Game snapshot: 49ers vs. Seahawks

The 49ers must run the ball to take pressure off quarterback Ken Dorsey in his second start and also product its improving defense against the NFL's No. 1-ranked offense.

KICKOFF: Sunday, 1:05 Pacific

SURFACE: Grass

TV: FOX, Curt Menefee, JC Pearson, Chris Myers

SERIES HISTORY:13th meeting. Tied 6-6. Seattle has won the last four games in the series, including 42-27 and 34-0 last season as the 49ers bottomed out. Seattle owns a 3-2 record in San Francisco. Coach Mike Holmgren has a 9-3 career record against the 49ers, a team for which he once was a highly-successful offensive coordinator.

2005 RANKINGS: Seahawks: offense 1st (3rd rush, 9th pass); defense 16th (11th rush, 18th pass). 49ers: offense 32nd (21st rush, 32nd pass); defense 32nd (21st rush, 32nd pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: The 49ers have averaged 42.4 passing yards and have not thrown a touchdown in five games since QB Tim Rattay was benched and subsequently traded. They haven't scored a touchdown of any kind in the past three games. QB Ken Dorsey will get his second start of the season, and rookie OL Adam Snyder will replace LT Anthony Clement protecting Dorsey's blind side. The translation is the 49ers must run the ball, not only to ease the pressure on Dorsey but to protect their defense. Seattle owns the league's No. 1 offense and its ability to make big plays in the passing or running games will be difficult for San Francisco to handle. The 49ers have played much improved defense in recent weeks, but must get multiple turnovers to keep the game competitive. The one area for the Seahawks to be concerned with is OLB Julian Peterson working against RT Sean Locklear, who handled Rams DE Leonard Little last Sunday.

FAST FACTS: Seahawks: Have eight sacks in the red zone and are allowing opponents to score touchdowns in just 40 percent of their red-zone possessions. ... Have won the past four meetings. 49ers: RB Frank Gore ranks third among rookies with 326 rushing yards. ... Seven of WR Brandon Lloyd's 23 receptions have been for at least 20 yards.

BY THE NUMBERS: 8 - The number of red-zone sacks by the Seahawks this season. Seattle's defense ranks tied for second in red-zone touchdown percentage (40.0). The red-zone sacks are a big reason why. Opponents have scored 22 points on the eight red-zone drives that included getting sacked by Seattle. … 3 - The 49ers have not scored a touchdown in three consecutive games, setting a franchise record for futility.

QUOTES TO NOTE:

--- "Everybody is always asking me about pressure and one-year deals. I don't think like that. My whole mind frame was to go out there and play. Be better than last year and that is all I am trying to do." – Seahawks RB Shaun Alexander, the NFL's leading rusher, who is playing under a one-year deal.

--- "I don't want to say that you have to weather the storm, but when you're building it the right way, you're going to go through a process. There's a reason that we were 2-14 last year, so now you have to build it up right. As we all know there are a lot of things that play into that. At some point I want the goals and the purpose to come together and be one. Right now they're separate." - 49ers coach Mike Nolan.


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