SF 49ers: 5 things Niners must do to upset Seahawks in Week 8
By Peter Panacy
No. 1: Short passes will be key to an SF 49ers win vs. Seahawks
Traditionally, controlling the clock typically means dominating the run game. Even with a banged-up running back room, Kyle Shanahan will likely try to keep this a factor for his offense in Week 8.
Yet the Seahawks have done a decent job preventing opponents from gaining too much on the ground, currently holding offenses to just 4.1 yards per rush attempt, which is eighth best in the league.
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There are, however, opportunities for opposing offenses to move the ball through the air. To date, Seattle has surrendered more passing yards (2,212) than any other team except the Atlanta Falcons, and the 368.7 pass yards per game the Seahawks surrender, on average, is also most in that category.
SF 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo isn’t going to air it out often, meaning those short- and intermediate-area passes, like the ones he executed against the Patriots in Week 7, are going to be essential in ensuring the Niners maintain time of possession.
The lack of a Seahawks pass rush should help Garoppolo in this manner, as the Pats weren’t exactly prolific with their pass rush a week ago. If this translates into more high-percentage throws with opportunities for yards after the catch, great.
That’ll certainly help matters a lot.
The SF 49ers and Hawks kick off from CenturyLink Field on Sunday, Nov. 1 at 4:25 p.m. ET.