Generating a pass rush point of emphasis for 49ers’ Tomsula

Linebacker Aaron Lynch sacked Seattle's Russell Wilson in last season's home matchup.
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The San Francisco 49ers will match weakness against weakness when they host the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night in an NFC West matchup.

The 49ers are desperate to get their pass rush untracked after failing to register a sack in each of the past two games. The 49ers had not gone back-to-back games without a sack since the 2008 season.

“We need to generate some more pressure there,” San Francisco coach Jim Tomsula said. “We’ve got to be able to transition and get going. That’s a good group. We’ve got to help them out and we will.”

Facing one of the league’s most elusive quarterbacks hardly seems like a recipe conducive to ending the sack drought, but Seattle’s Russell Wilson has already been dropped a league-high 26 times. 

Wilson, however, is not shy about taking off out of the pocket, rushing for 251 yards in six games and presenting another challenge for a defense that has a total of nine sacks – three by linebacker Aaron Lynch – and is surrendering a league-worst 306.2 passing yards per game.

“When you know at any point Russell Wilson can break out of the pocket and a receiver can go deep, you know every play can be that big play,” San Francisco cornerback Kenneth Acker said.

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