Seahawks Look To Swoop On 49ers

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Rookie Russell Wilson has been impressive for the Seahawks. Image courtesy of Greule Jr/Getty Images
Two teams with very good defences; two teams which have run-first offences; two teams which have running backs coming off ordinary performances. Don’t tune in on Friday morning (AEST) and expect San Francisco and Seattle to be lighting up the scoreboard. What you will get, though, is two 4-2 teams who look like they will be there and thereabouts coming playoff time in the NFC West.

The surprising Seahawks are starting to make people sit up and take notice. Only the Bears are conceding less points per game this season, and an undersized rookie quarterback Russell Wilson  is starting to make things happen on offence. Last week against the Patriots he threw touchdowns to Braylon Edwards and Sidney Rice in the last 7:31 to engineer a one-point win. He threw for 297 yards and three touchdowns, claiming Tom Brady’s scalp along the way.

While coach Pete Carroll is slowly letting Wilson loose on offence, this remains a run-first team. It was fortunate the Seahawks had success in the air against New England, as running back Marshawn Lynch had a rare quiet outing. He finished with just 41 yards rushing, and it won’t get any easier against the Niners' defensive line.

After spanking the Jets 34-0 and the Bills 45-3 in the previous fortnight, the 49ers came back to Earth with a thud last week, thumped 26-3 by reigning Superbowl champions the New York Giants. If San Fran is to get over the Seahawks, it’ll need a much improved performance from QB Alex Smith , who was picked off three times against the Giants. Playing catch-up didn’t help the usually dependable running game, either, with Frank Gore gaining just 36 yards on eight carries. 

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