Opponent: at Seattle
Time: 1:25 p.m.
Line: Seahawks by 13
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Records: 49ers 3-6, Seahawks 4-5
TV/Radio: Ch. 40 (Chris Myers, Ronde Barber), 680, 1320
FIVE THINGS TO WATCH
Blaine train: Can Blaine Gabbert, the 49ers’ new starting quarterback, keep rolling after an impressive debut against the Falcons? The Seahawks’ defense is far more ferocious than Atlanta’s, and the game will be played in the NFL’s most inhospitable environment. The 49ers’ front office likely is as curious as anyone: Gabbert seemed unflappable vs. the Falcons; can he show the same resilience in a place where the 49ers haven’t won since 2011? If the answer’s yes, we’ll see more of Gabbert this year and perhaps even next.
Tank.0: The 49ers are refurbishing former second-round pick Tank Carradine. After trying to turn him into a 300-pound interior defensive lineman, the team now wants him to be a slimmed-down edge rusher. That’s what he played at Florida State, and the hope is that the 49ers’ pass-rush productivity will surge along with Carradine’s. It will be interesting to see how many snaps he takes in Seattle and whose playing time he takes.
Target Torrey: Wide receiver Torrey Smith has had some frustrating games this season, his first with the 49ers, but the team’s 20-3 loss to Seattle on Oct. 22 might be the worst. Smith, who mostly was covered by cornerback Richard Sherman, was targeted once and finished with no catches. Afterward, he said he was open throughout the game. The 49ers mostly stayed away from Sherman when Colin Kaepernick was quarterbacking the team. Will Gabbert attack him more often?
March on, Marshawn? In their victory over Atlanta, the 49ers held then-league-leading rusher Devonta Freeman to a season-low 12 yards on 12 carries. Was that defensive effort a fluke? The Seahawks will provide an excellent test. Running back Marshawn Lynch rushed for 122 yards in last month’s game, and he’s had at least 98 rushing yards in the last five games against the 49ers.
Deep thoughts: In last month’s loss to the Seahawks, the 49ers gave up five pass plays of 20 or more yards, including a 43-yard touchdown by receiver Tyler Lockett. The 49ers have given up 10 pass plays of 40 or more yards this season, tied for the third most in the league.
Out: RB Carlos Hyde (foot), QB Colin Kaepernick (left shoulder)
Questionable: WR Anquan Boldin (hamstring)
Probable: CB Kenneth Acker (concussion/chest), LB NaVorro Bowman (shoulder), CB Tramaine Brock (shin), LB Ahmad Brooks (shoulder), CB Keith Reaser (ankle), S Eric Reid (chest)
Out: LB Bruce Irvin (knee), WR Paul Richardson (hamstring)
Questionable: RB Marshawn Lynch (abdomen)
Probable: DE Cliff Avril (ankle), WR Doug Baldwin (toe), DE Michael Bennett (not injury related), DT Demarcus Dobbs (shoulder), T Russell Okung (toe/ankle), CB Cary Williams (hip), TE Luke Wilson (toe), LB K.J. Wright (knee)
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