Hawks should stand alone atop the NFC West this Sunday

mike landryContributor ISeptember 17, 2009

SEATTLE , WA - SEPTEMBER 13:  Aaron Curry #59 of the Seattle Seahawks gets ready on the line during the game against the St. Louis Rams at Qwest Field on September 13, 2009 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

  The Seahawks will have their hands full this Sunday, but not with Frank GoreSeattle's run defense was spectacular last week against a much more physical back than Mr. Gore.  Seattle's defense held Steven Jackson to just 67 yards rushing and 22 of them came on 1 run.  The key to a Seattle victory will be the receivers ability to get out of their breaks quickly.  The 49ers are going to come after Matt Hasselbeck much like they did last week against Arizona.  Matt needs to be able to get the ball out in a hurry with screens and quick slants to keep them on their heels.

If Justin Smith and Patrick Willis can get at Matt, it could be a long day for the Seahawks, however, if Seattle can reproduce half the effort they had last week against the Rams, (no sacks allowed) they should dominate San Fran.  I see the Hawks taking care of business in the bay.

Seahawks 38 San Fransico 13