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Bring the Noise: Seattle’s “12th Man” Is Ready for Prime Time

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The Seattle Seahawks will host the defending NFC champion San Francisco 49ers in their highly anticipated home opener this Sunday night. There is a level of intensity to this growing rivalry that makes this matchup feel like a playoff game, when the season is just beginning. Seahawks fans understand how important an early victory can be within the increasingly competitive NFC West, and they have something special up their sleeves for this matchup. The fans known for creating some of the loudest crowd noise in the NFL want to make it official. A group of Seahawks fans called Volume 12 have organized an attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the “largest crowd roar”. The current record was set in 2011 at a soccer match in Turkey. The 12th man will have to roar louder than 131.76 decibels to beat it. One thing’s for sure, there is no better motivation than making things harder on Colin Kaepernick and the Niners as they roll into town for the game of the week.

Key matchups

Colin Kaepernick vs Russell Wilson 
A big topic of discussion this off-season was the sudden success of these young quarterbacks and the read option offense. Many believed guys like Wilson and Kaepernick would struggle now that defenses knew what to expect, but it seems the rival QB’s were not given enough credit. If week 1 was any indicator, these two are just as comfortable winning games with their arms as they are with their legs. Kaepernick had the edge last week throwing for 412 yds and 3 touchdowns, while Wilson threw for 320 yds and 1 touchdown. It’s tough to pick a winner here, both QB’s seem to find ways to win. The slight edge goes to Wilson, because he is a perfect 8-0 at Century Link.

Marshawn Lynch vs Frank Gore

As anyone who plays fantasy football knows, week 1 was a bad week for most NFL running backs. Lynch and Gore were both held under 50 yards rushing. They will definitely be looking to rebound this week in what always promises to be a smash mouth, physical game. Gore will also be trying to rebound from last December’s Seattle blowout, that left him with only 28 yards rushing. The Seahawks are dealing with a string of injuries and suspensions throughout their defensive line that could make things a bit easier on Gore Sunday. Seattle allowed Carolina to gain 134 yards on the ground last week. Lynch has it tougher, facing a niners defense that only allowed 63 total rushing yards last week. He has the added challenge of an offensive line that wasn’t up to par in week 1, but this is Beast Mode. He rarely has consecutive games with fewer than 100 yards rushing, and the Seahawks aren’t abandoning the run anytime soon. Lynch has rushed for 100 yards in his last 3 games against the niners, and he should bounce back and make it 4.

Seahawks secondary vs Anquan Boldin and Vernon Davis

With the defensive line rotating due to injuries and suspensions, there is added pressure placed on the Seahawks secondary. They lived up to the challenge last week forcing 2 fumbles against the panthers. This week they will face a red-hot 49ers offense in which Boldin and Davis combined for 306 receiving yards and 3 touchdowns. If anyone is up for the task, it’s Seattle’s big physical secondary. They will immediately attempt to stifle the 49ers passing attack, as opposed to the Packers who focused on the stopping the run and utilized zone coverage. The Seahawks will play man to man with special attention being paid to Anquan Boldin.

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Written by Maura

I grew up in a military family, so we moved around a lot. It makes it hard to really say where I’m from. But there was never any question as to what sports teams I would be a fan of. My father was born and raised in Boston and is a sports fanatic. I remember growing up watching the Celtics, Bruins, Patriots, and Red Sox with him all the time. I really developed a love for sports, especially football! Now, I live in Seattle, where I am finishing up a communications degree. I am pursuing a career in sports broadcasting. I have been lucky enough to do a couple of amazing internships in Colorado where I got to interview the Air Force Football team, attend Bronco games and press conferences, and co-host a weekly Monday Night Football pre-game radio show. I have really grown to love the football fan culture here. They know their stuff, and support the Seahawks no matter what! While, I will always be a Patriots fan, I am rooting for the Seahawks. I think they have a very talented young team and I am excited and eager to follow them.

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