The Seahawks had little to no offense against the Packers, and that has caused concern from fans. Many are wondering if it’s time to move on from offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and offensive line coach Tom Cable. But the offense has a chance to be reignited in Week 2 against the rebuilding San Francisco 49ers.
Over the past two seasons, the Seahawks have outscored the 49ers 111-57 in four games. They will also have the home-field advantage at CenturyLink Field, where San Francisco has not won since 2011. But this time, San Francisco is in a top-to-bottom rebuild, depleting their roster of quality veterans.
The San Francisco defense boasts a young, but talented defense. Their defensive line consists of three first-rounders with Arik Armstead, DeForest Buckner, and Solomon Thomas. They also have second rounder Tank Carradine as a starting defensive end. However, they were not able to register a sack in Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers.
Carolina has a strong interior line, but questions at the tackle positions. But they kept Cam Newton on his feet Sunday. The 49ers defensive line will be another test for the Seattle offensive line. The Seahawks line was overpowered across the board by every Packers lineman, leaving Russell Wilson out to dry. This week, however, it will be the speed of the 49ers linemen that could cause problems for Seattle.
If Seattle’s line can prevent the interior pressure, Wilson should have chances to make plays against the less-than-stellar 49ers cornerbacks. There are plays to be made downfield for Seattle, but it all depends on if Wilson can have time in the pocket.
The best way to attack this 49ers defense is through the run game. Last season, the 49ers gave up the most rushing yards per game in the NFL. Pete Carroll has said he wants to be the power running team they were in years past. This will be the perfect opportunity for him to do so.
They get their number one running back Thomas Rawls back this week. Rawls was inactive against Green Bay due to an ankle sprain. Rawls has very little game time in 2017, but he can start his season right this week. San Francisco is without rookie standout Reuben Foster, who hurt his ankle Week 1. They still have Navarro Bowman leading the defense, but he will not be able to stop the run himself. With a solid run performance to start the game, San Francisco will have to respect the Seattle run game.
With the possibility of the 49ers having to focus on stopping the run, it can allow Wilson to find holes in the defense if they run play-action. Without a strong running game, the Seattle offense can turn into what they looked like in Week 1. But this is the best opportunity for Darrell Bevell to right the ship and get the offense moving down the field.