The San Francisco 49ers have to be flying high after their dismantling of the Green Bay Packers in Week 1. There is no question it was a close game filled with plenty of excitement. However, the fact that the 49ers were able to record 412 yards through the air is ridiculous. San Francisco cannot expect the same thing to happen against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2. With that being said, the focus should not be on offense, but rather, on defense. The only way the 49ers defeat the Seahawks is by stopping Marshawn Lynch.
Lynch’s last three games against San Francisco has seen him run for 107, 103 and 111 yards. The fact that he was able to do that against arguably the best run defense in the league is scary. Not to mention, it is incredibly rare for running backs to tally over 100 yards rushing against the 49ers, let alone someone that has done it in three consecutive games.
The Carolina Panthers were able to stifle Lynch in Week 1 as they held him to 43 rushing yards on 17 carries. Fans in San Francisco may see this as a good thing because if the Panthers can hold the 27-year-old then the 49ers should have no problem. Unfortunately, the lack of production most likely only made Lynch mad, which could very well send him into “beast mode” in Week 2.
All eyes will be on quarterback Colin Kaepernick, wide receiver Anquan Boldin and tight end Vernon Davis to see if they can put up insane numbers once again. However, the 49ers know that the focus needs to be on their front seven halting Lynch in his tracks. If San Francisco allows Seattle to have a balanced offense, there is no question they will be in for a long night.