The San Francisco 49ers enter week 2 against the Seattle Seahawks under the win column after a tough 34-28 victory over the Green Bay Packers. The Packers defense had trouble stopping the passing attack all game which was a big factor in pulling off the win. Anquan Boldin ended the game with 13 catches and 208 yards for his first game in a Niner uniform.
Colin Kaepernick erased any doubt that his play towards the end of last season was a fluke with a masterful performance: 27/39 for 412 yards, and 3 TD’s. He also added 22 yards on the ground on 7 carries. If this is any inclination for things to come we should be in for a treat for the rest of the season. Vernon Davis also had a solid game accumulating 6 grabs for a total of 98 yards and 2 TD’s. The Packers run defense was stingy all game and only allowed Frank Gore to rush for 44 yards on 21 carries. Although he didn’t find much success on the ground Gore did find the end zone once.
The primetime matchup against Seattle is on the radar of NFL fans across the country and it should be a great battle of two of the top teams in the NFC. The Seattle defense should pose some more problems in the passing game than the Packers with the elite corner combo of Richard Sherman and Brandon Browner. Here are my stat predictions for the 49ers core offensive players:
Colin Kaepernick: 19/26, 275 yards, 2 TD’s. 8 carries, 60 yards, 1 TD.
The physical play of the Seattle corners should eliminate some of the open targets for Kaep over the course of the game. This will ultimately lead to him running outside the pocket more and finding success on the ground like we saw in last years playoffs.
Frank Gore: 24 carries, 85 yards, 2 TD’s. 3 Rec, 30 yards.
Boldin and Davis should garner most of the attention after big games in week one, which in turn will create more opportunities for Gore. His elite vision and power will be on full display and he will have a coming out party after an average start.
Anquan Boldin: 8 rec, 90 yards, 1 TD.
All eyes are on Boldin after putting up insane numbers against the Packers. Although Boldin lacks in top of the line speed, his run after the catch doesn’t get any better. The Kaep-Boldin connection can’t be ignored and will cause problems for the Seattle secondary all game.
Vernon Davis: 5 rec, 72 yards, 1 TD.
VD has a knack for big plays year in and year out. His speed at the tight end position is outstanding and can be a nightmare for opposing linebackers. Kaep will find a way to get him the ball.