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Seahawks WR David Moore to be out 'a while' with shoulder injury

Seahawks WR David Moore to be out 'a while' with shoulder injury

The depth chart at wide receiver just got more intriguing as the Seattle Seahawks are now going to be without David Moore for "a while," according to Pete Carroll.

Carroll told reporters that Moore hurt his shoulder in practice on Thursday and will miss significant time. Moore won't be ready for the start of the regular season and appears destined for Injured Reserve. The Seahawks have two options should that be the case. The first is to keep Moore on the active roster for 24 hours before moving him to Injured Reserve. That would allow Moore to return after missing eight games, although they'd have to cut an extra receiver since Moore will initially occupy a spot on the 53-man roster.

The second option, and the one I'm betting happens, is to put Moore on Injured Reserve before roster cuts which would end his 2019 season. Seattle would then be able to keep Gary Jennings, John Ursua and Jazz Ferguson without the risk of losing any of them in waivers. Malik Turner would also be a candidate to make the team. He caught two passes for 20 yards in six games as a rookie in 2018.

If the Seahawks go with Option 2, that would leave them with very little NFL experience at the position. Tyler Lockett and Jaron Brown would be the only two receivers to play in a regular season game (unless Turner makes the team, of course). Seattle could also make a trade or scoop up a veteran following roster cuts.

Brian Schottenheimer said Seattle "underutilized" Brown last season. That shouldn't be a problem now as Brown figures to be the Seahawks No. 2 receiver to open the year until Metcalf gets back to full strength. Brown caught 14 passes for 166 yards and five touchdowns in 2018.

Seahawks in action vs. 49ers, follow us for live updates

Seahawks in action vs. 49ers, follow us for live updates

It took overtime, but the Seahawks pulled off the 40-34 victory over the Buccaneers last week to improve to 7-2.

Now the Seahawks face one of their biggest tests of the season: The undefeated San Francisco 49ers.

Can the Seahawks pull off the upset and stay in the NFC West hunt, or will the 49ers improve to 9-0?

Be sure to follow our Seahawks Insider Joe Fan on Twitter, for updates and analysis throughout the game from San Francisco

Then come back here to NBC Sports Northwest after the game for analysis, blogs, videos, and player interviews.

More Seahawks: 

Headstrong: How Russell Wilson relies on his family, positive self-talk and mental health 

Week 10 preview: 5 Seahawks players to watch vs. 49ers 

Seahawks, 49ers debate over the ability to acknowledge rivalries in the NFL 

Josh Gordon already making a positive impact on DK Metcalf with Seahawks

Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast: How Seattle's 'us against the world' mentality could put them in the driver's seat

Headstrong: How Russell Wilson relies on his family, positive self-talk and mental health


Headstrong: How Russell Wilson relies on his family, positive self-talk and mental health

Over the course of the month of November, NBC Sports will be releasing videos that feature various sports superstars discussing the importance of mental health as well as how they approach the subject.

NBC Sports will then release a documentary titled “Headstrong” in conjunction with men’s health month. Among the athletes who participated in the nationwide project was Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson.

Wilson has long been an advocate for mental health, and he speaks to his mental health coach Trevor Moawad on a daily basis. He said he established an appreciation for creating a positive mindset at a young age.

“I think the mind is everything,” Wilson said. “My parents used to talk to me about how we think and how we talk and the power of language is everything. Really it’s the core of what mental health is.”

Wilson’s parents encouraged him to have an imagination and believe in himself. They taught him that speaking things into existence would allow him to be successful and make the most out of his potential.

Seattle’s 5-foot-11 franchise quarterback faced several challenges as a kid. His family didn’t have much financially, and, even then, he was told he was too short to ever be an athlete of any significance. There was never a shortage of people telling him no.

“I’m thankful for my parents giving me a vision – for giving me positive language and giving me language of life and not negativity,” Wilson said.

Wilson is famous for his optimism, and that outlook is contagious throughout the Seahawks roster. Every word out of his mouth during a game – no matter if the Seahawks are up by seven or down by 20 – is positive. It’s part of the reason why Seattle has become notorious for late-game comebacks with Wilson at the helm.

But even though the QB appears to be a master on the topic of mental health, it’s still something he works at on a daily basis.

