49ers vs. Seahawks: Previewing Week 3 for San Francisco

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Week 3 by the Numbers

 

San Francisco dominated its Week 1 Monday Night Football matchup against the Los Angeles Rams 28-0.

This lopsided affair skewed the Niners statistics a bit, and probably led to some speculation the team would be much better than many anticipated.

It could still be true. But San Francisco’s Week 2 46-27 loss to the Carolina Panthers didn’t help matters much. While the score suggests a blowout, one has to factor the Niners trailed by a touchdown with five-plus minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.

And Carolina had only a 17-10 lead going into halftime.

Through two weeks, the Niners currently sit No. 9 in the league with 55 points scored. But this same offense is also 27th in total yards gained (622). This means San Francisco has taken advantage of some helpful turnovers but also hasn’t been able to effectively move the ball on sustained drives.

Both factors were evident in Week 2.

Defensively, the 49ers now find themselves in the middle of the NFL pack in both points allowed (46) and yards against (714).

Seattle is at the polar ends of the spectrum though, at least evaluating the offensive-defensive contrast.

The Seahawks are next to last on total offense (15 points scored) but also boast the league’s best defense (19 points allowed).

Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson and Co. haven’t been moving the ball effectively at all so far. The average-yards-per-drive for the Hawks is a mere 29.6 — 20th in the NFL.

Speaking of Wilson.

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