Bold predictions for the 49ers vs Seahawks in Week 2

Jeff Wilson Jr. #22 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images)
Jeff Wilson Jr. #22 of the San Francisco 49ers (Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images) /

The San Francisco 49ers are looking to avoid falling to 0-2 against the Seahawks this week. Here are my bold predictions for Week 2. 

Week 1 didn’t go as 49ers fans would have hoped. After the team expectedly declared Trey Lance as the starting quarterback moving forward, we wanted to see him thrive early in the season, but it wasn’t the season-opener we were picturing in our minds.

This week, San Francisco hosts the Seattle Seahawks who are coming off an upset win over Russell Wilson and Denver Broncos. In a crowded AFC West that includes the Super Bowl champion Rams, every divisional game could prove to be big. Here are my bold prediction for the 49ers vs Seahawks in Week 2:

Jeff Wilson explodes for his first 100-yard game

After being stonewalled in Week 1 for just 2.4 yards per carry, I think Jeff Wilson could bounce back with a huge performance in Week 2 in his first NFL start — so much so that he could top 100 yards this week. Wilson should see his opportunities spike with Elijah Mitchell on IR. It’s also a positive sign that the Seahawks allowed 5.2 yards per carry in Week 1.

While star receiver, Deebo Samuel, is still guaranteed to carve out some work in the backfield as well, Wilson should receive a bulk of the carries. If San Francisco has the lead late in the game, they could lean heavily on the rushing attack. Wilson doesn’t have the same breakaway speed that Mitchell possesses, but the 49ers are hopeful about what he could offer this year.

Jauan Jennings leads the team in receiving yards for second straight week

I don’t think anyone expected Jauan Jenning to be the lead dog of Trey Lance in Week one. Though Deebo Samuel had one more target on the afternoon (7 total), the All-Pro receiver was very inefficient with his looks in the passing game and dropped two passes. Meanwhile, Lance seemed to be pretty comfortable throwing to Jennings.

As the team’s third receiver, Jennings doesn’t draw as much attention as Samuel or Brandon Aiyuk. He led the team with 62 receiving yards in Week 1 on 6 targets, and I think there’s a reasonable chance Lance looks his way often again against the Seahawks.

49ers defense holds Seahawks to under 10 points

While many were impressed by the play of the Seahawks on Monday Night Football, I’m not convinced they are going to be anything more than a bottom-dweller this year in the NFL. Even with Geno Smith completing 23 of 28 passes and throwing for two scores, the Seahawks were only able to score 17 points.

Meanwhile, the 49ers held the Bears to just 19 points in Week 1. I think their defensive front could really get after Smith this week, and I won’t be surprised at all if they were able to hold Seattle to under 10 points on Sunday.

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These predictions may not come to fruition, but I think all three are attainable this week. If the San Francisco 49ers come out swinging after a Week 1 loss, they could control this game from the start and show why experts shouldn’t be so quick to write them off as contenders.