The Seattle Seahawks are coming off of a very impressive win at home against the New England Patriots and must keep the momentum going as they prepare to take on their strongest division rival in the San Francisco 49ers.
Russell Wilson finally had the performance he needed against the Patriots leading them to victory with a fourth quarter comeback but this week he will be up against a much stronger defense.
The Niners have one of the strongest defenses in the league including a powerful pass rush that will give Wilson a difficult time if he is unable to get the ball out quickly.
Wilson will be up against defensive end Justin Smith along with one of the best linebacker cores that includes Aldon Smith and Patrick Willis. The offensive line of the Seahawks will have to play at a high level the entire night if Seattle wants to see the end zone.
Like every game, Marshawn Lynch has to be a big factor and run the ball to take the pressure off of Wilson and to keep the rush of the Niners away from the rookie quarterback.
The rookie quarterback should have confidence coming off of a big win where he had a solid performance at the end and needs to take that into this key divisional game.
On the defensive side of the ball for Seattle, they will have to key on running back Frank Gore who is an explosive back that will get the offense of San Francisco going early if they do not stop him.
Along with Gore, the defensive backs will have a challenging day covering the speed of wide outs Michael Crabtree and Randy Moss. It will be up to safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor to not allow any deep passes from these talented wide outs.
This is a very important game for the Seahawks and could mean the end of their hopes for any post season at the end of the year. Seattle is already 0-2 in division games this season without even facing the Niners. The Seahawks needs this win against a divisional opponent if they want to keep their hopes alive at seeing the playoffs.