Three keys to a Seahawk victory

The top two teams in the NFC West will square off on Sunday night to determine an early leader in the division race. Seattle (3-1) will be looking to bounce back from a 35 to 13 loss to the Green Bay Packers while the San Francisco 49ers look to build on the momentum created by a 24 to 17 win over the Detroit Lions.

1. Seattle defense wins battle of trenches.

Ends Chike Okeafor , Antonio Cochran tackles John Randel, Cedric Woodard and Norman Hand must  stop running back Garrison Hearst and get pressure on  49er quarterback Jeff Garcia. The 49ers will try to pound the ball early and then try to stretch the defensive secondary with play action passes. Green Bay used the same strategy last week and it worked to a tune of 35 points.                                                                                                                                                                             


2. Balanced offense.

The Seattle offense needs to get going early with a balanced running and passing attack.

Shaun Alexander has a knack for big games  when the states are high. He will need to have early  success to keep the 49ers from being blitz happy. The 49ers defense is 4th in the NFL against the rush  and 9th on pass defense.

The  tight ends Jeremy Stevens, and Ituli Mili will have to produce if  Matt  Hasselbeck is to have any success. Wide outs Koren Robinson and Darrell  Jackson need to get downfield .


3. Seahawks secondary  must be disciplined and healthy.

Rookies Marcus Trufant(right knee) and Ken Hamlin( left foot) missed  most of the weeks practices. The secondary will need to play it's best game of the year in order to stop Terrell Owens and  Tai streets.  Cornerback Ken Lucas  and strong safety  Reggie Tongue will need to stay in their assignments. Seattle will probably use multiple  zones, and man  packages to offset the speedy Owens.


Game Notes:

San Francisco has outscored  Seattle 136 to 109 in Seattle. The 49ers have won five of the last six contests against Seattle. The 49ers are  4-1 against Seattle on the road.

Seattle lost both game to the 49es last year. Top Stories