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Quick Take: Best of West meet in prime time and NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport has his thoughts on the game:

Why this game is intriguing: This one did not jump off the schedule in the preseason. Based on popular opinion, the San Francisco 49ers looked fully equipped to overwhelm the lowly Seattle Seahawks. Not the case in mid-October. Instead, this game is an old-school cage match, featuring two of the NFL's most hard-hitting and intense defenses. Can any pair of linebackers hit like Patrick Willis and NaVorro Bowman? (No.) Can any secondary abuse receivers like the Seahawks' group? (No.) And it only makes it better that both squads have in-your-face running attacks, with Marshawn Lynch and Frank Gore each leading a group of backs we wouldn't want to meet in an alley. This should be fun.

What to watch: While I'm a noted NFL Network homer, my eyes lit up when I saw this was on Thursday night; meaning I get to watch it without any other games clogging my eyesight. Good. There will be plenty to dissect. The 49ers looked like the NFL's best team early on, but losing their dignity to the Giants last week sent them back to the grease board. They must rebound on both sides of the ball. And for the Seahawks, all they do is arrive in San Francisco high off a dramatic win over the Patriots -- one that saw Russell Wilson out-duel Tom Brady. Can they maintain focus?

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