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David Larimer
Two-time defending Gameday pick-em champion

David Larimer

An assistant NFL editor at the The Washington Post

San Francisco at Seattle, Week 2


Sunday, 4 p.m.

Quarterback Matt Hasselbeck has a bad back and completed just 17 of 41 passes last week in an embarrassing 34-10 loss at Buffalo, but at least he'll be in uniform today. Seattle will play without its top four wide receivers, starting running back Maurice Morris, starting right guard Rob Sims and, likely, starting right tackle Sean Locklear.

The Seahawks are so thin at wideout that they're forced to consider playing their backup quarterback, Seneca Wallace, at wide receiver or even as a punt returner. Wallace even has two helmets -- one with the headset issued for quarterbacks, one without. Billy McMullen, the former Virginia star who played with the Redskins during the preseason, was signed Wednesday and could play today as well, given his familiarity with similar offenses from his days with the Redskins, Vikings and Eagles.

So you can't blame the Seahawks for looking at the 49ers like a big bowl of chicken soup. Seattle swept San Francisco by a combined score of 47-3 last season. Hasselbeck has thrown for more completions (341), yards (2,726) and touchdowns (21) in 10 career games against the 49ers than against any other team. Seattle is also 42-14 at home since 2001, the best mark in the NFC.

Much of the pregame talk about the 49ers has centered on their likely farewell to former No. 1 pick Alex Smith, a benched quarterback who was placed on injured reserve Wednesday and wouldn't have played today in nearly any event. Such are the depths the team has hit -- after just one game.

By David Larimer  |  September 12, 2008; 8:00 AM ET  | Category:  Post Gameday Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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