Hey, look! We’ve got ourselves a MUST WIN GAME!
Hahaha. We haven’t had one of these in quite awhile.
But, let’s face it, if the 49ers can’t beat the Seahawks here at home, they’re not likely to in Seattle. And that would wipe out the two game lead the team has on them now, plus the head-to-head tiebreaker. Good-bye division lead.
Nick Mullens beat Seattle last year to break an ignominious run of futility against them. And that 49er team was nowhere near as good as this year’s team. But, that was last year. It don’t mean squat now.
The team should see the return of Joe Staley and Kyle Juszczyk, which should help the running game. RT Mike McGlinchey could return, also, but his replacement Daniel Brunskill has been very good, so this isn’t a pressing need.
The Niners have a better defense, by far, than Seattle, but this game, like all Seahawks’ games, will come down to Russell Wilson water bugging around in the backfield waiting for one of his WRs to get open 30 yards downfield. If that doesn’t happen, he’ll scramble for ten yards and a new set of downs.
That’s their fourth quarter offense. The first three quarters, they’ll run the ball a lot. The 49ers haven’t been that great stopping the run lately, and the loss of ILB Kwon Alexander won’t help.
So much for the obvious. What we need here is a win, any way we can get it. The team would be 3-0 in the division, with a three game lead over the Seahawks and the Rams. Case closed.
Still, what we want is a little bit more extravagant. Is it too much to ask for a sweet Carolina-type beat down? The kind that would send these bums back to Seattle with their tails dragging and their spirits squashed. The kind that would have Pete Carroll thinking about hanging up his coaching cleats, tossing out his gum wads, and packing it in.