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Morning links: Keys to Hawks vs. 49ers

Good morning from San Francisco. We'll be blogging live during the game again today, so check back later for regular updates throughout the game as blog master Ryan Divish keeps you updated.

Here are a couple things Seattle needs to do well to come away with a victory in San Francisco.

Start fast: Seattle’s offense turned the ball over on three of its first four possessions against St. Louis last week. If they come out with a similar performance early in the game they will be buried and have little chance to come back against San Francisco’s talented defense.

Take what they give you: Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has to be patient against San Francisco’s defense and settle for the check down stuff early in order to move the chains, softening the 49ers' defense up for the big play later in the game.

Sene-cat time: I think we might see a couple more big plays from quarterback Seneca Wallace in the “Wildhawk” formation, which could help Seattle move the chains in a critical situation.

Make QB Shaun Hill beat you: We know what Frank Gore can do for San Francisco’s ground game, so it will be important for Seattle to be able to contain Gore without putting an extra man in the box. If Seattle routinely has to put eight men in the box to stop the run, then they could open themselves up to giving up the big play.

Our own TNT columnist Dave Boling says Seattle must match San Francisco punch for punch today in what he expects will be a slug fest. Boling:

By going to Arizona and pounding out a win over the defending division champ in the season opener, Singletary’s 49ers immediately stamped themselves the new tough guys in the neighborhood.

The challenge is now this: Do you have what it takes to go to Mike Singletary’s house and try to take something from him?

That’s what the Seahawks are facing. And aside from the issues of whether the Seahawks can stop San Francisco’s running game, and the offensive line can handle the Niners’ defensive pressure, this game is a chance for the 2009 Seahawks to stand up and show how well they can take and deliver a punch.

Seahawks head coach returns to San Francisco, the place that helped him develop as a coach.

Greg Johns of Seattlepi.com previews the game here.

Brock Huard of ESPN 710 Seattle offers some keys to the game.

John Boyle of the Everett Herald says it's a big game for Seattle.

Brian McIntyre of NorthwestFootball.net offers this scouting report on the game.

San Francisco 49ers

Kevin Lynch of Niners Insider previews the game.

John Crumpacker of the San Francisco Chronicle says the 49ers are still looking for some respect nationally, even after beating the defending NFC Champions at home.

Matt Barrows of the Sacramento Bee notes that the 49ers are last in the league in rushing after Week 1, but the coaching staff says they will make no changes.

Arizona Cardinals

Kent Somers of the Arizona Republic says its crucial for the Cardinals to get a win over the Jags.

Darren Urban of azcardinals.com strikes a similar tone here.

Here’s a scouting report on the game.

St. Louis Cardinals

Jim Thomas of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch breaks down the Rams-Redskins matchup.

Brian Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch says the game is more important to Washington than St. Louis, with Redskins coach Jim Zorn on the hot seat.

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