The San Francisco 49ers are getting healthy. So are the Seattle Seahawks. The NFC West is about to go from a bleeding, persevering, top-notch division to a healthy, perhaps dominant, top-notch one. The rest of the NFC needs to watch out.
If the 49ers were in any other division, they would likely be favorites to host a playoff game in January—perhaps after a bye. As it stands now, they are projected by most analysts to enter January as a 5 seed—likely with ticket to Dallas/Philadelphia. However, their two losses have come at the hands of a vulnerable Seahawks team and the Indianapolis Colts, who also handed the Seahawks their only loss. Thus, should the 49ers defeat Seattle on December 8th, tiebreakers galore would have to go into effect—assuming, of course, both teams win out otherwise, which is highly unlikely for any team, no matter how good, in the NFL.
The Seahawks will be getting Percy Harvin back soon, however, along with starting offensive tackles Breno Giacomini and Russell Okung. As Russell Wilson has been getting POUNDED over the last few weeks, this extra protection may prove just what he needs to thrive. All it takes is one hit, however. . .
As for the 49ers, Aldon Smith and Mario Manningham are back on the active roster. Cornerback Eric Wright will be playing soon, as should rookie defensive lineman Tank Carradine. Wide Receiver Quinton Patton will hopefully return from a foot injury in the coming weeks as well. Oh, and by the way, there’s that guy named Michael Crabtree who should be back on the field in as little as two weeks. He, more than anyone for either team, should prove a difference-maker as Colin Kaepernick has been extremely limited in his offensive weapons at that position.
The Seahawks have overcome a couple of tough games in the last two weeks. I expect them to finally lose one somewhere before their highly anticipated final trip to Candlestick Park. Do not be surprised if that loss comes tomorrow in another soon-to-be-replaced stadium in Atlanta.