“You don’t have to be sick to get better,” Wilson said. "No matter how successful you are or what status you are – a top quarterback or if you’re trying to overcome cancer – the best thing that we can do is have positive language.”

Neutral language is also just as important as having a positive mindset. The Idea of neutrality means to have the ability to assess your situation – good or bad – without letting it impact you positively or negatively. That allows you to best understand the necessary course of action without being influenced by emotion.

Wilson said that losing his father was the event that challenged him the most from a mental standpoint. His father was sick and his passing wasn’t a surprise, but that didn’t make the situation any less devastating.

Wilson shared that he feels his dad with him every place he goes. It’s the quarterback’s devout faith that helped him not only get through the loss of his father, but grow and thrive from it.

“The sun still comes up in the morning,” Wilson said. “That’s the reality. If we can have that great perspective that the sun is still going to come up, and we can believe in that and have great faith and have great people to surround you and love you and care for you – that’s critical to life.”

Wilson is currently having an MVP-caliber season having led Seattle to a 7-2 record through nine games. He’s the only quarterback in NFL history to have 22 touchdown passes and just one interception at any point in a season.

For more on NBC’s headstrong initiative, head to our Headstrong website.

Week 10 preview: 5 Seahawks players to watch vs. 49ers

Week 10 preview: 5 Seahawks players to watch vs. 49ers

The matchup we’ve all been waiting for is almost here. The Seattle Seahawks (7-2) are in the Bay Area for a primetime bout against the San Francisco 49ers (8-0).

Monday’s night’s contest will dictate who’s in control of the NFC West and will serve as a litmus test for both teams. Here are five Seahawks players who will play pivotal roles in whether or not Seattle is able to come away with a win.

1. DE Ziggy Ansah

I wasn’t lying when I said that Ansah would be on this list until he showed up. Seattle will desperately need its pass rush. Jimmy Garoppolo will carve up the Seahawks secondary if he’s allowed to sit in a clean pocket all game long. Pete Carroll said during the week that Ansah is still lacking strength and is about 10 pounds away from where he needs to be. Ansah is going to have to find a way to be productive without being at 100% because Seattle doesn’t have any other options at edge.

2. DB Quandre Diggs

Diggs is one of Seattle’s two wildcards in this game. He is yet to play a game for Seattle, but it appears that he’s finally ready to make his Seahawks debut. Diggs’ hamstring is healthy, and he doesn’t carry an injury designation going into this one. We have no idea how Diggs will fit into Seattle’s defense. Nickel corner seems to make the most sense as Diggs would be able to make a big impact while not having to be an every-down player. He’d figure to be an upgrade over Jamar Taylor.

3. WR Josh Gordon

Gordon, obviously, is the other wildcard. The receiver told reporters on Saturday that he’s healthy and ready to roll. I can’t imagine the Seattle makes him inactive. His mere presence alone will be enough to capture San Francisco’s attention. Jaron Brown, David Moore and Malik Turner played a combined 64 snaps in Week 9. There’s no reason why 25 of those can’t go to Gordon. His potential Seahawks debut will be one of Monday night’s biggest storylines.

4. TE Jacob Hollister

Hollister caught four passes for 37 yards and two touchdowns in Week 9 against the Bucs, including a 10-yard walk-off score. He’ll have the opportunity to take advantage of 49ers rookie linebacker Dre Greenlaw, who will be making his first career start in place of Kwon Alexander (torn pec). Alexander was one of San Francisco’s emotional leaders on defense, and he was also fantastic in coverage. Greenlaw will have big shoes to fill. It would be silly for Seattle to not challenge the rookie early and often.

5. RB Chris Carson

San Francisco’s defense has been fantastic, but the 49ers have largely benefitted from playing with a lead. That has made opponents one dimensional. If Seattle can avoid an early deficit, sticking to the run game will be crucial. The 49ers have allowed 4.7 yards per carry this season and two-consecutive 100-yard rushers. Kenyan Drake racked up 110 yards and a touchdown on just 15 carries in Week 9. Before that it was Christian McCaffrey with 117 yards on 14 carries.

The 49ers utilize a Wide-9 alignment along their defensive front to buoy the pass rush. But that strategy does leave gaps against the run. Carson has four 100-yard games this season, and Seattle will likely lean on him heavily Monday night. Getting Carson rolling will help keep the 49ers talented defensive line off balance.

