The NFC West features only one team with a winning record, with the Arizona Cardinals (4-2) alone in first place. The St. Louis Rams (2-3) are in second place, and tonight's tilt between Seattle (2-4) and San Francisco (2-4) will determine who remains at the bottom of the division.
The undefeated Carolina Panthers (5-0) defeated the Seahawks 27-23 last Sunday. Seattle continues to search for answers as to why their season is far from what most anticipated for a team that is coming off two consecutive Super Bowl appearances.
The defense has been a letdown, particularly in the biggest moments, but that unit certainly isn't alone in the blame department.
Russell Wilson has been surprisingly inconsistent. So has the run game, with Marshawn Lynch hobbled. Of course, both of these problems point to issues up front. The offensive line is spotty and clearly misses Max Unger, who was traded to New Orleans in the Jimmy Graham deal. Full disclosure: I loved that transaction when it happened. I gave Seahawks general manager John Schneider plenty of praise. Unfortunately, maligned offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and Wilson haven't been able get Graham consistently involved. He had his best game as a Seahawk on Sunday -- by far -- with eight catches for 140 yards. Yet after the game, the always-classy Thomas Davis didn't offer a glowing review of the Pro Bowl tight end's general demeanor.
"I don't even know what to call him. He was out there talking trash," Davis said, via the Charlotte Observer. "He's probably one of those guys who is excited about his production and not really worried about his team losing the game."
The 49ers were victorious over the Baltimore Ravens (1-5) last Sunday by a final score of 25-20. They'll be looking to pin Seattle to the bottom of the division tonight and vault themselves out of the cellar past the Rams when they play against St. Louis next week.
That's your preview for tonight. The floor is yours. Enjoy the game!
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