Marshawn Lynch reached a century symbol in rushing yards for a fifth uninterrupted matchup with San Francisco, heading a Seahawks to a convincing 20-3 victory over a 49ers on Thursday night. Here’s what we need to know:
1. This was a reestablish-your-identity diversion for a Seahawks, disposition heavily on dual tight-end sets and a bulldozing Lynch while shoving a 49ers around in an considerable arrangement of pristine energy football. Lynch rushed 9 times on a opening touchdown expostulate alone, including 5 carries inside San Francisco’s 3-yard line. If there were any questions about Lynch convalescent rise form this season, he answered them with authority. With Lynch in “Beast Mode” and a invulnerability convalescent “Legion of Boom” form, a Seahawks once again resemble a playoff contender after floating fourth-quarter leads to undefeated teams in any of a past dual weeks. They pull an injury-ravaged Cowboys outfit forward of their Week 9 bye.
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2. Colin Kaepernick got off to an unlucky start, beaning an apparatus staffer 10 yards out of finish on an erring first-quarter fastball. It was maybe a career-defining chuck for a quarterback who has notoriously unsuccessful to grasp a excellent art of round chain and hold passing. After a game, Kaepernick had a gauze on his right ride and told reporters it was distended though not broken.
The Week 3 Jimmy Clausen-led Bears are a usually offense with fewer initial downs than a 49ers’ 8 on Thursday night. To be fair, Kaepernick perceived small support from his surrounding talent. The descent line’s try during pass insurance resembled a jailbreak exercise. The Niners’ far-reaching receivers managed usually dual some-more catches than their cornerbacks. This whole section appears to be decline after display signs of life a past dual weeks. When Jim Tomsula’s patrol plays badly, no group looks worse.
3. The many consistently widespread players on a star-studded Seattle invulnerability this season, Michael Bennett and Cliff Avril feasted on a exceedingly overmatched right side of San Francisco’s offense line with core Marcus Martin, ensure Jordan Devey and tackle Erik Pears. The energetic twin total for 5 sacks, 6 quarterback hits and a forced fumble. They will both have clever cases for Around The NFL‘s mid-season All-Pro group in dual weeks.
4. The Seahawks’ descent line wasn’t most better, with left tackle Russell Okung and right tackle Garry Gilliam both blank time due to injuries. Russell Wilson has been sacked some-more than any other quarterback this season.
5. The 49ers have their possess chronicle of Avril in second-year pass rusher Aaron Lynch, who is now tied for fourth in a NFL with 5 sacks on a season. While a front 7 has grown soothing after losing Justin Smith, Patrick Willis, Aldon Smith, Ray McDonald and Chris Borland this past offseason, Lynch has been a splendid spot.
6. It will be engaging to see if a 49ers margin trade offers for Vernon Davis after he led a group in receiving Thursday night. Bay Area News Group’s Cam Inman opined to Around The NFL that Garrett Celek is San Francisco’s No. 1 parsimonious end. Davis is due to strech giveaway group in March.
7. Seahawks lapse ace Tyler Lockett hauled in a pleasing 43-yard bucket-drop from Russell Wilson, fasten Randall Cobb as a usually rookies in a past 15 years with a touchdown around kickoff return, punt lapse and pass reception.
8. Injuries continue to bushel Carlos Hyde’s season. When asked by reporters after a diversion if he had a highlight detonate in his foot, Hyde pronounced “something like that” before describing his pain as a 6 out of 10. Hyde finished with 40 yards on 11 carries.