The Seattle Seahawks are heavy underdogs against the San Francisco 49ers, and they’re even heavier with the possibility that Drew Lock will start in place of the injured Geno Smith. These teams played only two weeks ago, so there’s not exactly a ton that’s changed to suggest Seattle is capable of winning.
For this week’s Seahawks open discussion, let’s go to a classic topic that we’ve not done for a good while. Only the most outrageous homer would think that the Seahawks’ collective best players are anywhere near the level of what the 49ers have, and that’s not to speak ill of Seattle’s roster. San Francisco has multiple players who are among the best or the clear-cut best at their respective position, and that’s one of the reasons they’re in Super Bowl contention.
If you could pick only ONE 49ers player and put him in a Seahawks uniform, which one would it be?
You’re almost spoiled for choice on either side of the ball. The offense has Trent Williams still doing great work at left tackle, Christian McCaffrey dominating at running back, Deebo Samuel as the dual-threat receiver/running option, George Kittle as the do-it-all tight end, and Brandon Aiyuk is a rising star as a pure WR. There’s almost no point in bringing up Brock Purdy given how many skeptics there are of his abilities to do anything without superstar talent around him in Kyle Shanahan’s offense. Perhaps you do have a high opinion of Purdy and view his value as a seventh-round rookie worth the hypothetical flip to Seattle.
The SF defense is outstanding and the weaknesses are few. Fred Warner is arguably the top middle linebacker in the NFL, Nick Bosa is a superstar pass rusher, Javon Hargrave is in his prime years as an interior lineman, and while Talanoa Hufanga is out for the season with an ACL tear, he looks like he could be one of the better safeties in the league. I know I’m leaving some players out but you get the idea.
Remember that you only have one choice. Kyle Shanahan is not a player and thus is not an option.
Have at it!