Seattle Seahawks (1-5) vs. San Francisco 49ers (2-5)
Bill Walsh Field at Candlestick Park
1:15 PM (PST)
“I don’t really know … what button to press here and what button to press there. I just know what is in my heart. I know that there is a fire that burns in my heart for this team to be successful. And that fire is unconquerable, and it will not die until it comes to pass.” Mike Singletary
The Mike Singletary Era starts against a struggling Seahawks team who lost in week two 33-30 in overtime to the 49ers and have a slightly worst record. Seahawks head coach Mike Holmgren is rumored to be at the top of the list as possible coaches next season for the 49ers but he stated this week he will take next season off from the NFL. Holmgren began his coaching career in 1986 as a 49ers assistant until he was hired in Green Bay in 1992. The 49ers face a Seahawks team at home who are on a three game losing. Singletary has a good chance to get off to a winning start as the Seahawks are just as horrible as the 49ers on offense and defense. The Seahawks will be without QB Matt Hasselback making the task of beating them a little easier. Expect the 49ers to come out in full force to get a win going into their bye week and show they are behind Singletary. I believe the 49ers can salvage something positive with rest of the season possibly finishing the season near .500.
The 49ers need to not turnover the ball at all if they want to win against the Seahawks. In the 49ers two wins they have one turnover compared to 17 turnovers in the five losses. Yes, 17 turnovers. A lot of those turnovers are attributed to J.T. O’ Sullivan and his inability to hold onto the football. The Mike Martz system is also a culprit as it leaves the QB unprotected using spread formations. The 49ers need to execute on both sides of the football and the defense needs to pressure backup QB Seneca Wallace forcing turnovers to give the offense a shorter field to score.
San Francisco 49ers 24
Mike Singletary will provide plenty of motivation for the 49ers to end their five game losing skid. The Seahawks are hurting just as much as the 49ers and will be missing Hasselback who is out with an injury. The 49ers will pull off a win only if they limit turnovers and play the full four quarters. Don’t be surprised if Shaun Hill enters the game if O’ Sullivan turns the ball over too many times.
Fantasy Studs of Game
Isaac Bruce (6 receptions, 90 yards, 1 touchdown)
Bruce had a great game in the last meeting against the Seahawks. Martz will come out swinging and will use the veteran heavily in his game plan.
Julius Jones (85 yards, one touchdown)
The Seahawks don’t have much on offense with a QB backup and a laundry list of hurt receivers. So Jones is the default pick to do something on offense.
49ers: Out – S Donald Goldson (knee), T Jonas Jennings (shoulder), DE Ray McDonald (knee); Probable – CB Nate Clements (ribs)
Seahawks: Out – QB Matt Hasselback (back), TE Will Heller (knee); Questionable – WR Deion Branch (heel); Probable – WR Koren Robinson (knee)