The arms race that engulfed the Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers this offseason has taken a few early injury hits ahead of the 2013 season.
Arguably the most anticipated rivalry in all of football for at least this coming season, the Seahawks and 49ers made splash move after splash move this summer in preparation for what looks like the game's best divisional race. But injuries have taken their early toll.
The 49ers were dealt their biggest blow when top receiver Michael Crabtree tore his Achilles tendon in May. He needed surgery and will now miss a significant chunk of next season.
The Seahawks know San Francisco's pain. Newly acquired receiver Percy Harvin, expected by most to tilt the scales Seattle's way in the NFC West, needs surgery to repair a partial tear in his hip labrum. He'll now miss most, if not all, of 2013.
Two significant injuries won't tarnish the rivalry these two teams have quickly built, but the losses of Crabtree and Harvin do put the "Best in the West" argument back into the spotlight.
In the following slides, we'll breakdown which team has the edge at each position—taking early injuries into consideration—as the 49ers and Seahawks prepare for the 2013 season.