Frank Gore had only nine carries in a 20-17 loss here last season, and that won’t happen again. Gore will get at least double that amount as the 49ers will test Seattle’s new defensive line. The 49ers have invested in two first-round offensive linemen, and they plan to run behind LB Mike Iupati as much as possible. The 49ers are so worried about the crowd noise inside Qwest Field that they had crowd noise piped into practice this week.
On the flip side, the Seahawks want to use a controlled passing attack with Matt Hasselbeck while hoping that LT Tyler Polumbus, who is starting for injured Russell Okung, can protect his blindside. RB Justin Forsett will start for the Seahawks ahead of Julius Jones and Leon Washington. The surprise on the Seattle roster is that former Trojan, Mike Williams, who busted out in Detroit, is a starting receiver. New head coach Pete Carroll has been cleaning house with his roster, getting younger and leaner.