Seahawks, 49ers debate over the ability to acknowledge rivalries in the NFL

Seahawks, 49ers debate over the ability to acknowledge rivalries in the NFL

We all know that Seattle Seahawks fans and San Francisco 49ers don’t care for each other. Every 12 or member of the Faithful would gladly tell you all about the rivalry that exists between the NFC West foes.

From 2012-15, the rivalry was one of, if not the best in the NFL. Now that the Seahawks are 7-2 and the 49ers are 8-0, there’s a chance for Monday night’s contest to reignite the fued between both teams.

I spent the last few days asking around as to whether or not it’s possible to acknowledge rivalries in the NFL. Here are the responses I received followed by my take on the matter.

HC Pete Carroll

Carroll, as expected, dismissed the conversation all together. In his mind, it’s not possible to acknowledge a rivalry while still approaching every game like a championship opportunity. That would mean to place more value on one game compared to others.

“It isn’t in my mind,” Carroll said. “Every game to us is a championship regardless of who we’re playing, where we’re playing, what the situation is, what the schedule says, what the matchups are and what’s happened before. In that case, there is no one game that’s different than another. We don’t want it to be. We want to play every game like it’s the only game we’ve got. That’s how we approach it.”

So at no point will he ever mutter the word?

“It’s not part of the mentality at all,” Carroll said. “That’s right.”

What’s funny is that Carroll was later asked about whether or not he wishes Jim Harbaugh was still in the NFL. Carroll and Harbaugh have a lengthy history that began at USC and Stanford and continued with the Seahawks and 49ers, respectively.

“Yeah. I like Jim. I like Jim a lot. I think he’s a great ball coach. He won’t like me saying this, but I love beating him,” Carroll said while smiling. “He’s doing great. I think he’s an incredible coach. I think he’s unique, he’s tough, he’s smart. Creative. He’s a great ball coach.”

But it wasn’t a rivalry between them?

“No,” Carroll said. “I think you guys thought that. We played them. It was fun.”

It’s hard to imagine that wins against a Harbaugh coached team didn’t feel even a little bit more satisfying than other victories, but who knows. *insert shrug emoji*

LB Bobby Wagner

Wagner acknowledged that Seahawks vs. 49ers from 2012-15 was a rivalry. But he noted that it had more to do with the people involved and the stakes in some of those contests. There’s an added emotion on both sides when you end someone’s season or someone ends your season.

There were so many faces in that rivalry on both sides that remained consistent during that stretch. That’s why Wagner doesn’t believe these two teams are currently rivals beyond what’s typical for divisional opponents. And that’s fair, in my opinion. There’s not a ton of history between players on these two teams.

Except for Richard Sherman, of course. Wagner and Sherman are still close friends and hate losing to one another.

“Richard is a person that’s not going to let you live that down until the following season unless you beat him at basketball in his house,” Wagner said, who enjoys reminding everyone he beat Sherman in 1-on-1 last offseason. “He’ll deny it, but I’m pretty sure a guy like that has cameras at his house and we can find some footage.”

Wagner said it would take a postseason matchup in order for 49ers-Seahawks to get anywhere close to the rivalry it was in its heyday. He’s probably right about that.

49ers HC Kyle Shanahan

I asked Shanahan the exact same question I asked Carroll: “Is it possible to acknowledge/appreciate a rivalry while still approaching every game the same way?”

Shanahan gave a much different response.

“Yeah it is,” he admitted. “Every game you feel as though it’s the biggest game of the year, so that really doesn’t change. But, teams in your division, teams you play twice, things like that, there’s always a little different feel to it. You don’t make anything up or make it any bigger than it is but, you address that. Especially when you play teams a lot, and especially twice a year. There’s always a little bit more to it.”

LB K.J. Wright

Wright was somewhere in the middle. He initially said he didn’t believe in rivalries at all but then admitted that 49ers vs. Seahawks from 2012-15 was a rivalry.

“I loved that because it was good on good – good running backs, good linebackers, it was fun,” Wright said.

He added that his outlook on football as a whole shifted once he had kids. He obviously still loves the game, but he doesn’t invest time or thought into who is and who isn’t a rival. Wright also said that he’d love to see Seahawks-49ers get back to where it used to be.

“Oh no doubt. But the word rivalry – I don’t believe in rivalries,” Wright said. “I did then. Not now.”

