The San Francisco 49ers and Seattle Seahawks get going in less than 24 hours, which means the talk comes to an end, and we finally get to see if the 49ers can knock off this Seahawks squad up at CenturyLink Field. The 49ers will need to get off to a strong start, as it would be kind of nice to quiet down the "12th Man" early on. If the 49ers fall behind, and let that crowd get louder and louder, it only makes their job that much more difficult.
When the 49ers first come out on offense, they have a variety of ways they can attack the Seahawks. They can attack the Seahawks most notable defensive weakness, their run defense. They could take an early shot against the strongest part of their defense and challenge Richard Sherman or Byron Maxwell. They could go with some short passing to loosen things up. They could go with some read option. They have numerous options.
As we get ready for tomorrow, I thought it would be fun to consider a two-part prediction. First, what play do you expect the 49ers offense to run on their first play of the game. Second, what play SHOULD the 49ers run on their first play. It is possible the prediction will be the same for both. Many of us think we know best what the offense should be doing, but we know they just won't listen to us. So, let us know how you think it plays out, and how it actually should play out.
1. Actual play: Frank Gore runs off left guard for a four yard gain
2. The play they should actually run: Run Quinton Patton on a vertical route. The idea is that he will not be covered by Richard Sherman or Byron Maxwell. The 49ers take their shot early against the weaker link of the Seahawks secondary, and get them on their heels quickly.
In running this play, the team could quickly find itself in a 2nd and 10 (or worse with a sack). However, with Michael Crabtree and Anquan Boldin both on the field, I am a little more comfortable with getting those third down conversions as needed. The 49ers need to balance the risk of some early shots, with not getting into a hole. I think it's worth it if just to set an early tone.
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