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San Francisco 49ers @ Seattle Seahawks Open Thread

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Date: September 14, 2008
Time: 1:05pm PST
Location: Qwest Field, Seattle, WA
Records: 49ers (0-1) Seahawks (0-1) Spread: 49ers +7; Over/Under 38; Money Line: 49ers +240, Seahawks -280 - With all the injuries, bet on this at your own risk
Weather: 68°, 20% chance of showers, wind N 8 mph
TV Broadcast: Fox - Kenny Albert, Daryl Johnston, Tony Siragusa
Radio: 107.7 The Bone, 680/1050 KNBR - Joe Starkey, Gary Plummer, Rod Brooks
Spanish Radio: KIQI 1010-AM, KATD 990-AM - Fernando Arias and Ambrosio Rico
Seahawks Coverage: Field Gulls

Sports Bar Thread - If you forgot to pick miss any of the games, you can always just predict the later ones to get any points you can. If you miss all of today's you can just pick MNF if you want.
Week 2 Prediction Contest

49ers: Probable - C Eric Heitmann; Questionable - CB Donald Strickland

Seahawks: Probable - CB Marcus Trufant, LB Lofa Tatupu, DE Baraka Atkins; Doubtful - OT Sean Locklear, WR Deion Branch; Out -WR Bobby Engram, RB Maurice Morris

Editor's Update 1:08pm - Seneca Wallace OUT with leg injury

Inactives (Updated 11:57pm)
49ers: QB Jamie Martin, CB Marcus Hudson, CB Donald Strickland, CB Reggie Smith, C Cody Wallace, LB Tully Banta-Cain, G Chilo Rachal, LB Ahmad Brooks

Seahawks: OT Sean Locklear, WR Deion Branch, DE Baraka Atkins, RB Maurice Morris, WR Bobby Engram, DT Red Bryant, K Brandon Coutu

Matt Maiocco describes this game as a GPS game for the 49ers. In spite of all the injuries to Seattle, I agree that this will definitely give the 49ers a better idea of where they're at in the NFL world. If healthy, the Seahawks defense brings a great pass rush, a solid secondary and great linebackers. Even if their offense does struggle, the defense will be able to keep them in this game.

This is not a game for a close, moral defeat. If the 49ers want to be relevant in 2008, I think they need to win this game. It's going to be a tough game and Seattle has plenty of healthy talent to win this game. Throw in a crazy crowd for the home opener and it's going to be a battle. However, if the 49ers can avoid too many turnovers and even create some of their own, this has definite upset potential.

For the second straight week I think we'll just use this as the open thread for all early games. If we get a repeat of last week's commenting I'll open up a second half thread. And as always, I'll be back with a post-game recap.