The San Francisco 49ers began the 2013 NFL season with an exciting game against their NFC rival Green Bay Packers, getting a big-time win. Over the past calendar year, the 49ers have owned Green Bay and this past Sunday, they beat them for the third straight time dating back to last year’s season opener.
Heading into week two, the road doesn’t get any easier early on this season. The Niners will face another bitter rival, this time within the division. San Francisco will take on Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks in an early battle for first place Sunday as both teams won their opener.
Against the Packers, the Niners struggled in their run game and Colin Kaepernick was forced to take over through the air. Throwing for over 400 yards, Kaepernick had himself a career day passing-wise but this coming Sunday, he will have to make use of those legs.
Kaepernick and the running backs combined for just 90 yards on 34 carries against Green Bay, equating to a pretty poor average of 2.6 yards per carry as a team. Against a gritty Seattle defense, the Niners are going to have to raise that number a bit if they want to solidify first place in the NFC West.
Seattle has one of the best secondaries in the league, but their front seven is not far off from that status either. As a unit, the Seahawks are one of the league’s toughest opponents to score on. Kaepernick will be the focal point, of course, and will need to make plays with his legs more often than he did in week one.
Running back Frank Gore has to get it going as well, thus giving Kaepernick more freedom to do what he needs to do while the defense remains honest up front. If San Francisco can win the battle on the ground, they will have a good chance to win the game. But, it starts with Gore and translates into how Kaepernick makes decisions. Seattle will be an excellent test this soon in the year, and San Francisco must be ready.