Offensively, the Niners will try to run the ball on the Hawks. The Niners are without Newberry and Harris. But that doesn't seem to bother versatile Kyle Kosier and rookie Justin Smiley. Plus, the Hawks are playing without Chad Brown and are relying on a rookie DT (Tubbs) to plug the middle. I think the Niners dominate Seattle's line just like NO's line. Even the banged up NO line is still better than a healthy Seattle line. Although the Hawks will probably load up in the box against the run. In that case the Niners do have a man by the name of Fred Beasley who always picks up the slack. Kevin Barlow might not get 100 yards, but Barlow, Terry Jackson, and Jamal Roberston will collectively put up 100+ yard game against the Seahawks. The Niners have something to prove, if this holds true then we will see it being led by an under-rated 2nd year Ken Dorsey.
Defensively, the Niners have to make sure Hasselback does not have a good game. Blitz-es would be nice if there are no more break downs in the secondary. Last week against the Saints the Niners blitz-ed at first and Heard was way out of position. If that can change this week I think this under- rated offense can put up enough points to win the game. The Niners have a deep and talented pool of linebackers maybe even the best group collectively in the NFC. The Niners will stop to the run. It is up to Secondary to make some big plays.