Good morning, 49ers fans! It is indeed Seahawks again. The San Francisco 49ers were beaten 20-3 three weeks ago on Thursday Night Football, and now they get another shot at the Seattle Seahawks, this time up at CenturyLink Field. Three weeks ago, this game was a battle between the third and fourth place teams in the NFC West. This time? It is again a battle between the third and fourth place teams. Seattle is tied for second with the St. Louis Rams, but the tie goes to the Rams due to head-to-head.
The 49ers are coming off the win over Atlanta, but the season continues to circle the drain. This is actually a pretty big game for evaluative purposes. If Blaine Gabbert can put together a decent performance against this Seahawks defense, I would be willing to consider that maybe he really has taken a notable step forward from his days in Jacksonville. It will obviously not be the be-all, end-all, but it would give us an intriguing data point.
Beyond that, even though I want to see the 49ers boost their draft position, I can't help but be entertained by the Seahawks flailing away at 4-5. They had nowhere near the turmoil and turnover of the 49ers this past offseason, and yet they are only a game ahead of the 49ers. It cracks me up to no end. I don't think the 49ers win up in Seattle this weekend, but if they did, that would certainly be embarrassing for the Seahawks.
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