Seattle Seahawks’ Pre-Game Primer: Practice Is Over


Published: September 19, 2009

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... key NFC West game against San Francisco this weekend is expected to be a slugfest, with two improved defenses controlling the game.

Seattle’s offense struggled to run the ball against St. Louis. The Hawks did break one big run, Julius Jones’ 62-yard touchdown burst. But without that play, they ran for just 105 yards on 33 carries (a 3.2 average).

They’ll probably have an even tougher time running against the 49ers, who held Arizona to 40 yards rushing. That means Matt Hasselbeck can’t come out tight like he did in the opener, when he forced a lot of passes and threw two first-quarter interceptions. He can be excused, considering he hadn’t played since Thanksgiving and because he rebounded to throw three touchdown passes.

He’ll need to be that sharp against the 49ers. History says he will be: In his past 10 games against the 49ers, he is 8-2, with 18 TD passes.

The 49ers will try to get Frank Gore going again...

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