Now that Week 3 action is in the books, Niners Nation is going to take a look at each of our NFC West rivals, starting with the Seattle Seahawks. (Fooch’s note: Welcome Chris to the front page crew!)
Week 3 result: 37-18 win over the San Francisco 49ers
The Seahawks offensive explosion was likely the most impactful development among the three Week 3 NFC West games. After averaging 32 points per game on the back half of their 2015 schedule, many were surprised when the Seahawks struggled to generate any offense through two weeks.
Seattle seemed to definitively answer any offensive questions they had coming into the game. Russell Wilson delivered a solid performance despite a high ankle sprain, before leaving the game with an MCL sprain. Jimmy Graham broke 100 yards for only the 2nd time since arriving in Seattle. Once-jettisoned RB Christine Michael rushed for 100 yards for the 2nd time in his NFL career. The Seattle Seahawks have a well deserved reputation for smothering defense, but games like this show why their offense can be equally dangerous.
Next Up: @ New York Jets (1-2)
Which Jets team will show up in Week 4, the offensive juggernaut that dropped 37 points on the Bills in primetime Week 2, or the mistake prone team that turned the ball over to the Chiefs eight times in Week 3? The quality of Seattle’s defense suggests a higher likelihood of the latter, but this will be a good test. The Jets are capable of generating points, and boast arguably the best 3-4 defensive line in football.
Biggest headlines: Health concerns
- The previously mentioned high-ankle & MCL sprains aren’t likely to keep Wilson off the field, but are worth monitoring.
- First Round pick Germain Ifedi has yet to play due to a high-ankle sprain, but may be in the lineup at right guard this week.
- Thomas Rawls will continue to miss time with a broken fibula.