The Seattle Seahawks, who after a 41-20 thrashing of the Minnesota Vikings became the first NFL team to hit 10 wins on the season, now enter a well-deserved bye week. This young team, which has played with incredible ferocity and tenaciousness, is in the driver’s seat in both the NFC West and NFC as a whole. While the Seahawks certainly will benefit from the rest this weekend, some of their toughest tests sit just over the horizon.
The Seahawks come out of their Week 12 bye to clash with Drew Brees and the clicking New Orleans Saints. New Orleans is nipping at Seattle’s heels in the ever-important race to clinch home field advantage for the playoffs. They gave Seattle a hand by putting the 49ers away with a late field goal this past weekend, but Seattle isn’t going to get any favors once they line up opposite each other on Monday Night Football.
Then there’s the game the following weekend, a trip to Candlestick Park to square off with the 49ers. This rivalry has grown in national recognition over the past couple of years, and for good reason: these teams HATE each other. The fans seem to hold a similar regard for each other, as well, and the atmosphere around the matchup electrifies football lovers everywhere.
Seattle took it to San Francisco in Week 2, as the defense made Colin Kaepernick play more like a “Fairy-Niner” than a 49er. San Francisco at home is much tougher to deal with, however, and Seattle is surely in for a dogfight. Seattle hopefully won’t have too many wounds to lick after the final whistle.
Below is how I envision these two weeks playing out.
Watching New Orleans all season, I think they’re due to be embarrassed, and who better to deliver a blow to Louisiana morale than the high-flying Seahawks? Seattle is going to take advantage of the bye, prepare well for the inbound Saints, and come out and shock New Orleans, leaving no doubt as to who is the stronger NFC team.
After observing Seattle’s demolishing of New Orleans at home, the 49ers will realize they are running out of time to catch the Seahawks and will welcome Seattle to Candlestick with an aggressive and absolutely vicious game of smash-mouth football that will have football fans around the nation salivating. The 49ers will throw everything in their arsenal at Pete Carroll’s squad, testing the Seahawks in every facet of the game, in an amazing and desperate attempt to save the possibility of an NFC West crown. After four incredible quarters, Russell Wilson will lead Seattle down the field, and Steven Hauschka, whose legs are absolute money, will silence the 49ers on a gorgeous field goal.
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However the upcoming weeks shake out, one thing is certain: it’s sure to be an exciting time for the Seattle Seahawks.
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