A look at the Seahawks’ opponent for their home opener on Sunday night at CenturyLink Field:
When: Sunday, 5:30 p.m., CenturyLink Field
Record: 1-0 after beating the Green Bay Packers 34-28 in their opener
Where they rank: No. 2 on offense (tied for 12th rushing, 3rd passing); No. 22 on defense (tied for 6th rushing, 25th passing)
TV: KING/5, with Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth and Michele Tafoya
Series: Tied 14-14 after the teams split last season’s home-and-home series – the 49ers winning 13-6 in San Francisco in Week 7; the Seahawks winning 42-13 at CenturyLink Field in Week 16
Colin Kaepernick. The 49ers’ quarterback has been everywhere, and not just on the field where he is a dual threat as a passer and runner. This offseason, Kaepernick and his tattoos were featured on the cover of GQ and also in ESPN the Magazine’s Body Issue. He also won an ESPY, beating out Seahawks QB
Vernon Davis. Unsung might not be the proper term to describe the 49ers’ tight end, who was voted to the Pro Bowl in 2009. But in discussing the 49ers’ offense on Monday,
On the spot
The 49ers’ secondary. Packers QB Aaron Rodgers threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns in the opener on Sunday, with Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb combining to catch 14 passes for 238 yards and two TDs. The only changes in the secondary from the group that faced the Seahawks in Week 16 last season are rookie Eric Reid taking over for Pro Bowl free safety Deshon Goldson (now in Tampa) and Nnamdi Asomugha stepping in as the nickel back. Now comes Wilson, fresh off his first 300-yard passing performance in a regular-season game, and a collection of wide receivers who made some uncanny reads, reactions and receptions in Sunday’s season opener against the Panthers – especially
What were the Ravens thinking? We’re all for brotherly love, but how could Ravens coach John Harbaugh trade Boldin to the 49ers, who are coached by his brother Jim, for a sixth-round draft choice? The Ravens and Harbaugh did, and the 49ers and Harbaugh couldn’t be happier after Boldin torched the Packers on Sunday with a 13-catch, 208-yard performance. Boldin is no stranger to the Seahawks. He played for the NFC West rival Arizona Cardinals from 2003-2009, when Boldin averaged seven catches for 98 yards in 10 games against the Seahawks – including a 13-catch, 186-yard performance in 2008 and an eight-catch, 105-yard outing in 2009.
Numbers to know
129.4, Kaepernick’s passer rating which ranks behind only Peyton Manning (141.1) after the NFL’s opening weekend; 1, where Boldin ranks in the NFL in receptions, receiving yards and total yards; 0, turnovers by the 49ers in their opener.
Rookie wide receiver Chris Harper was the Seahawks’ fourth-round draft choice this year. … Offensive line coach Mike Solari coached the Seahawks’ line in 2008-09. … Assistant special teams coach Tracy Smith was a coaching assistant with the Seahawks in 2011 and is the son of Seahawks quarterbacks coach Carl Smith. … National scout Matt Malaspina spent five years as a scout for the Seahawks before joining the 49ers in 2006.
The last word
“We always look at the next game as being the most important game of the year. Winning that game, whenever the next game is, is the most important game on the schedule.” – Harbaugh when asked about this week’s game