The San Francisco 49ers at the Seattle Seahawks in Week 2 may be the most physical game of week in the NFL. Both teams have stout defenses and are led by their running games. Normally the battle within the trenches is the most physical of match-ups in any game. However, this particular game may be different. Last week, one of the most physical veteran wide receivers in Anquan Boldin caught 13 balls and gained 208 yards against the Green Bay Packers and their zone coverage defense.
This week he faces a physical man coverage secondary, more notably All-Pro cornerback Richard Sherman who is long and tall. Though he is 6-foot-3 and likes to get physical, Boldin is two inches shorter but he is 220 pounds. There may not be a single cornerback who is as strong as Boldin, but Sherman may be the closest defensive back to be able to handle him physically.
With quarterback Colin Kaepernick not being the most accurate and touch passer in the league, Sherman may want to spend all night in Boldin’s face to bump him at the line of scrimmage. It will cause Kaepernick not to look in Boldin’s direction and allow the defensive line to potentially sack Kaepernick if he does not break free from the pocket. Boldin will need to be more fundamentally sound than he has ever been in his 10 year career. Head coach Jim Harbaugh will have to dial up a lot of run plays for both the running backs and Kaepernick as a way to possibly keep Seattle’s defense on their heels.