FBG says: Good matchup. Russell Wilson and this Seahawks passing offense showed just how low their floor can be last week as Wilson managed only 72 passing yards from 10 completions with no touchdowns and an interception. It was a dreadful offensive showing for most of this game as the Seahawks ran more than twice as often as they passed. Yardage has been hard to come by for Seattle receivers with this offense averaging just 193 passing yards per game--fourth-fewest in the league. In contrast, however, the Seahawks are tied for fifth-most passing touchdowns in the league as Wilson has been the most efficient passer in football when it comes to scoring. Tyler Lockett remains a favorite target as he led the team in receiving last week and has failed to score in just four of his contests--albeit he found the end zone on a two-point conversion last week. Doug Baldwin's disappointing season continues as he failed to suit up last week due to a hip injury with his status remaining questionable coming into this week.
The 49ers defense has not scared opposing passing offenses much this season, and there is little reason to believe they will be troublesome for the Seahawks just two weeks removed from allowing Russell Wilson to pass for four touchdowns against them. The potential absence of Doug Baldwin could benefit the 49ers, but their secondary overall is still struggling as of late with 10 passing touchdowns allowed and zero interceptions in their last four games. The 49ers have struggled to make plays all season as this defense has only two interceptions on the year. While they are keeping yardage numbers of opposing quarterbacks to a minimum with just two games of over 202 passing yards allowed in their last seven outings, that is mostly due to teams simply not needing to pass as they are playing from ahead or facing a struggling 49ers offensive attack. The play from Richard Sherman has gone downhill as the season progressed, while safety Jaquiski Tartt has been losing playing time due to ineffectiveness as he may still be suffering from a lingering shoulder injury. D.J. Reed Jr has been a bright spot at safety though, as he certainly has earned the increase in playing time and could pose a threat to the big play upside of Tyler Lockett.