No. 3: Niners defense will counter high-octane offense
Last week, the 49ers faced their first real mobile quarterback in Arizona’s Kyler Murray. This week, they’ll get the same style of offense with potential 2019 NFL MVP, Russell Wilson, at the wheel.
Wilson has taken the ball himself 44 times and ran with it for over 203 yards this season. It’s made the Seahawks offense reach a whole other level compared to the rest of the league.
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When San Francisco played the Cardinals on Thursday Night Football, it gave defensive coordinator Robert Saleh a chance to see what his defense could do against the Murrays and Wilsons of the NFL. The 49ers gave up a season-high 153 yards to the Cardinals rush attack, but most of those yards came when Kwon Alexander left with an injury.
Now, Saleh had well over a week to prepare for Wilson.
Shortly after news broke about Alexander being out for the season, I talked about how this defense is still elite. If it can hold Wilson in the pocket, not allowing him to extend plays and force him into throwing against a stingy defense, which allows only 137 yards passing per game, the Niners will be in prime position to steal a victory.
Linebackers Fred Warner and Dre Greenlaw will be up to the challenge this week. They won’t allow another QB to run all over them like they did last game. But keep an eye on cornerback Richard Sherman. The former Seahawk enjoys playing against his old team, but with his 49ers being 8-0 coming into this match, he’ll be extra motivated to shut Wilson and the Seahawks offence down.
Jimmy Garoppolo has a chance to silence the haters, the Faithful have a huge opportunity to play a major factor in the outcome of the Monday Night Football game and the 49ers defense is primed to keep the door shut and the perfect record intact.