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  1. NYHawkFan says:

    Who’d of thought at the beginning of the season that sportswriters would say this about the Hawks. Quote from NFL’s Michael Schottey regarding this Sunday’s matchup between Seahawks and 49ers: “Two of the best teams in football playing some of the best football. At home, with that crowd and defense, it’s impossible to pick against the Seahawks.”

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/1447638-updated-super-bowl-odds-for-every-team-in-the-playoff-race#/articles/1448819-bleacher-reports-expert-consensus-week-16-nfl-picks/page/18

    Go Hawks!

  2. Dukeshire says:

    Schottey writes for Bleacher Report, he’s not affiliated with the NFL. In any case, it’s fun to see how big this game has become.

  3. NYHawkFan says:

    Not familiar with Schottey and not disagreeing with you, but here’s the byline.

    “By Michael Schottey(NFL National Lead Writer) on December 18, 2012″

  4. nmseafan says:

    Would the Hawks consider using Maragos, jeron Johnson and Winston Guy in place of Wright,Wagner and Smith/Hill as LBs on some defensive schemes in an attempt to put all their fastest defensive players on the field at the same time irregardless of the actual position that they usually play? It seems that if they were sure enough tacklers even though they are not as physically big as the regular LBs the speed factor might help stop runs by Kaepernick and any runs to the edges.

  5. nmseafan says:

    These safeties would probably be better able to defend the middle of the field better then the current LBs do at times. The question would be can the front four play lights out to stop Gore up the middle before he gets past the LOS.

  6. NYHawkFan says:

    The last time we played, San Francisco effectively used to the trap to exploit Seattle’s speedy linebackers. If you don’t hold position, the trap works great on LB’s who over persue. On the other hand, if you’re talking about using speed to put pressure on Kaepernick and rattle him, that option might work, especially since he’s never faced the 12th man noise at Clink, which adds another level of pressure.

  7. bayareahawkfan says:

    NYHawkfan – I believe that just means the guy’s role on bleacherreport is to write about the NFL (vs. all the other sports tracked and written about on the site).

    Another surprise, PFT’s pick for Sunday’s game, Florio suggests Seattle will win, and should have won the first game::

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/category/rumor-mill/

  8. nmseafan says:

    I understand and agree with the over pursuit issue. I guess I’m wondering if even more speed at the traditional LB position by lighter faster safeties might be an occasional wrinkle they can use to either blitz, contain edge runs and cover the middle more effectively than using their current LBs. Of course this would be a special scheme designed to contain and disrupt by moving defenders to the ball carrier or potential receiver faster.

  9. NYHawkFan says:

    Got it. Thankfully Kaepernick hasn’t developed much of a rapport with Vernon Davis, so hopefully over the middle, under the safety routes won’t be much of an issue. I see a much different game this time with the Hawks winning by 10 points or more.

  10. nmseafan says:

    I agree. Russell and the now wide open offense and the 12th man will make a big difference. Hopefully weather won’t be a factor.

  11. nmseafan says:

    Hawks 31- 17

  12. rramstad says:

    The Florio pick is buried on that link… here’s the relevant part

    49ers at Seahawks

    MDS’s take: The Sunday night game is a big one, matching the two teams that may be playing the best football in all of the NFL right now. On a neutral field I’d probably take the 49ers, but in Seattle I give the Seahawks the edge.

    MDS’s pick: Seahawks 21, 49ers 17.

    Florio’s take: The “what’s your deal?” rivalry suddenly has become one of the best in the game, making the frosty relationship between the two coaches an afterthought. The Seahawks could have, and should have, won the last time these teams met. This time, the Seahawks are even better.

    Florio’s pick: Seahawks 20, 49ers 17.

    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/12/20/pfts-week-16-picks-2/

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