It’s been far too long since we’ve seen the 49ers on the big screen! I know this wasn’t a bye week, but man, it really felt like it! So I can’t hold back on the bold predictions this week! I’m just too hype to see the team face off against this divisional foe! With that said, checkout just how crazy I think this game is going to be.
1. Jimmy Garoppolo dominates his first ever start against Seattle – Since trading for Jimmy Garoppolo in ’17, the 49ers have faced the Seahawks 3 times. Jimmy has never started one of those games but he’s well prepared nonetheless. What we saw in Arizona was just the beginning of a Shanahan-QB turning the corner in this offense! Jimmy will slice and dice his way through this Seattle secondary to the tune of 317 yards, completing 73% of his passes and 3 touchdowns. Jimmy will even run one in! Time to put the league on notice!
2. Russell Wilson becomes a believer in the 49ers defense – Most have Wilson as the favorite in the MVP race right now but even league MVPs have off days. Wilson will “get his” occasionally, as he tends to thrive in off scripted plays, however, that won’t be enough. Wilson will run for 27 yards. Pass for 267 and 1 touchdown. But he will be hit 13 times and sacked 6. He will also throw two picks in this game doubling his season total so far. The defense comes to play.
3. Buckner gets two sacks – with the way the edge has been getting after opposing QBs, it’s been hard for the big fellas in the middle to get any tallies in the “S” category. An opponent like Wilson likes to step forward when the pressure applies, then spins out of the way of opposing DTs to avoid hits. He won’t be able to do that against the 49ers. As he attempts to avoid Bosa. Ford and Armstead off the edge, the welcoming arms of Buckner will be waiting. Interestingly enough, Wilson will find a way to spin away from Defo., but the tight coverage will allow Buck to chase him down.
4. Bosa sets a rookie record for QB hits in a game – 8. 8 is the magic number we need to break the rookie record for QB hits by a rookie. Believe it or not, the record (since being officially recorded in 2006), was set by Aldon Smith in 2011 during a game against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Smith finished the game with 7 QB hits as the 49ers romped the Steelers 20-3.
5. 49ers finish the game with 3 rushing touchdowns – 1 has previously been mentioned with Jimmy running one in, but the others come from a running back and WR. Goodwin enjoys his game back and Shanahan gets him a friendly toss that he takes to the house. Breida gets the other from 17 yards out!
6. Dante Pettis is the leading WR – talking strictly receptions, Dante Pettis reels in 7 catches (for about 96 yards) on the day. Seattle will focus their attention on new star Emmanuel Sanders in the absence of George Kittle, and they’ll make it a point to neutralize the current 49ers’ leading WR In Deebo Samuel.
7. The 49ers dominate in front of the home crowd – the days of Seattle eating turkey in our house are long gone. The team is in a place to do something they couldn’t do even in the Harbaugh days, and that’s dominate against the Seahawks. The struggle days will appear to be behind us as Shanahan and his crew disassemble the visiting team piece by piece… Or should I say, “Brick By Brick”?