Qwest Field | Sunday, September 12 | 4:15 p.m. EST (FOX)
Pick: 49ers 17, Seahawks 10
190 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 5 rush yardsIn his one game against Seattle last season he put up 310 yards and two TDs. Seattle is terrible against the pass, and Smith now has a full preseason with Michael Crabtree.
3 rec, 20 rec yards, 60 rush yards, 1 rush TDGore shredded Seattle in Week 2 of last season for 207 rushing yards and two TDs. Their defense hasn't exactly improved, and Gore should be very motivated after spending almost the entire preseason on the sideline.
1 rec, 10 rec yards, 10 rush yards, 0 rush TDWestbrook probably won't see many snaps as long as Frank Gore is healthy. He may be in there on a few passing downs, but his fantasy value is minimal.
5 rec, 60 yardsThe 49ers should have no problem moving the ball against Seattle, who ranked 30th in the NFL in pass defense a year ago. Crabtree is the No. 1 receiver, expect him to be heavily involved.
4 rec, 40 yardsMorgan is probably Smiths fourth option in the passing game after Michael Crabtree, Vernon Davis, and Frank Gore. The 49ers don't throw it a ton, so the odds of Morgan having a productive game are slim.
5 rec, 60 yards, 1 TDDavis had a monster season in 2009, and there is no reason to expect a significant dropoff. Alex Smith looked for Davis often when he took over the starting job, and he is always a threat to get into the end zone.
2 PATs, 1 FGThe 49ers should move the ball well on Sunday, which bodes well for Nedney. He looks like a pretty safe start.
5 sacks, 2 INTThis could be the defensive start of the week. San Francisco is an elite defensive unit lead by Patrick Willis and Takeo Spikes. Seattle has a bad offensive line, subjecting Hasselbeck to six sacks in two games against the 49ers last season.
135 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 5 rush yards, 2 INTHasselbeck has the unenviable task of facing a good defense with a patchwork offense. Seattle's line is barely functional and the skill players aren't great. It could be a long day.
2 rec, 15 rec yards, 35 rush yardsForsett is the starter and figures to see the majority of the carries with Leon Washington returning kicks and Julius Jones merely on the roster. The 49ers defensive front is stout, however, and Seattle's offensive line is in shambles.
1 rec, 5 rec yards, 15 rush yardsJones figures to be the third option in the running game. If Justin Forsett fails, Jones could get a chance. The prudent thing is to wait and see how the RB situation works itself out.
4 rec, 40 yardsTate likely won't see more than a few targets in the season opener. We can't recommend a rookie in Week 1 who struggled at times in the preseason.
3 rec, 35 yardsBranch is the No. 1 receiver, on paper at least, which means he figures to see a decent number of targets. Figure 5-7 targets, though until we see the new regime's woeful offense in action we won't know exactly how the parts will work out.
5 rec, 40 yards, 1 TDCarlson didn't see much action in the preseason, and it's difficult to predict how much he'll be used in the passing game. He's a good red-zone target, though, on a team with few of those.
1 PAT, 1 FGMare kicks for a poor offense, so opportunities will be scarce.
2 sacks, 0 INTSeattle's defense was revamped in the offseason, but the line is a major question and the secondary is suspect. Against an offense with as much potential as the 49ers, the Seahawks face a difficult task.