The 49ers haven’t won a game in Seattle since the 2011 season. They swept the Seahawks that year, split with them the next two years, and were skunked in 2014 and 2015.
Still, our boys have a golden opportunity to end this drought next Sunday. Seattle is struggling without Niner killer Marshawn Lynch, and Russell Wilson has a high ankle sprain that has robbed him of his biggest weapon — his scrambling ability.
Against the Rams last week, Wilson was virtually immobile, forced to get the ball out fast or be squashed. IOW, he experienced first hand what it was like to be a 49er QB in 2015. Even so, he might very well have beaten the Rams with a game ending drive if Lynch replacement and former bust Christine Michael hadn’t fumbled the ball away deep in Rams territory.
The Niner O-line has been vastly improved this year, but Seattle’s has not. It seems like the Seahawks don’t bother much with the O-line, since Wilson is so elusive that most pass rushers are over-matched trying to catch him. That won’t be the case Sunday.
OTOH, the Niners don’t have near the pass rush that the Rams do. Plus, they’ll be selling out to stop the run. Just like Seattle will be doing. This game will probably be a low scoring affair, with a couple of big plays from either team determining the outcome. Seattle will be at home, has more big play guys and a much better defense, so it’s hard to pick against them.
But, it’s football and who knows, maybe the Niners will pull off the upset.
Below are a couple of pics from last Sunday’s game against the Panthers.
The first depicts a clueless Panther fan making a fool out of herself in front of several million TV viewers on the East and West coasts. At least out here in the Bay Area, we know how to fly a banner right side up. This poor woman went home from the game more embarrassed than the 49er team. Quite a feat. Alas, for the rest of her life, whenever anyone looks a bit askance at her, she’ll be thinking, “They know! They saw! They laughed! OMG!!!”
This second pic clearly shows, as Ahmad Brooks predicted, the fear and trembling Cam Newton felt as he looked out over the 49er defense before barking out the signals for the next play. An obviously terrified soul.