The Seahawks can beat the 49ers if they;
1.Improve their defensive play against the rush.
This week the 49ers will be without the services of Kevin Barlow. That means Garrison Hearst will get the majority of the carries.
Head Coach Mike Holmgren says his team has got to stay focused; "we've had trouble stopping the run and that hasn't changed too much, and you would expect them you try to pound it a little bit. It's tough, I just want to go down there and stay focused. We have won a couple games in a row on the road and it would be nice to get another one."
2. Contain Terrell Owens
The 49ers will use All Pro Wide out Terrell Owens to stretch out the Seattle defense and create running opportunities for Hearst.
The last time the two teams played ( October 14th 2002) Owens caught six passes for 84 yards and two touchdowns.
The Seahawks will have to find a way to stop Owen without leaving themselves to vulnerable to the run.
Head Coach Mike Holmgren say's his team will have to play good team defense;
"I think, defensively, we're going to be a much better team on Sunday. I think we have a lot of pride over there. We know we're going against one of the best receivers in football. I mean he's a really good player, Terrell Owens, and one of the best quarterbacks in Jeff Garcia, Garrison Hearst. The trouble with that team is you can't really focus on stopping the run because the pass will really hurt you, or vice versa. So you have to play good team defense, and at times we have, but not nearly consistently enough this year.
3. The Seahawk offense needs to keep it's momentum.
The offense looked like it was hitting it's stride in last weeks win 39 to32 win over the Chiefs. Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck threw for 145 yards two touchdowns and no interceptions. Wide receiver Koren Robinson had eight catches for 168 yards and one touchdown.
Darrell Jackson caught six passes for 92 yards after missing three games from seizures.
Hasselbeck's performance earned him NFC offensive player of the week.
Head Coach Mike Holmgren says the best way to build momentum is to continue to win.
"You have to do it again and that's our best way of keeping it going, doing it again. I don't mean to be … but offensively in particularly we had all the receivers contribute, all of them had huge games. Shaun Alexander had a good game running the ball, Matt had an excellent game throwing the ball and there was pretty good protection. Now we have to put another one together like that and show we can do that, show each other we can do that on the offensive side of the ball."
Pre game Notes:
The 49ers own a 5-2 advantage in the series, including wins in four of the past five games.
Seattle has not won two games in a row this season .
Chris Tackle will start at left tackle for the injured Floyd Womack