The Seahawks visit an aging (and soon to be irrelevant) Candlestick Park to take on the 49ers in a battle of the best of the West (we all know the AFC West is a joke). After their upset of the Patriots last week the entire Country knows that the Hawks mean business and now they get to prove it against the team that ran away with the division last season. But this game is more than just continuing to make statements on national TV it is a chance for the Hawks to take control of the division, to take control of their Playoff fate. This game will be huge in that matter as it would give the Seahawks their first divisional win of the season and their next three division games are at Century Link Field.
And that is the key point in this visit to the foggy city by the bay. This is a chance to make the Hawks the front runner for the NFC West title and therefore a team with a pretty damn good shot at making the playoffs. That means the Seahawks are going to have to do a several things to beat the 49ers and here are the three things I want to see form the Seahawks as they travel to San Francisco.
- MOAR BRUCE IRVIN: Irvin pretty much disappeared from this fans ever watchful eye against the Patriots. If they Seahawks are going to completely disrupt the 49er’s offense they have to get to Alex Smith and Bruce Irvin has proven that he is more than capable of hitting the opposing QB, he has 4.5 sacks despite playing only one third of the Seahawks defensive snaps. I want to see the Hawks run more packages with Irvin and for him and Clemons to consistently be harassing Alex Smith and the more sacks the better.
- Change the pace with Robert Turbin: The Seahawks have the second best run game in the NFL, at 131 YPG, and a lot of that come through Marshawn Lynch. For those of those who don’t realize it Lynch has had back issues all season long. So why not ease the work load on Beast Mode and start feeding the Rookie Robert Turbin a little more, after all he is averaging 4.5 YPC. Not bad for a rookie at all….
- Let Russell Wilson loose: Wilson’s won two games late on deep throws. He has shown the ability to pull the trigger on his reads and he has made his reads quickly. Defenses are stacking the box to stuff Marshawn Lynch and the run game; now is the time to continue to show them that the Hawk’s offense is not one dimensional and to prove to everyone else that Russell Wilson is the real deal.