Cliff Avril up, Alvin Bailey down in Seahawks' win

Cliff Avril and the Seattle defense came alive against San Francisco -- sacking Colin Kaepernick six times and limiting the 49ers to three points. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- A look at Seattle Seahawks players who were "up" and those who were "down" in Thursday's 20-3 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.


Michael Bennett: He was a disruptive force all game long, finishing with 3.5 sacks.

"Even when he wasn’t getting to the quarterback, he was causing some issues, and guys were giving it up," head coach Pete Carroll said. "It was a really good night for him."

Cliff Avril: He chipped in with 1.5 sacks. Avril has been arguably the defense's most consistent performer all season. Week in and week out, he creates disruption even when he's not piling up sack numbers. Avril was a big reason why Colin Kaepernick had such a bad night.

Tyler Lockett: He gets open deep every week, but this was the first time Russell Wilson was able to hit him for a long touchdown. Lockett got free for a 43-yard bomb off play-action in the second quarter. He has now scored on a punt return, kickoff return and reception, only the second rookie to have done that since 2000 (Randall Cobb was the other), according to ESPN Stats & Information.


Alvin Bailey: He was put in a tough spot, coming in at right tackle for Garry Gilliam, but Bailey gave up a couple sacks in fill-in duty. Wilson was sacked five times on the night.

Wilson: Take this one with a grain of salt. When a team wins 20-3, there aren't a lot of negatives. But Wilson was intercepted twice. After the game, Carroll said he was "really disappointed" in the second pick. Wilson scrambled and tried to give wide receiver Jermaine Kearse a chance downfield, but there were two defenders nearby. Overall, Wilson was 18-for-24 for 235 yards, a touchdown and two turnovers.

The return game: Yes, we're nitpicking a bit here, but the return game hasn't provided much of a boost in recent weeks. Lockett had five punt returns for a total of 11 yards and one kickoff return for 20 yards Thursday. In closer games, the Seahawks will need special teams to give them more of a lift.