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.