Seahawks hoping to improve their run defense
San Francisco found its success by catching the Seahawks with some trap runs, especially in the second half that led to big running lanes for Gore.
It was a smart move schematically as the Seahawks were unprepared. Linebacker K.J. Wright said this week he'd never seen a trap play before until the 49ers ran one.
"I was lost. I was like 'what was going on?'" Wright said.
While the trap runs caught Seattle by surprise in the first meeting, it will be how San Francisco uses mobile quarterback Colin Kaepernick that'll be new for the Seahawks this time. Kaepernick was just a spectator when the teams met in October.
Since becoming the starter five games ago, Kaepernick has rushed for 202 yards, adding another element to the 49ers offense.
The Seahawks defensive line took a hit this week when Jason Jones was placed on injured reserve with torn cartilage in his knee, but defensive tackle Alan Branch should be able to play despite an ankle injury.
While Seattle did give up 118 yards rushing last week to Buffalo in an easy win, its victories over Arizona and Chicago featured a run defense that was more like what the Seahawks got earlier in the season.
Seattle held Matt Forte to 66 yards and the Cardinals to just 43 yards rushing as a team. Those two efforts gave Bradley optimism that the run defense was heading in the right direction.
"I thought the Arizona game we played better and the Chicago game for the most part we've played pretty well," Bradley said. "There are some good backs that we have faced ... Some of those guys are going to get their yards. For us the biggest thing is for us to keep the points down so we have a chance to win."
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