Seattle Seahawks All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman was pretty much a non-factor in the team’s Week 1 win over the Carolina Panthers. With that being said, expect Sherman to play a big role against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 2.
The 25-year-old only recorded two tackles and one defended pass against the Panthers. It was certainly a quiet day for Sherman, but the good news is he will be jacked up for the showdown this weekend. Sherman posted eight tackles, one forced fumble, one interception and five defended passes in two games against the 49ers last season. There is no question Seattle will need a similar performance this time around in order to be victorious.
After wide receiver Anquan Boldin had a huge game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday (13 catches for 208 yards and one touchdown), expect Sherman to be lined up with him often. The last thing the Seahawks can allow is Boldin to be let loose, which is why Sherman will have to step up whenever he can to inspire the rest of the team.
Sherman enjoys talking smack to whoever will listen, but this will be a great opportunity for him to allow his play to do all the talking. His desire to win should help fuel the rest of the defense to step up, especially if Sherman prevents Boldin from making big plays.
“A lot of people love to win, but I hate to lose,” Sherman said, according to The News Tribune. “Doesn’t matter what it is. I hate losing. If we were walking to the practice field, I wouldn’t want to be second to the field.”
Losing is something Seattle cannot do Sunday night, not if they want to win the NFC West that is. There is a good chance the division will come down to whoever can win both games. If both the Seahawks and 49ers each take a game then expect a wild finish for the division.