Uh oh, Seattle Seahawks. Percy Harvin has officially been ruled out of Sunday afternoon’s action due to lingering issues from a concussion suffered in last weekend’s action. Make no mistake about it, this is a huge loss for the Seahawks. The Seahawks offense lacks any sort of explosion in the passing game whatsoever. This allows the San Francisco 49ers to key in on the running game and Marshawn Lynch, while manning up the Seahawks’ pedestrian wide receivers.
The Seattle defense will have to step up big time. If the Seahawks want to try to trade points with the 49ers, they will lose that battle. The 49ers simply have too many weapons in the passing game, including stud tight end Vernon Davis and wide receiver Michael Crabtree, to go along with matchup nightmare Anquan Boldin in the slot.
When it comes to offense, the 49ers simply have the edge. We all know how stingy the Seahawks can be on defense though. That will have to continue. After all, there is an old moniker in football that says defense wins championships. That said, those days may be long gone. This is an era of offense where records are being broken seemingly every year. The rules are even geared toward offense. Defenders aren’t allowed to touch a receiver after five yards.
The Seahawks are an old-school team. They win with a dominant running attack, defense and a solid quarterback who makes plays when he needs to. That trend will have to continue. If the 49ers can somehow get the game in the high 20s, I think it’s over.
It’s strength vs. strength — an explosive offense vs. a stingy defense. This is one of the better championship matchups in recent memory. Buckle up; it’s sure to be a bumpy and hard-hitting ride.