Here is what you need to know about the 49ers’ Week 2 visit Sunday against the host Seattle Seahawks, who haven’t lost to their NFC West counterpart at CenturyLink Field since 2011:
SITE: CenturyLink Field, Seattle
KICKOFF: 1:25 p.m.
TV: Fox Ch. 2
RADIO: 810AM & 107.7 FM
1. Stay off skates. Nike has a commercial featuring Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson running past pseudo-49ers defenders (actors) who are depicted on roller skates. Even though the 49ers are 6-0 in Seattle against Wilson, they’ve kept games close early when they’ve hounded him, and the Seahawks woeful line appears a willing accomplice this year. It’s not Wilson’s running (no more than 33 yards in a 49ers game) more so than his ability to buy time and launch passes to open receivers on broken routes.
2. Seize early momentum. This is the Seahawks’ opener in their deafening amphitheater, so quieting the crowd noise early will help a 49ers offense prone to false starts and third-down issues. Memo to Marquise Goodwin: catch the ball this time if Brian Hoyer throws a bomb your way on the first series. The only time the 49ers have scored in the first quarter in their six-game losing streak at Seattle: a lone field goal in the 2013 season’s NFC Championship Game, which gave them a 3-0 lead in an eventual 23-17 heartbreaker (franchise-breaker).
3. Avoid turnovers. A weekly goal, the 49ers offense especially can’t afford turnovers in Seattle. Just ask Colin Kaepernick, who accounted for eight turnovers in his first three starts there in 2012-13. Hoyer’s two turnovers in the 49ers opener eventually were cashed in for Carolina Panthers touchdowns in the 23-3 defeat. Hoyer must be more protective of the pigskin, and same goes for Carlos Hyde, whose running might give the 49ers their best shot at an upset.<aside style=”text-align: center”><em><strong>Like our San Francisco 49ers.
INJURIES: 49ers – Out: linebacker Reuben Foster (ankle); Questionable: safety Jimmie Ward (hamstring); Seahawks — Doubtful: linebacker Terence Garvin (shoulder); Questionable: cornerback Richard Sherman (hamstring).
REFEREE: Bill Vinovich
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