After the past few weeks, there is reason to be pessimistic about the Seattle Seahawks’ chances against the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday, but here are three surefire indicators that bode well for Seattle going into Sunday’s matchup.
#1: Russell Wilson has never lost three straight games within a season in the NFL
This is the sort of statistic that really speaks volumes about the kind of success the Seahawks have had during the Wilson/Carroll era. Not only has the team won a lot, but they also have had a quarterback who responds extremely well to adversity, and doesn’t lose more than twice in a row. The Seahawks lost two in a row in embarrassing fashion against Buffalo and the Rams last season, and came back to beat the Cardinals on Thursday Night Football. Wilson is 9-0 coming off of two losses in his career.
#2: Seahawks have a great record vs. the 49ers in Pete Carroll era
After starting just 3-5 against the 49ers in the Pete Carroll era, the Seahawks have managed to go 13-2 against them, starting with the victory in the 2014 NFC Championship, for a total record of 16-7. At Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara they are 5-1.
#3: The Niners’ ground game is off to slow start
For a team that relies so much on the running game offensively, the Niners haven’t done well on the ground so far this year, averaging just 105 yards rushing per game as a team (17th in the NFL). The team has only had one 100-yard rusher this season (rookie Elijah Mitchell against Detroit) and hasn’t had a back crack 50 yards either of the past two weeks. For the 49ers to beat Seattle, they usually have to excel on the ground, and this is a trend they’d have to turn around to have a good shot at winning.