A healthier, improving San Francisco 49ers offense provides the best argument for the Bay Area team knocking off its NFC West division rival Seattle Seahawks on Sunday.
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On the latest "Around The League Podcast," we discussed the importance of Michael Crabtree freeing up fellow wide receiver Anquan Boldin and tight end Vernon Davis.
Davis said Friday he anticipates the Seahawks changing up how they defend a more robust 49ers offense.
"They're definitely going to have to make changes," Davis said, per the San Jose Mercury News. "We've got Crabtree back and have pretty much all our weapons. It's going to be exciting and interesting to see the changes they make to stop us. They can't leave us one-on-one the whole time."
In the 49ers' last two matchups against the Seahawks with Colin Kaepernick at quarterback -- both played in Seattle -- Davis had just four catches for 47 yards (including only one catch last season with Crabtree on the field).
If there is one defense built to slow even a healthy 49ers team, it's Seattle and its Legion of Boom secondary. Kaepernick has struggled against teams with a strong defensive line. The Seahawks' waves up front allow the back end to remain in coverage.
The chess match between 49ers offensive coordinator Greg Roman and Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn will likely decide who wins the grudge match at Candlestick Park.
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