The season won't end if the Seahawks lose on Sunday at SF, but the rest of it will be a whooooooole lot easier if we just go ahead and win. On Sunday Seattle faces:
1. A road game, which even though this is an away game we usually win (5-2 at SF since joining the NFC West), the national media still assumes we're Detroit Lions West when we play away from Qwest.
2. A divisional game. Last year Arizona went 6-0 against the West, and 3-7 against the rest of the NFL. Let me repeat that: 3-7!!. If you dominate your division opponents, that will likely mean a trip to the postseason (unless you absolutely crater in all your other games). Sunday is one more game to tick off the checklist.
3. The 49ers. It seems like every year they are supposed to "break through" and get back to the top of the division they dominated before realignment. Now they have preening tough-guy Mike Singletary as their Head Coach, and one win against a mediocre Arizona team has the media anointing them as Kings of the West yet again.
(Rolls eyes, makes wanking motion)
Sorry Niners, when you let us crash your little NFC West party, we took over for good. We need to party like it's 2007 and pulverize their little dreams into dust. How about we knock out Shaun Hill with a separated shoulder, just for nostalgia's sake?
So this is about as big as a week 2 game can get. Win, and we are clearly the team to beat in the NFC West for 2009. Lose? We'll probably be scraping and clawing to get into the playoffs through week 17. I prefer the first option personally.
What do you think, sirs?