The San Francisco 49ers host the Seattle Seahawks on Monday Night Football in Week 10, and containing Russell Wilson is key to a Niners victory. Here are three ways how it’s done.
Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson owns a career 11-3 record against the San Francisco 49ers. Over those 14 regular-season games played, Wilson has tossed 23 touchdowns against eight interceptions, all for a total passer rating of 99.2.
Simply put, Wilson has been one of the Niners’ top nemeses for some time now.
The next chapter of this NFC West rivalry kicks off in Week 10 on Monday Night Football, when San Francisco hosts Wilson and the 7-2 Seahawks at Levi’s Stadium. The 49ers, who enter this bout with a perfect 8-0 record, don’t exactly resemble many of the previous Niners squads in recent years, against which Wilson has had so much success.
Wilson will be facing a 49ers defense, which is allowing an average of 138.1 pass yards per game, as well as an average of 4.3 yards per pass attempt — ranking best and second best in the NFL, respectively, entering Week 10.
The Niners have also mustered 30 sacks on the year, which is tied for third most. And their 31.8 percent pressure rate ranks best among all defenses.
Considering Wilson has already taken 22 sacks on the year, one figures this is an advantage playing right into San Francisco’s hands.
But it won’t be that easy.
Wilson is playing at an MVP-caliber level this season. His 118.2 passer rating and 22 pass touchdowns both lead all qualifying quarterbacks. Without Wilson, the Seahawks would surely be no better than a .500 team, perhaps much worse.
So it falls upon San Francisco’s defense to both contain and stop him on Monday night.
Here are three ways it can be done.