49ers: Battle for NFC West Crown Heats Up as Niners Get Healthy

Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Earlier this week, numerous sources reported that Seattle Seahawks receiver Percy Harvin could be activated from the PUP list (physically unable to perform) in time for Week 8′s battle against fellow NFC West foe- the St. Louis Rams.

For some, the thought of this same Seahawks team that trashed the 49ers earlier this year only getting healthier might be enough to pencil them in as the favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl, but to those who are able to see the forest for the trees, it’s the 49ers who might be the team to beat come January.

Within in the next couple of weeks, the 49ers are excepted to have both Mario Manningham and Michael Crabtree back at wide receiver, along with the possible return of linebacker Aldon Smith, who is currently in rehab.

The 49ers currently sit at 5-2, second in the NFC West behind the 6-1 Seahawks, and over the next 9 games, the 49ers have six very winnable games (Jacksonville, Carolina, St. Louis, Tampa, Atlanta and Arizona). Seattle has an easier schedule with seven winnable games in their final nine.

While Seattle adds Harvin, the 49ers add to their already patchwork offense that’s in desperate need of help at wide receiver.

A fully healthy 49ers offense that includes Manningham, Boldin, Crabtree, Frank Gore and Vernon Davis on offense might be too much to handle, even for Seattle’s dominant secondary.

As the 49ers get healthier on offense, the December 8 battle at home against Seattle could turn into the game that decides the division and quite possibly, home field throughout the playoffs.

Topics: 49ers, Mario Manningham, Michael Crabtree, NFC West, Percy Harvin, San Francisco 49ers, Seattle Seahawks

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  • loverpoint

    I think the 49ers have a good chance to win their remaining 9 games and capture the #1 seed in the NFC.

  • Davidhd

    “but to those who are able to see the forest for the trees, it’s the 49ers who might be the team to beat come January.”

    That’s quite the homer statement. While I agree that SF is really close to Seattle and could end up winning the division and/or NFC, it would be an upset at this point. Seattle has a better record and an easier schedule going forward, and Kaepernick hasn’t exactly thrived against that defense. Even if Seattle loses in SF, they could still win the division and NFC, just by winning all of their home games, like last year, and by winning a bunch of road games against below .500 teams.

  • Matt

    You talk about how percy is the big story but the niners have lots of players coming back as well.

    What you don’t mention is that not only are the Hawks getting Percy back (who has NEVER played for the team before), they’re also getting back Giacomini (starting right tackle) Okung (starting pro bowl left tackle) Bobby Wagner (starting middle linebacker) Michael Robinson (starting Pro Bowl Fullback)

    So the niners get back a 3rd WR an iffy #1/#2 receiver and a good Defensive End and the Hawks return a #1 receiver, both starting tackles, starting middle linebacker and a pro bowl fullback but the niners are going to have more improvement than the hawks…

    also, “A fully healthy 49ers offense that includes Manningham, Boldin, Crabtree, Frank Gore and Vernon Davis on offense might be too much to handle, even for Seattle’s dominant secondary.” …
    are you kidding me? You mean the team that lost in seattle last year 42-13 plus boldin who had 7 receiving yards against the hawks in September?
    I’m not saying they won’t be better, but you’re crazy if you think they’re too much for Seattle to handle. Vernon Davis gets hurt every time he plays the seahawks.
    AND the seahawks play an easier schedule down the stretch than the team from san Francisco.

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