Wilder, Wild West
For the longest time, the Seattle Seahawks and the St. Louis Rams was always the rivalry match-up to pay attention to in the NFC West.
This season, it’s the San Francisco 49ers.
With two emerging superstar quarterbacks, the Seahawks‘ Russell Wilson and 49ers’ Colin Kaepernick will be ready to come back with their coaches, Seattle’s Pete Carroll and San Francisco’s Jim Harbaugh.
Squaring up with San Francisco
Clearly, the team that everyone is chasing in the division is the San Francisco 49ers. The 49ers won the NFC West title and NFC Championship title. They even almost became Super Bowl Champs before losing to Joe Flacco and the Baltimore Ravens.
The matchup against San Francisco will be intriguing all season long.
The quarterback matchup with Wilson and Kaepernick will only get better as both of them are expected to better themselves after their postseason experiences last season.
With this lineup, these running backs will have a great matchup against San Francisco’s Frank Gore, LaMichael James and new NFL draft pickup Marcus Lattimore.
More prime-time coverage gives more exposure to division
The Seahawks are playing three prime-time games against divisional teams this season.
Looking back at how the Seahawks were playing last year, not only will they earn more respect nationally, but this will also show how strong the NFC West can be.
Seattle opens up their first divisional game and Sunday Night game against San Francisco on September 15th.
The Seahawks blew out the 49ers at home last year, 42-13 in front of NBC’s Sunday Night Football stage. It would be great to pick up where they left off, especially against the 49ers for their home opener.
Seattle plays their second divisional game against the St. Louis Rams on October 28th. It just so happens that this is also their first Monday Night game.
Seattle was a big part of controversial Monday Night Football news last season, when the referees called Golden Tate making the final catch of the game over Green Bay’s M.D. Jennings.
Tate and Jennings both caught the ball in the end zone. However, according to Rule 8, Section 1, Article 3 in the NFL Rulebook: If a pass is caught simultaneously by two eligible opponents, and both players retain it, the ball belongs to the passers.
Last but not least, Seattle plays a Thursday Night game on October 17th at Arizona. Two of the three divisional games played in prime time are on the road.
If the Seahawks can pull off those important divisional wins on the national stage, they will prove to everyone that they’re the team to beat in the West.
Most of last year’s team is returning
Although the Seahawks traded away Matt Flynn and cut one of the strongest punt returners – Leon Washington, most of last year’s team will be back.
The NFC West needs to watch out because the Seahawks are going to be better, harder, faster and stronger.
More respect will be gained in the country as ESPN has already made a preseason pick for Seattle to win the division.
It’s going to be a fun season Seahawks fans! Even better to see how wild the West will really be.