Why Jimmy Garoppolo Will Easily Pick Apart the Seahawks' Defense

Jose Luis Sanchez III

The chance to go 9-0 on the season is well within the San Francisco 49ers' grasp. All they have to do is handle their business against division rival Seattle Seahawks. The two teams, who have combined record of 15-2, will square off in primetime on Monday night football. This is a matchup that should draw the eyes of every football fan. 

One of the reasons why is because Jimmy Garoppolo is line for another career day. Garoppolo will easily pick apart the Seahawks' defense on Monday night. That is because their defense is shaky at best. The Seahawks just let Jameis Winston come into their own home turf and carve them up this past Sunday. 

Winston is one of the worst quarterbacks in the league when it comes to taking care of the football, yet the Seahawks' defense couldn't manage to pick him off. The reason being is that the Seahawks are horrendous when it comes to rushing the passer. Seattle has the fourth worst disruption rate and sack rate of all defenses in the NFL via ESPN NFL Matchup. They just can't figure out how to pressure the quarterback, let alone sack them.

What seemed like a great trade for Jadeveon Clowney initially, now looks like a bust. The player with the most sacks on the Seahawks is linebacker Mychal Kendricks with three. His sacks derive from dialed up blitzes and is an indicator of how poor the every down pass rushers have been for Seattle. This is going to be an easy outing for the 49ers' offensive line who has performed at such a high-level all season long. 

Don't forget that they have been without their starting offensive tackles, which is crazy to think that they are still elite. Garoppolo is surely thankful of the clean pockets he has received since he has seen one of the lowest percentages (26.2%) of drop-backs under pressure among qualifying NFL quarterbacks via Pro Football Focus.

Garoppolo had his best game of his career last week against the Arizona Cardinals with career highs in touchdowns (4) and passer rating (136.9). Imagine what he is going to do with extra days of rest and preparation with the bright lights gleaming at Levi's Stadium. This game has explosion written all over it for Garoppolo. 

Now I do expect the 49ers to still go run-heavy since that is the staple of Kyle Shanahan's offense. However, the temptation to let Garoppolo sling it all over the field is too overwhelming. He should have no issue picking apart the Seahawks' defense on Monday night. Going up against a terrible pass rush while dropping back with one of the strongest offensive lines in the league puts him in a perfect position for another career day.

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Grahamreaper
Grahamreaper

We'll see what happens when they meet in two weeks and them little birdies get their butts handed to them!!!!

mattinslo
mattinslo

Did I not call this game? The Seahawks kept it close and waited for the miracle, which was Chase McLaughlin's wildly missed kick (the only kick he's missed. Seahawks luck!) and then won with an OT field goal.

seahawksrules
seahawksrules

Nostradamus you are not. But NostraDUMBASS, definitely. GO HAWKS!!!!!

InRussWeTrust
InRussWeTrust

Owned

Gary T .
Gary T .

Garoppolo, as history will record, is the better QB.

Grahamreaper
Grahamreaper

I honestly don't know why or how anyone could say with a straight face that the seachickens are going to even give the 49ers a game the 49ers are a dominant team in the NFL and well the seachickens have only one thing going for them and that's Wilson and I'm really tired of hearing anything about the seachickens making the playoffs they are not going too they have been running on pure luck to this point and one good player is not going to take on a real defense and score enough to overcome the onslaught that the 49ers offense is going to unleash on that poor excuse of a defense Jimmy is going to slice up the secondary that is when the running backs take a break from running up and down the field on them!!!!! They don't know what meyhem awaits them!!!!

Calrod
Calrod

Been a forty niners fan fifty plus years. All the niners have to do is play their own game. Defense needs to control the way they attack / in others wise be under control and the game will be no problem/ Go Niners!

Campos88$
Campos88$

I’ll give the SEACHICKENS the benefit of the doubt because of Wilson and Carrol. But let’s get it straight. It’s Wilson and everyone else. They’re defense is garbage. The legion of boom is now the legion of whom?! The SEACHICKENS will stick around because of Wilson but the defense won’t keep up. Not against that run game and please believe the Arizona Cardinal secondary puts Seattle’s to shame so I agree with this article that Jimmy can and will pick the defense apart but only if they can slow down the 2nd best rushing attack in the league. So maybe towards the end of the game Wilson will throw up a prayer and come down in Locketts or Metcalfs hands, but it’ll be when they’re two touchdowns down in garbage time. Go Niners! The power is shifting in the NFC west as it inevitably does and the Niners are the cream of the crop and everyone else, especially the SEACHICKENS, have to recognize.

Chavez49ers
Chavez49ers

Haha

Chavez49ers
Chavez49ers

Go 9ers Wilson ant doing shit

LATINAREPUBLICANA
LATINAREPUBLICANA

no--it's not always a close game when it's an intense divisional rivalry like this... in any case, i am looking forward to this MNF game... can't wait!

Footballfan55
Footballfan55

When its an intense divisional rivalry like this its always going to be a close game. The Hawks are great at keeping games within their reach for four quarters. I expect the first half to be in SF favor and the second half will be the Hawks. Russel will have another under 2 min game winning drive.

mattinslo
mattinslo

That's the Seahawks strategy: keep the game close and wait for their unparalleled luck to bail them out. How many times have we seen Wilson just throw up some hail mary and have a receiver miraculously come down with it on the 1, three inches from the sideline with some diving catch? It seems like its either that or a missed field goal from the other team that seals half the Seahawks games I've seen.

Don't get me wrong, if it works it works and Russel Wilson earns a lot of good karma at those children's hospitals.

LATINAREPUBLICANA
LATINAREPUBLICANA

on what do you base that? what makes you think this game will be close? because all of the Seahawks' games have been close so far? not so for the Niners... so far--Seahawks beat the Bengals by 1... Niners beat the Bengals by 24; Seahawks beat the Steelers by 2... Niners beat the Steelers by 4; Seahawks beat the Rams by 1; Niners beat the Rams by 13; Seahawks beat the Browns by 4; Niners beat the Browns by 28; Seahawks beat the Bucs by 6; Niners beat the Bucs by 14... so again, on what do you base that this game will be close and Wilson will win it on the last drive? these Niners are not the Browns... these Niners are not the Bucs...

Ghall
Ghall

What sling crap analysis...the game will be close and Wilson will win it on last drive.


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