Seattle’s Ready for the 49ers’ Deception Game

Player You Need To Know This Weekend

Bront Bird will have his hands full against the Eagles.
Bront Bird will have his hands full against the Eagles. (Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Bront Bird, ILB, San Diego (No. 97). It’s been 36 days since the man drafted to be the quarterback of the San Diego defense, inside ‘backer Manti Te’o, last played in a football game. Te’o suffered a foot sprain in the first preseason game, and has been unavailable since, and his absence has been shrouded in a Belichickian-injury mystery. Bird, the backup to Te’o, is a liability in coverage and hurt San Diego in the second half there Monday night in the loss to Houston. But Bird—a Texan himself, having gone to Odessa Permian High and Texas Tech—played very well against the run and in pursuit, leading the Chargers with 14 tackles in the 31-28 loss. This week, assuming it’s not Te’o who faces off against the offbeat stylings of new Philadelphia coach Chip Kelly, you’ll see Bird and Donald Butler try to stop Mike Vick and LeSean McCoy from tearing up the intermediate area of the field as they did in Washington Monday night.

Sound Bite of the Week

“I tell him every day, I come for his spot every day.”

—Houston running back Ben Tate, about his friendly (I think) competition with Arian Foster for carries in the Texans’ backfield. Foster, who missed most of the offseason and camp with calf and back issues, insists he’s fully healthy, and chafed at getting the ball for only 18 carries in the opener Monday night at San Diego. Tate ran it nine times for 55 yards Monday.

Expect coach Gary Kubiak to gradually increase Foster’s workload, but Tate has proven with his breakaway speed he can, and will, be an asset for the Houston offense.

Ten Things I’ll Be Watching For This Weekend

1. RG3 trying to come back in a very touchy setting. Aaron Rodgers is 19-1 in his last 20 games at Lambeau Field; he’s a 69-percent passer with 54 touchdowns and 12 picks in those 20 games. So Griffin, coming off a game where he looked shaky and poor mechanically, figures to have to score in the 30s for Washington to have a chance on the road.

2. Josh Freeman trying to salvage his honor, and his job. Firestorm week for the Bucs, with the accusations of Greg Schiano rigging the captain’s vote and then Schiano publicizing the fact that Freeman overslept and missed the team photo (how does the starting quarterback miss the team photo?!), with Freeman admitting it. Heck of a good time for all that, given the fact you’ve got the Saints back on their game coming to town for the home opener Sunday.

3. Cameron Squared. Miami’s Cameron Wake is the hottest pass rusher in football, and he’s on the fast turf Sunday in Indy. New Orleans’ Cameron Jordan is a 3-4 end coming of age and coming off a top-notch first game against Atlanta. The Bucs better find him Sunday, or he’ll torment Freeman for four quarters.

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4. Steven Jackson versus his past. Rams at Falcons. Steven Jackson has nothing against the Rams; this isn’t a case of a guy leaving one team and hating the place he left. He could have made $7 million in 2013 by staying in St. Louis, then becoming a free agent. But he chose to elect free agency after the 2012 season, and sign for $5.25 million in Atlanta. Now, in his second game for the Falcons he plays his old friends.

5. The Ravens to get off the schneid. Cleveland travels to Baltimore. Cleveland’s lost 10 in a row to Baltimore. Baltimore’s mad that it had to open on the road instead of at home, which has been the privilege of Super Bowl winners for a decade. Baltimore got embarrassed and played poorly in losing Week 1 at Denver. Moral of the story: I wouldn’t want to be Cleveland Sunday at 1.

6. Adrian Peterson in a friendly spot. Peterson’s career average at Soldier Field: 107 rushing yards, 1.2 rushing TDs in six games. It’s not fabulous; it’s simply good, particularly when you consider all the good run defenses he’s faced in that park. That was boosted, if you recall, by the first mega-game of his NFL career, a 224-yarder as a rookie. This will be the first time Peterson faces an Urlacher-less Bear defense. Hope he’s ready for a rising-star defensive tackle to say hello in the run game: Stephen Paea.

7. Ndamukong Suh’s approach. The man played a superb game against Minnesota in Week 1—49 snaps, eight quarterback hits or knockdowns, according to Pro Football Focus—and got fined $100,000 for his cheap hit on Minnesota center John Sullivan. Will it affect how he plays at Arizona Sunday? Doubt it, but it’s a point to follow in this game.

8. The encore of Terrelle Pryor. There is a reason to watch Jacksonville at Oakland, people. I liked the field presence of Pryor last week in Indianapolis, and even though he didn’t look for his secondary options enough, 66-percent completions on the road against a 2012 playoff team is proof enough he deserved the game-one trial and deserves a legitimate shot to keep the job for the year.