QB Russell Wilson

Wilson initially seemed on board when asked if he believes in rivalries.

“You definitely believe in rivalries,” Wilson said. “You think about the Yankees and the Boston Red Sox, those types of games. Those are pretty big games. People care about them for sure.”

He quickly changed his tune when asked if he’s able to acknowledge them as a player.

“To fans and people, I think every game means something different to them. For us, anytime you get to step on the field, it means everything. It doesn’t matter who we play. It doesn’t matter where we play. It doesn’t matter if it’s practice. If you have the right focus, practice should mean everything. I think the way that you go about your business.

“I think the greatest players that played this game, when they’re in little league, it meant everything. I think when you’re in college, it means everything. I don’t think the factor of what the color of the jersey they wear changes anything at all.”

My two cents

I think Shanahan put it perfectly. It’s possible to acknowledge that certain games carry more weight without changing how you prepare. Not all wins are created equal. Like I said before, some just provide an added layer of satisfaction.

I also agree with Wagner in regards to the current state of 49ers-Seahawks. I believe it’s a rivalry, but one that is fan-fueled. And there’s nothing wrong with that. I wouldn’t expect many players on either side to feel a specific animosity within this matchup.

Selfishly, I hope that changes Monday night.

Josh Gordon already making a positive impact on DK Metcalf with Seahawks


Josh Gordon already making a positive impact on DK Metcalf with Seahawks

There aren’t many receivers that make DK Metcalf feel like he’s looking in the mirror. Josh Gordon is one of the few.

The Seahawks claimed Gordon off waivers last week and Friday marked just his second practice with his new team. And yet, Metcalf (6-foot-4, 229 pounds) said he’s already learning from Gordon (6-foot-3, 225 pounds).

“You’re never too old to keep learning,” Metcalf said. “I’m trying to pick everybody’s brain. There’s always new things to be learned. Josh is the first receiver I’ve been on the team with who’s like a similar build as me.”

Gordon has apparently taken a studious approach to his first week in Seattle.

“He’s not really talkative," Metcalf said. "Just seeing him work and how he’s come in from Day 1 trying to learn the offense and how he runs routes. I’m trying to pick his brain while we’re at practice and trying to learn some new stuff from him.”

It didn’t take long for Gordon to impress Metcalf in their first practice together on Thursday. Metcalf said he remembers watching Gordon’s 1,600-yard season back in 2013. The rookie believes Gordon still possesses the same All-Pro traits.

Metcalf was impressed by the way Gordon gets off the ball. According to Metcalf, Gordon showed a low stance coming off the ball to allow him to play physical, maintain his balance and stop on a dime.

“He looks real good out there. I’m just trying to mimic him,” Metcalf said. “He’s a dog and goes and gets the ball. He’s not letting little DBs bully him around. He’s going to attack the ball in the air, and he’s finishing in the end zone.”

Gordon’s biggest asset is his experience. He’s not only been a productive player in this league, but he’s had to persevere through adversity on several occasions. There are lessons to pass down both on the field and off.

But as Metcalf noted, it sounds like Gordon is taking a lead by example approach while also getting up to speed himself.

“He knows what he’s doing out there,” Metcalf said. “He’s been in clutch situations. He’s seen some of the top corners in the league. I see him taking notes. I’m trying to compete with him taking notes.”

Gordon posted 20 receptions for 287 yards and one touchdown in six games for the Patriots this season. He was then put in Injured Reserve with knee and ankle injuries before being waived two weeks later. Gordon practiced in a limited capacity on Thursday as he continues to deal with the ankle injury, although he should be good to go for Monday night against the 49ers.

As for Metcalf, the rookie has 29 receptions for 525 yards and five touchdowns on the year. He’s coming off of his best game with six catches for 123 yards and a touchdown against the Bucs in Week 9.

Metcalf made several standout plays in the fourth quarter and overtime during that win against Tampa Bay, none bigger than his 29-yard reception down the left sideline in OT. He also caught a 53-yard touchdown late in the fourth quarter for what should have been the game-winning score.

Metcalf said he’s been seeing “quite a lot” of man coverage due to the attention defenses are forced to give Tyler Lockett. That 53-yard touchdown was a perfect illustration of that. Lockett and Metcalf each ran a deep crossing route, Lockett from right to left and Metcalf from left to right.

