Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 12/23/12
My Fantastic Five vs. 49’ers It won’t be easy. But it can be done. Sunday night in front of a national audience at “Seahawks Stadium” the 12th man can will their Hawks to victory vs. the NFC West leading San Francisco 49ers. 1.) Attack the Edges Defensively, the hawks match up well with San Fran, but with two top cover guys out for Seattle the key to shutting down the pass will be limiting the mobility of the 49ers QB Colin Kaepernick.   has been successful by moving the launch point of the football when he sprints out of the pocket. Keeping him contained will allow defenders to stay between him and his intended targets.  That being said, look for the Hawks Defensive Ends, Red Bryant and Chris Clemons to take wide rushes to limit the roll-outs. 2.) Protect the Franchise The flip side to point number one is for Seattle to keep their QB, Russel Wilson, upright. Wilson is going to be looking to avoid NFL sack-master Aldon Smith.  Protecting Wilson will be, of course, Russell Okung but look for Coach Pete Carroll to use multi-back sets to aid in blocking Smith. Play action deception should be a major contributing in the Seahawks passing game. 3.) Man Up Another Offensive strategy to limiting Aldon Smith’s production is to run right at him.  You heard me.  Go right at the one of the league’s best defenders with the Read Option they have been running so well.  Smith is going to be a key factor on the field and the best way to lock him up is face him straight on. Let him make the bad decision. It’s better to face your demons head on than for them to sneak up and destroy you from behind. 4.) Mission Impossible This game will feature two of the more dynamic QB’s in the NFL today. Coaches for both clubs may install the “Spy” technique Coaches for both clubs may install the “Spy” technique to limit the production of both Wilson and Kaepernick.  Look for Seattle’s Superstar Rookie MLB Bobby Wagner to shadow the ‘Niner passer. When the Seahawks have the ball, I assume the person watching Russ will be Navarro Bowman.  San Francisco will most likely line up Patrick Willis over Marshawn Lynch. In both scenarios I feel the Hawks hold the advantage. 5.) Stretch Play For the last two weeks the Seahawks have been dominating defences with their base run and read option running game.  The Niners, no doubt, will have seen as much film on this as needed and will be geared up to shut it down.  Mostly by bringing 8 guys into the box. This Sunday night we will see the deep ball come back into fashion as way to spread out the defenders. I like the match-up between Sidney Rice and either of San Fran’s corners who are both older and shorter than Rice. If Seattle can live up to these keys, the holidays just may get a little merrier and brighter in the Pacific Northwest. A Seahawks victory can put them in a position to claim the division next week but only if they can keep the 49er’s from striking gold. Cheers, The Bartender CLICK HERE CHECK OUT THE SEAHAWKS BLOG IN OUR CLUBHOUSE AT NWSB!
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