9. Manning Bowl III. Historically, probably the biggest game of the weekend, Peyton versus Eli, and most likely for the last time, because AFC and NFC teams face off only once every four years. “Special,’’ Eli told me for my podcast last week. “I think I’ll remember the moments, whether it’s before the game when I get to see him, or afterwards when I get to see him, maybe in a hallway. Or as the National Anthem is playing and you look over and see your big brother and just kind of give him a nod. Those are special moments that I’ll take on forever. It’s not so much the plays that happen during the game. I’d love to get a win, more so because it’s an important game, not because it’s against my brother. You know, we’re playing a good team; it’s going to be a big one for us. But the moments kind of around him and being with him on a game day in Giants Stadium will be special moments that I will remember forever.’’ Pretty cool.

10. Chip II. What can you do for an encore, Chip Kelly, in a home opener where you’ll be feted like a conquering hero?

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OffshoreInsiders.com
OffshoreInsiders.com

Kaepernick is on the verge of being the NFL premier QB. It's not deception Seattle needs to worry about, it's his unlimited skills. 

RCH
RCH

"Seattle’s Ready for the 49ers’ Deception Game". And we know this how? You wouldn't happen to have tonight's powerball numbers by any chance also would you?

randomdeletion
randomdeletion

Your love affair with all things pats and belichick is pathetic.  Making points about other teams and feeling the need to reference your boy over and over?  What a joke.  It is why everyone can see the bias a mile away and think that is disgusting "reporting" for someone in the "national" not LOCAL media.  And of course you are one of the idiots that loves the pats so much you picked them to win the super bowl.  With that trash Brady is throwing to they will be lucky to win 10 games.  Belichick is a joke and his ego has totally gotten in the way of putting real talent around Brady at the end of his career.  Talk about ruining the best seasons of Brady's life.  Belichick gets way way too much credit.  Way more than he deserves.  

Jim21
Jim21

Peterson can get as many carries and yards as he wants. The Vikings haven't won in the last 8 games against the Bears anyways. 

supsonics
supsonics

This should a much better game than last year. While the Niners lost Receivers during the preseason, Boldins proven he still has something to prove. Kaepernick is only getting better and was certainly a better choice than the short yardage conservative playing Alex Smith. 

Seattle's Defensive backfield is solid. However, no Clemons/Irvin is brutal. If this were in Candlestick, I'd pick the Niners. However, the fact it's in Seattle and the 12th man is going for a noise record may give the Hawks a slight (and I mean slight) advantage. Of course it's always fun to watch 2 coaches who hate each other and are hated by everybody else but their own teams and fans go at it. 

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Michael185
Michael185

Or the Niners can run it down Seattle's throat like they have for every one of their wins. To nearly a tune of 5.0 ypc. That last loss? Gore's carries were in single digits.

Kaultar
Kaultar

Boldin earned my respect when he came back from the broken jaw in 3 weeks when he was in AZ.  The guy isn't the fastest but uses his size and spacial awareness very well.  He's going up against the best secondary in the NFL so I we'll see how he performs.

Fedorg4s
Fedorg4s

Look Anquan Boldin is a great receiver who's had a very solid career and even now is a very good receiver, but let's not get carried away. People seem to have forgotten that he joined the Niners as a receiver past his prime and not the next Calvin Johnson or AJ Green , while he did have a spectacular game, don't expect him to get 200 yards possibly ever again in his career. The Packers D did a horrible coverage job on him and he won't catch anyone off guard the rest of they year. 

Mike26
Mike26

@RCH Seattle derives special powers from all the PED's that its players inject/injest/sniff.

Shalaka
Shalaka

@supsonics hate this hate that.  Don't buy into it.  I don't hate SF.  I don't hate SF fans. WTF people, it's a game, grow up.  Don't hate anyone, enjoy the game.

gsxrs
gsxrs

@Michael185 what? those bath salts can kill you man, better check your stats man, Gore hasn't ran it down anyones throats at the woodshed, um 45 to what?


sheesh, whiners have some serious imaginations sunday cant get here soon enough, seattles D will tie frank to the whipping post, cant wait

Shalaka
Shalaka

@Michael185 ya they ran alot when they were down 41-10 like the last time they played... are you stupid, forgetful, or just plain ignorant?

jb22
jb22

@Michael185 I'm shocked SF didn't run the ball more while behind 28-6 at the half.  Why didn't anyone think of that, just run the ball while you're so far behind.  Genius!

olansuddeth
olansuddeth

@Fedorg4s Agree that he probably won't see 200 again this year, but I'll be stunned if he doesn't continue to be an integral part of that offense.  The guy finds ways to get open, and he simply makes big catches - and has done so his entire career.  I expect to see Patton grow in that offense, and Crabtree was close to being a legit star when he got hurt... but Boldin will continue to be an impact player.

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