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Russell Wilson tiptoes around offensive line issues

Russell Wilson tiptoes around offensive line issues”

The last meeting in Week 17 of the 2016 season was the only Seattle victory during that stretch decided by fewer than 10 points. Did the relatively fast weight increase put more stress on his knee tendons?

The 2017 iteration pieced together by John Lynch and Shanahan is in Year 1 of a long rebuilding phase. The 49ers ran for 51 yards as a team and gained 217 yards of offense while coughing up a pair of turnovers. Seattle finished with 225 total yards and was 3 of 12 on third downs. The problem was that the 49ers were playing from behind all day, so the team had to pass. "We both want to win; we both need to win". If you get behind on these guys, they don't have to blitz anybody.

"Protecting the football and not getting behind on down and distance", Hoyer said of this week's goals.

The amount of mistakes made by San Francisco in Week 1 had some comparing their opening contest to a preseason game.

We'll begin with the offensive side of the ball ...

That's nothing new to Seattle's Russell Wilson, who's parlayed magical escapes from the pocket into a 6-0 record against the 49ers at CenturyLink Field.

"There's only so many things you can do versus that defense, " Shanahan said this week of the Seahawks. Seahawks RBs combined for 53 yards on 15 carries. Left tackle Rees Odhiambo struggled with Green Bay linebacker Nick Perry on the outside, who also had one and a half sacks.

The Falcons looked average against the Chicago Bears in week 1.

"Not good enough", said Seattle assistant head coach (and former Raiders head coach) Tom Cable.

Turn the pages to see who we've selected. Rookie LB Reuben Foster out due to high-ankle sprain. The third-round pick played 24 snaps in his first game for Seattle and is the primary rotational backup to Jarran Reed and Sheldon Richardson.

The 49ers are 14-point underdogs as they travel to play the Seahawks, making an upset Sunday far less likely than what Harbaugh and Alex Smith pulled off in Philadelphia. Despite their biannual meetings, Wilson continues to present challenges for San Francisco's defense.

Saleh is now building his own defense as coordinator in San Francisco, and has the opportunity to take the lessons he learned with the Seahawks to boost one of their rivals in the NFC West.

The Seattle offensive line may allow the Niners pass rushers to get on track.

It was a pretty horrific start for the Seattle Seahawks offense in Green Bay on Sunday afternoon.

"We've only played one game". Though the offensive line has fallen apart in recent years, the Seahawks are still largely a grind-it-out team, and Carson fits the mold of an ideal running back for that type of offense.

If there's a worry, it is the defense looked good because of Seattle's offense, which is far from explosive.

Rawls was present during Wednesday's practice, so that's a good sign. The team's week one showing has experts and fans asking the same questions they have the past couple years that have held the Seahawks back from being legitimate Super Bowl contenders.



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