Per Mike Sando: Hawks rank DEAD LAST in the NFL in run defense since week 7. Giving up 5.3 yards per carry (only 3.3 ypc week 1-6 which ranked 2nd in the league).
Week 7 SF: 32 attempts, 175 yards
Week 8 Detroit: 22 attempts, 84 yards
Week 9 Minn: 27 attempts, 195 yards
Week 10 NY: 22 attempts, 84 yards
Week 12 Miami: 28 attempts, 189 yards
Week 13 Chicago: 33 attempts, 132 yards
Week 14 Arizona: 16 attempts, 43 yards
Week 15 Buffalo: 21 attempts, 118 yards
It doesn't take a genius to know where the soft spot is on this team. If I was Harbaugh, I'd run it all day and then some. Now that they have Kaepernick, they can mix in the zone read option as well. I expect to see a dizzying array of run formations by the 49ers this Sunday to try and confuse the defense. Assuming Sherman will play I doubt Kaepernick will be throwing down field a lot like they did last week against the soft secondary of NE. This will be dirty smash mouth football with Gore and Kaepernick getting most of the carries. I could even see some gadget reverse plays with Crabtree.
Of all the positions, Seattle's defensive line is the key to this Sunday's game IMO. The pressure is directly on Red Bryant, Branch, and Mebane to show up. Lately, all of them have been subpar at best. I feel bad for Red and his plantar fasciitis (I've had it and no doubt it sucks) but he needs to numb the pain somehow and elevate his game as he's been the worst of the lot. If we can't stop their run game it's gonna be a long and frustrating night.