No Sherman against 49ers? No problem

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said RB Thomas Rawls is set to play in Seattle's home opener

The Seattle Seahawks welcome the San Francisco 49ers to CenturyLink Field on Sunday for an NFC West matchup of two teams looking for their first win after extremely underwhelming starts to the campaign.

Seattle has won its last six regular-season games against the 49ers by a combined 147-67, and the last four have come the week after a Seahawks loss. Game kicks off on Sunday at 1:25 p.m. PT. Hear Steve's one-on-one interview with defensive end Cliff Avril, his "710 with 710" conversation with KIRO radio's Mike Salk and Danny O'Neill and more. While both corners proved to be up to the challenge, each will likely be counted on to play large roles again against the 49ers.

RENTON - For the first time this week, Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman was a limited participant in team activities, though coach Pete Carroll said he went the "whole practice" Friday. Sherman is confident he will be playing.

Rookie linebacker Reuben Foster contributed that effort at Levi's Stadium last Sunday, making three tackles after being drafted with the 31st overall pick last spring and defending one pass play successfully. Look for Kam and Earl to establish a physical tone early, limit big plays, and help the younger corners against a suspect 49ers receiving core.

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"He's done just really well".

And typically the Seahawks have beaten the 49ers by getting back to basics, averaging 160 yards rushing in those four wins. That drive covered 52 yards over seven plays and 1 minute, 44 seconds. Graham's tough game contributed to the Seahawks inability to convert third downs as the team went only 3 for 12.

Carroll said Friday that Sherman played through a bit of pain during the Green Bay game last week and he was held out of Wednesday and Thursday practices for rest.

Still, if the Seahawks can't get the running game going at home against the 49ers with projected starting tailback Thomas Rawls back in the fold, it will be fair to ask when they will get it going. "Like more so strip fumbles and causing interceptions and things like that, and (this season) we're going to have our chances at the ball like that". "We'd love to get him out there but we don't want to have him go out for a few plays and then miss him for another month".

The Seahawks could not get any momentum rolling in their opener last week, with Russell Wilson struggling behind an bad offensive line that seems to have carried over from 2016, and the defense unable to avoid mistakes or stop Aaron Rodgers and the Packers offense. He has started 91 straight games for Seattle dating back to the middle of the 2011 season, rarely even coming close to missing a game with an injury.

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