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Confidence couldn’t be higher for the Seattle Seahawks (4-2) after pulling the upset over the New England Patriots (3-3) in Week 6. At the time same time, the San Francisco 49ers (4-2) are on their heels after being completely outclassed by the New York Giants (4-2) at Candlestick Park on Sunday.
Neither team will have too long to think about Week 6 as they will meet in an exciting defensive clash on Thursday Night Football. They say, “defense wins championships,” but they don’t say what a defensive-minded team can do against another prominent defense.
That will, again, be the case for the San Francisco 49ers.
Both of the team’s losses have come against physical defenses that can control the line of scrimmage. Seattle can do that, and more.
Unlike the Vikings and Giants, the Seahawks have some excellent and opportunistic defensive backs that can shut down opposing receivers in addition to stepping up in the run game and disrupting routes before they can develop.
Alex Smith had his hands full with the Giants and was pressured into three interceptions. He’ll likely be put into more pass situations this week as the Seahawks defense was built to beat teams that pound the football. Their rush defense is remarkably second-ranked in the NFL, only allowing 70 yards per game on the ground.
On offense, Russell Wilson answered some questions about his ability to lead his football team with a big performance against the Patriots. He won’t have as easy of a day against the Niners but will be give some chances due to the focus on running back Marshawn Lynch. He’ll also likely have to make some plays with his feet to extend plays and keep the Seahawks’ drives going.
This game is a big one for both teams. Both teams need a big NFC West divisional win, but only one is playing good enough football to make it happen. Seattle will walk out of Candlestick with the division lead after a surprisingly convincing win over the 49ers.
Mike Hoag Jr. is a Breaking News Team writer with Bleacher Report and also covers the NFL and the Cleveland Browns for the site.