No. 5: Russell Wilson vs. 49ers passing defense
Russell Wilson is so good because he can extend plays and throw all over the field. Even if Nick Bosa puts pressure on Wilson, he’s still sure to make some plays.
So on all three levels of the defense, there will be a lot of matchups San Francisco has to win.
San Francisco 49ers
As mentioned before, the 49ers defensive line has a favorable lineup against the Seahawks blockers. A lot of pressure from the Niners front four will be needed to keep Wilson from finding his receivers down the field.
Under pressure, Wilson will be forced to check down to Chris Carson or the tight end duo of Luke Willson and Jacob Hollister. Fred Warner or Dre Greenlaw will have to keep good coverage to minimize any potential gains.
Cornerback Richard Sherman will erase his half of the field, so the starter between Emmanuel Moseley and Ahkello Witherspoon (likely Moseley at time of writing, as Witherspoon is yet to return to full practice) will need to be focused to replicate Sherman and take away plays to their assigned receiver.
Wilson is by far the best quarterback the 49ers have played, and is arguably the best player in all of football right now. All 11 players on defense need to be sharp to stop his dominance and secure a win for San Francisco.