The San Francisco 49ers have had a week to sit and think about the first win of the Kyle Shanahan era and now they will take on the NFC West rival Seattle Seahawks. The first time these two teams faced each other, it was a close game ... agonizingly close at times. But ultimately, the Seahawks are a better football team.
They have more talent and more established players, so they should win again today. But the 49ers are coming off a win and a bye week filled with preparation, so it will be interesting to see how they look. One has to wonder if this is the last stand for C.J. Beathard as well, or if the 49ers truly don’t think they need to see Jimmy Garoppolo soon to know if they want him to be part of the franchise going forward.
It should be a weird one with all the injuries, either way. Let’s get onto your links for the day.
49ers defensive coordinator Robert Saleh’s approach has defense playing hard (Cohn)
49ers trying to follow first win with bigger win over Seahawks (Branch)
Seahawks are diminished, ripe for picking by 49ers (Cohn)
Shanahan: Garoppolo playing under tag isn’t a big deal (NFL)
Shanahan: 49ers comfortable giving Garoppolo franchise tag in 2018 (Branch)
5 under-the-radar story lines of 49ers versus Seahawks (Biderman)
Shanahan faces difficult decisions 90 minutes before kickoff, for a change (Maiocco)
Seattle slide? Some wonder if Seahawks’ reign is coming to an end (Barrows)
Can Hyde finish with a flourish? Why 49ers will lean on him vs. Seahawks (Barrows)
49ers positioned to upset Seahawks but must contain Russell Wilson to do it (Wagoner)
John Lynch, 49ers riding in ‘positive momentum’ into Seahawks tilt (Inman)