The safety went with Lockett which meant Metcalf just had to beat Bucs corner Jamel Dean in a footrace. Advantage Metcalf.

“I knew at that point it was just me and my man,” Metcalf said. “Russ saw me, threw me the ball and put it in the perfect position for me to catch and run.”

Consistent production from Metcalf, especially to that degree, would provide a huge lift to Seattle’s offense and take some of the pressure off of Lockett’s shoulders.

That’s where Gordon comes in. He has the opportunity to not only help bring Metcalf along from a mental standpoint, but to also add an extra dimension to the Seahawks passing game. Gordon’s highly-anticipated debut will be one of the biggest storylines going into Seattle’s primetime matchup against San Francisco on Monday.

Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast: How Seattle's 'us against the world' mentality could put them in the driver's seat

Talkin’ Seahawks Podcast: How Seattle's 'us against the world' mentality could put them in the driver's seat

The Seattle Seahawks-San Francisco 49ers rivalry is back on. The two teams will face off on Monday Night Football in a game that could have major implications in the NFC West.

To get you ready for the primetime matchup, 49ers Insider Matt Maiocco joined Seahawks Insider Joe Fann this week on the Talkin’ Seahawks podcast to break down what’s at stake.

San Francisco holds a two-game lead over Seattle in the division, and the 49ers open as six-point favorites in Week 10.

“Where I think that this game is so important for the 49ers is when you look at the NFC West, yes, they have a two-game lead in the loss column over Seattle going into this game,” Maiocco said. “Seattle, their two losses are to really good football teams. They lost to Baltimore and they lost to New Orleans. And the 49ers have coming up on the schedule in early December, games against Baltimore and New Orleans and both of those games are on the road. If you look at that objectively and you use the spread, I can guarantee you the 49ers will be underdogs in both of those games."

He continued: "If Seattle is able to win this game on Monday night against the 49ers, I think the momentum, everything puts them in the driver's seat.”

The Seahawks have been underdogs before, as Fann notes, and they’ve used that to fuel them to victory, even though it’s been ugly at times.

“Pete Carroll and the Seahawks love the us-against-the-world mentality,” Fann said. “They love to be the underdogs. That’s how the whole Legion of Boom was built, right? When you think about Richard Sherman and all these misfit toys banding together and building this dynasty in Seattle that won one Super Bowl and should have won two obviously, and so I think that all of a sudden, you get to play that narrative again and that can be a very powerful thing with a Pete Carroll-led team and a Russell Wilson-led team.”

Listen to this week’s episode of TalkinSeahawks podcast to hear more from Fann and Maiocco ahead of Monday Night Football.

Seahawks, 49ers each to get reinforcements on ‘Monday Night Football’

Seahawks, 49ers each to get reinforcements on ‘Monday Night Football’

The Seattle Seahawks (7-2) and San Francisco 49ers (8-0) will square off in what will be the matchup of the season so far in 2019.

The primetime bout will dictate who’s in the driver’s seat in the NFC West and will likely reignite one of the NFL’s best rivalries. Each team is expected to be getting some reinforcements as well. Here’s a look at each team’s injury report.

For the Seahawks…

- Seattle should be getting Quinton Jefferson back into the lineup. Jefferson has missed the last two games with an oblique injury. He has two sacks on the season, tied for the most among any Seahawks defensive lineman. His return will be a welcomed sight for the Seahawks defensive line.

- Quandre Diggs (hamstring) appears set to make his Seahawks debut on Monday. The big question is where Diggs will play. Ideally, he’d play at nickel and be an upgrade over Jamar Taylor.

“I’m hopeful that he can contribute and help us this week,” Pete Carroll said on Monday. “He has had the benefit of a couple weeks of studying and he’s been out there for the walk throughs and all that kind of stuff.”

- Josh Gordon (ankle) was a limited participant on Thursday in what was his first practice as a member of the Seahawks. He should make his Seattle debut on Monday, but Carroll is keeping his expectations in check for the wideout.

“Josh has been scrambling to catch up and doing overtime, competing to get that done,” Carroll said.

