Championship Round team fantasy preview: Seahawks
The Seahawks have an unbalanced offense. For most teams this would mean they're losing a lot of games and abandoning the run early; for Seattle it is the opposite. This success has relegated Wilson to a game manager. A short passing game with a dynamic player could crank up his numbers, but until Percy Harvin comes in and completes a game, that's not likely to happen. Wilson has failed to reach 200 yards passing for each of the last five games and barely eclipsed 100 yards last week against the Saints.
The Kicker and the Defense
Here's where the Seahawks earn their money. They rank first in points allowed (14.4 ppg) and in turnover differential (+20); they're also near the top of the league for every other meaningful defensive statistic. While they allowed 19 points in a road loss week 14 in San Francisco, at home against the 49ers, they surrendered just three points. The defense is simply very tough to score on at home.
Kicker Steven Hauschka continues to be reliable, missing only two field goal attempts this season, and is perfect from outside of 50 yards. Last week Hauschka went three for three in less than ideal weather conditions.
On the other side…
In the Seahawks' 29-3 demolishing of the 49ers, Anquan Boldin was held to one catch for seven yards, but in the San Francisco win, he went six for 93. Boldin is a big, strong receiver who can physically and mentally battle the league's best, and Seattle's corners are the league's best. San Francisco's best chance of winning this game is Boldin winning that battle.