The San Francisco 49ers had fairly lacking play from their defensive linemen against the Carolina Panthers in Week 1, but fared much better against the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday. Specifically, defensive tackle DeForest Buckner and defensive end Solomon Thomas looked good-to-great.
Buckner was effective getting after Russell Wilson and was also stout against the run. He had nine pressures and two solo run stops, according to Pro Football Focus, who also gave Buckner their PFF Game Ball. For what it’s worth, they also gave him a 90.5 grade for the game.
Buckner finished the game with four total tackles. Thomas had four solo tackles, two of which were for a loss. Arik Armstead, Tank Carradine and Aaron Lynch all also managed sacks on the day. It was a strong performance from the defensive front all around.
Of course, the Seahawks don’t have a great offensive line. Actually, they have a pretty terrible offensive line — only marginally better than the 49ers’ line. Seattle’s defensive line is also stronger than the 49ers’ defensive line overall, but San Francisco had the better game from that position on Sunday.
San Francisco pressured Wilson on 21 of 45 dropbacks (46.7 percent), according to PFF. He ultimately had a good game when things started to unravel in the fourth quarter but the line, as a whole, did a good job of stopping him.
As a very young unit, this game should be big for everyone on it. They’ll be hungry and motivated going into a Week 3 game against the Los Angeles Rams, who have had one great and one poor performance thus far. I’m personally looking forward to watching Thomas, Lynch, Carradine and the rest getting after Jared Goff.