This is not Josh. This post was written by SeahawksNerd. And his report on yesterday's Huskies game (holy shit!!) is here.
The Seahawks hit the road today for the first time this season. They meet NFC West rival San Francisco at Candlestick Park. After a perfect(ly meaningless) 4-0 pre-season, Seattle thrashed division rival St. Louis at home last weekend, giving new head coach Jim Mora a debut win. Keep in mind, however, that the Rams are a terrible, terrible football team—and the Hawks didn’t exactly look like world-beaters with 3 turnovers in the first quarter.
They’ll face a tough test today against a 49ers team who—like the Seahawks—are looking for a similar turnaround from a disappointing 2008 season. San Francisco got off to a great start last week, beating defending NFC champion Arizona on the road. The Hawks’ ability to shut down the SF rushing attack and score on a stingy 49er’s defense will be the keys. Stud linebacker Lofa Tatupu is expected to play, which should help with the former.
Following last week’s win, rookie linebacker Aaron Curry was quoted as saying: “The whole offseason, they said our team was soft. We’ve got to change our image.” Last week’s game against a hapless St. Louis team (that might not win 3 games this year) certainly didn’t do that. A key early road challenge against a competitive division rival is when we find out if this Seahawks team is for real.
Prediction: The line has hovered right around even most of the week, and the 49ers will kick off today as 1-point favorites. Expect a low-scoring struggle, and count me as a believer in Seattle’s ability to put enough points on the board to get past the Niners.
The Final score will be: Seattle 20, San Francisco 16.