With both the Seattle Seahawks and the San Francisco 49ers coming off games where they were outplayed and out-coached, this NFC West battle will have an increased sense of urgency with both teams needing to get back on track.
In some ways these teams mirror each other in their desire to run the ball and keep the down-and-distance manageable for their quarterbacks while playing tough defense on the flip side.
The 49ers have shown all year they are not built to play from behind. Of course, neither are the Seahawks, so it will be paramount for both teams to try to grab an early lead. You have to think Jim Harbaugh and the 49ers will try to get back to pounding Frank Gore between the tackles and get away from all the absurd bells and whistles Harbaugh went to against the New York Giants.
For the Seahawks, this is a statement game. The story all offseason when it came to the NFC West was "The 49ers and Everyone Else"—and so far, even with the surprisingly strong play from the Arizona Cardinals and St. Louis Rams, that has kind of played out so far this year. A big win, on the road, in front of a national television audience would go a long way not only in the standings, but in the national perception of the franchise.
In the video above, my B/R colleagues and I look at the biggest matchups and make our picks for the game. Let us know in the comments below where you agree, where you disagree, who you think will win the game and why.