The San Francisco 49ers are looking to get back in the win column after losing to the Carolina Panthers last weekend, and they're looking to upset the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday to push their record to 2-1. Here are three reasons why they'll be able to do just that:
3) Seattle's offensive struggles
The Seahawks offense has had a ton of problems trying to get off the ground this season, scoring just one touchdown and a total of 15 points in their first two games combined. Russell Wilson's ankle injury is clearly bothering him and they haven't figured out their rushing attack without Marshawn Lynch. They got off to a slow start last year, and they've shown no signs of turning it around anytime soon.
2) San Francisco's surprisingly efficient offense
On the flip side, Chip Kelly's system has improved San Francisco's offense exponentially this season. They rank in the top 10 in the league in points scored, putting up 28 and 27 points against excellent defenses in the Rams and Panthers, respectively, while showing balance on that side of the ball. Expect them to put up at least 17 or 20 points in this one - a number that the Seahawks haven't shown they'll be able to match.
1) Opportunistic defense
On defense, the 49ers are playing like the group that helped carry them to three straight conference title games. They are one of two teams in the league to rank in the top five in both interceptions (three) and fumbles recovered (three), using their aggressive style of play to force turnovers.