- Seattle does have a trio of notable injuries worth monitoring this week. Duane Brown (bicep/knee), Jadeveon Clowney (toe/knee) and Joey Hunt (hip) all didn’t practice on Thursday. Brown’s knee was injured just before halftime against the Bucs, but he stayed in and finished the game. Clowney and Hunt’s injuries are new to the list.  It goes without saying that Seattle desperately needs all three on Monday night.

And for the 49ers…

- San Francisco expects to get Joe Staley (fractured leg), Mike McGlinchey (knee) and Kyle Juszczyk (knee) back in the lineup against the Seahawks. Staley has missed the last six games, McGlinchey the last four and Juszczyk the last four as well. That should provide a boost to the 49ers offense.

- The news isn’t all good for the 49ers. Robbie Gould (quad) injured himself in practice on Tuesday and may not be ready in time for Monday night. San Francisco signed Chase McLaughlin just in case Gould isn’t able to go against Seattle. That would likely lead to the 49ers offense going for it on fourth down more frequently.

- George Kittle didn’t practice with knee and ankle injuries. He’s tough as nails, so he may play, but there’s no way he’ll be 100% on Monday night. That will benefit Seattle’s defense.

Ziggy Ansah still not 100% physically as he works to regain weight and strength

Ziggy Ansah still not 100% physically as he works to regain weight and strength

You don’t need me to tell you that Ziggy Ansah doesn’t look like his old self. Ansah has just one sack in six games with the Seattle Seahawks this season, and it’s not like he’s had many near misses, either.

Pro Football Focus has given Ansah a grade of just 55.0 on the season. His pass rush grade is even lower at 48.6. Ansah has just nine total pressures, according to PFF, and four of them came in Week 4 against the Cardinals. Ansah had just one pressure against the Saints, Rams and Falcons, and he had zero against the Bucs last Sunday.

Offseason shoulder surgery took a huge toll on Seattle’s pass rusher, so big that Pete Carroll said Ansah still isn’t back to 100%.

“He’s still battling physically to get back to right,” Carroll told reporters on Thursday. “He still hasn’t gained all of his weight yet. He’s still in the 250s. He is on a regimen to continue to get stronger and to keep working to get back to full go. The offseason took a big toll on him – not being able to use his shoulder and not being to run and do stuff that he needed to do.”

Ansah’s lack of overall strength has diminished his ability to get to the quarterback. Carroll said he’d like to see Ansah gain at least another 10 pounds and get to 270.

“It’s still a developmental campaign to get him back to full go. He plays really hard and he’s smart and he does things right. I think the production should show. It should come up. We’re going to stay after it.”

Seattle desperately needs Ansah and the rest of the defensive line to take a significant step forward. The Seahawks have gotten just nine collective sacks from defensive linemen through nine games. Jadeveon Clowney, Branden Jackson and Quinton Jefferson are the only players on the d-line with two sacks.

Any improvement feels like it has to start with Ansah. Seattle signed the veteran to be its top pass rusher in the wake of trading Frank Clark to Kansas City. Teams are currently doubling Jadeveon Clowney without consequence.

It’s hard to imagine that changing unless Ansah gets going.

“It would be helpful, yeah,” Carroll said when asked about the importance of getting production out of Ansah. “We need juice out of all of our guys really. Everybody’s got to add to it to get us moving ahead. We haven’t made enough progress there yet.”

Seattle isn’t putting all of its chips in the Ansah’s basket. The Seahawks also utilize their linebackers heavily in the pass rush, especially in recent weeks.

Mychal Kendricks leads the team with three sacks. Bobby Wagner also has sacks in back-to-back games. If Seattle can’t get home with a four-man rush, it will continue to be liberal when it comes to blitzing.

“However we have to generate it, we’ll do it,” Carroll said.

The entire pass rush will have a hard time getting to 49ers quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo on Monday. San Francisco has allowed just 12 sacks all season and figured to get its two starting tackles back in Week 10 – left tackle Joe Staley and right tackle Mike McGlinchey.

Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with Joe Fann and Matt Maiocco

Talkin' Seahawks Podcast with Joe Fann and Matt Maiocco

Joe Fann is joined by the 49ers insider Matt Maiocco to go over the Primetime matchup as the Seahawks take on the undefeated San Fransisco 49ers on Monday Night Football.

With the drivers seat of the NFC West on the line, and a chance to renew the best rivalry in the NFL, Joe and Matt look ahead to Monday night's big game.