No. 4: Running Back Matt Breida
The Seahawks entered Week 10 allowing an average of 4.7 rush yards per carry on the ground, so one would have figured the 49ers would have made good use of moving the ball this way on Monday night.
Well, things didn’t exactly pan out that way.
In total, San Francisco managed a mere 87 yards on the ground, averaging just 3.2 yards per attempt. For a lot of teams, this wouldn’t be too bad. But for a run-first Niners offense, this wasn’t exactly a good sign.
Running back Matt Breida got the majority of carries on the night (10), but only recorded 18 total yards on those attempts before he was sidelined with an ankle injury.
Granted, the Seahawks did a good job stacking the box in an attempt to take away San Francisco’s ground attack. For the most part, it worked, forcing Jimmy Garoppolo to be the primary offensive weapon, as the rushing attempts largely were stymied within only a handful of yards from the line of scrimmage.
It would have been oh-so beneficial for Breida to break free on a run or two, yet nothing of the sort materialized.
But like Garoppolo’s own efforts, Breida didn’t exactly get a lot of help up front, either.