Sitting at 1-0, having knocked off a league MVP and recent Super Bowl champion to start the 2013 campaign, the San Francisco 49ers have a lot to be enthused about and a lot to look forward to. This team, riddled with superstars and a wily head coach, is primed for a title in the not-too-distant future.
However, a Lombardi Trophy wouldn’t be so highly coveted if it weren’t hard to come by. The obstacles on the road to any title run are endless, and the 49ers happen to be side-saddled with their biggest one. It comes in the form of a bruising division rival that is essentially a carbon copy of the 49ers.
If there is one thing standing in San Francisco’s way, it’s Pete Carroll and the Seattle Seahawks.
These two teams are so evenly matched and so close to their ultimate goal, that it fuels the fire between them every time they share the field. This rivalry has intensified with every day. And when the opportunity arises for them to actually line up and hit each other, forget about it.
NFL fans can expect the battle for NFC West supremacy—and maybe the National Football League—to take place this Sunday night.
Seeing as how there is a lot riding on this one, as it is a game that comes with several unpredictable variables proceeded by numerous implications, the 49ers are on their toes and maybe not as loose as usual.
There are prevailing elements that can affect this game negatively for San Francisco and questions that may arise if they do. For a preview of the team’s biggest concerns heading into Week 2, proceed through the following.