Seattle Seahawks fans – the 2010 season has finally arrived, and I must say should be very interesting. Head Coach Pete Carroll has officially put his stamp on this young club, especially with the recent release of standout wide receiver T.J. Housmanzadeh. I question this decision as Housh was a proven threat and someone that the opposition had to game plan against.
Sunday, Seattle takes on the San Francisco 49ers, the preseason favorite to win the NFC West. The Seahawks offensive line has undergone an overhaul and this will prove to be the key that determines the success of the offense. First round pick Russell Okung begins his career having to protect Matt Hasselbeck from the always dangerous Justin Smith at defensive end. The line should be able to allow the Seattle running game to flourish, so long as 49er middle linebacker Patrick Willis is taken into account.
The defense is young and aggressive, but prone to mental miscues. The Niners feature a balanced attack and running back Frank Gore has had a history of using the Seahawks as his personal highlight reel. Combined with tight end Vernon Davis and wideout Michael Crabtree, Seattle must play smart and not try to make the highlight reel play. I look forward to seeing how Marcus Trufant, Earl Thomas, Lawyer Milloy, Kelly Jennings and company do against the offense. If they can fluster quarterback Alex Smith, the Seahawks can win. Penalties, poor tackling and coverage will be the questions that must be answered. Also, if the line can create problems for the 49er offensive line that features two rookie starters, the Seahawks should be able to give their offense extra chances to produce points.
I see the game ending with a 49er win (28-14). The Carroll era begins with a loss, which seems what management wants. Seattle seems destined to go the way of the Lions and Rams…The countdown to the first pick begins Sunday!
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Written by Sergio Paredes
Sergio Paredes is a Sports Information Director for a K-12 school in Los Angeles, California. An avid football, basketball and baseball fan, he enjoys following the Texas Longhorns, Oregon State Beavers, Sacramento Kings, Atlanta Falcons, Seattle Seahawks, San Francisco Giants and Tampa Bay Rays.