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Quick, name the 49ers’ starting quarterback – and more on Seahawks’ Sunday foe

The 49ers are the sixth team in nine NFL seasons for quarterback Brian Hoyer (2). The 31-year old threw for fewer than 200 yards with a passer rating of 70.3 last weekend in this San Francisco home loss to Carolina 23-3.
The 49ers are the sixth team in nine NFL seasons for quarterback Brian Hoyer (2). The 31-year old threw for fewer than 200 yards with a passer rating of 70.3 last weekend in this San Francisco home loss to Carolina 23-3. Bay Area News Group/TNS

SEAHAWKS’ NEXT OPPONENT

SAN FRANCISCO 49ers (0-1)

1:25 p.m. Sunday, CenturyLink Field, Ch. 13 (Sam Rosen, David Deihl, Jen Hale)

Line: Seahawks by 13½.

Against the Seahawks: Seahawks lead the series 21-15. Seattle has won six straight home games in the series, by a combined score of 135-58. That includes the NFC championship Seattle won 23-17 in January 2014 to advance to Super Bowl 48. San Francisco’s last win at CenturyLink Field was on Christmas Eve of 2011, 19-17. Russell Wilson was a senior transfer quarterback at Wisconsin preparing for the Rose Bowl that day.

What to know: 49ers are coming off a 23-3 home loss to Carolina to begin their season. Their new quarterback is journeyman Brian Hoyer. This is Hoyer’s sixth team. He threw for 193 yards with a passer rating of 70.3 – way lower than his career rating 84.8. He got sacked four times, and got into his offense into the red zone once last Sunday. … Carlos Hyde, 988 yards and six touchdowns last season, returns as San Francisco’s lead running back. … He had 45 yards on nine carries last weekend against the Panthers. … The 49ers called 39 pass plays with just 15 runs after falling behind 10-0 in the second quarter. … Pierre Garcon, the former Washington wide receiver who signed with San Francisco this offseason for $47.5 million and five years, led the receivers with six catches for 81 yards. Hoyer targeted him 10 times. He didn’t throw to any other receiver more Hyde’s six catches on short passes out of the backfield. … Seattle thinks it had problems on third down in its opener at Green Bay? San Francisco was 2 for 11 against Carolina. … The 49ers, coming off a 2-14 season, also had 10 penalties. So, no, not exactly a bang-up start for first-time head coach Kyle Shanahan, the Falcons’ offensive coordinator last season, and first-time general manager John Lynch. Shanahan got noticed for blowing up on the sideline at officials during the opener. … San Francisco’s young, aggressive defense is the strength. It only gave up 287 yards by Carolina and forced four three-and-out drives. … Left end Arik Armstead and right tackle DeForest Buckner are the strongest on the defensive line. NaVarro Bowman remains a force a linebacker at the start of his eighth season. … Dynamic rookie first-round pick Reuben Foster is out indefinitely at weakside linebacker because of a high-ankle sprain he got last weekend. Ray-Ray Armstrong, a veteran of five starts in five NFL seasons, replaced Foster against Carolina and is likely to start in Seattle. But the 49ers reportedly worked out former University of Washington, San Diego Chargers and Miami Dolphins linebacker Donald Butler this week after Foster got hurt. ... Former Washington State and Wilson High School of Tacoma defensive tackle Xavier Cooper had a tackle last week in his debut for San Francisco. The 49ers claimed him off waivers from Cleveland the week before.

Quotable: "It was probably as disappointing as it could have been. … when you get it handed to you like that, you’ve just got to go in and figure out what’s wrong, make the corrections and move on." "—Hoyer in the San Francisco Chronicle about the 49ers’ opening loss to Carolina.

gregg.bell@thenewstribune.com @gbellseattle

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