Yes, playing on Monday night made it a short work week for the Seahawks to prepare for Sunday’s battle with the 49ers in San Francisco. From all indications Seattle is very health, and more than ready to go capture the NFC West against the defending division champs.
“Every game is huge and this is an enormous opportunity for us,” said coach Pete Carroll “We’re going to do everything we can to play a great football game and we practiced the way we needed to.”
Seattle overwhelmed San Francisco 29-3 in week two of the season. The 49ers’ offense, especially the passing game struggled until the past couple weeks. Carroll expects the opponent to use a heavy dose of Frank Gore and the run game in the rematch at Candlestick Park.
The Seahawks will apparently try to slam the football against the 49ers front seven as well. Carroll said James Carpenter will get the start at left guard instead of Paul McQuistan.
“Carp is gonna start this week, he’s earned it. We told him a couple weeks ago he was going to be in this kind of rotation. I love the fact we’re this late in the season and we’re still competing for spots,” said Carroll.
The Seahawks go into San Francisco with excellent health. Receiver Percy Harvin (hip) and cornerback Brandon Browner (groin) are the only players ruled out for this game. Carroll said the team has still not received any news from the NFL about Browner’s appeal of a possible one-year suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy.
Carroll hopes Harvin will be able to practice more next week when the Hawks prepare for their final road game of the season against the New York Giants.
Safety Kam Chancellor is listed as probable with a hip injury. He could be a key man covering San Francisco tight end Vernon Davis.
San Francisco left tackle Joe Staley (sprained knee) told reporters he will play Sunday. All pro guard Mike Iupati (sprained mcl) has not been ruled out.
It will be Seattle’s final trip to Candlestick Park. The 49ers move to a new stadium near Santa Clara next season. Bay area product Pete Carroll said he has enjoyed many good times in the former baseball stadium, and would like to have one more lasting winning memory.
Bill Swartz, 1090TheFan
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