re 14-point favorites in the home opener and fail to even score that amount. Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson was hit 10 times and sacked three times against a rebuilding 49ers’ team. Wilson and Co. were able to drive down the field on several occasions thanks to receiver Tyler Lockett, going 8-for-19 on 3rd down conversions. However, they only made three trips to red zone and failed to score touchdowns with drops from C.J. Prosise and Tanner McEvoy.
Chris Carson — As mentioned earlier, the rookie running back out of Oklahoma State became the Seahawks’ horse despite Thomas Rawls getting the start. Rawls’ ankle just didn’t look right while C.J. Prosise dropped a couple passes; Eddy Lacy was a healthy scratch. The Seahawks closed it with Carson, giving him 20 carries for 93 rushing yards. The Seahawks received the ball in the final 4:17 and relied on Carson to move the chains for two first-downs to finish out the game. It’s safe to say that Carson will be the feature back moving forward.
Is the glass half empty of full both teams? The Seahawks narrowly escaped with a win in a game they should’ve dominated while the 49ers’ defense played well enough to win the game if the offense could’ve done anything.
The San Francisco 49ers host the Los Angeles Rams for Thursday Night Football.
The Seattle Seahawks have a road game against the Tennessee Titans.