Originally written on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 11/18/14
With a bevy of off-season deals, and having two rivals be the talk of the NFC, the NFC West is shaping up to be the toughest division in football. The Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers have become serious rival over the past two season.  Now with both teams having serious Super Bowl aspirations, the rival will only get more intense. The Seahawks who used to be the butt of jokes are the hype of the league right now, but according to 49ers All Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman, “Seattle must earn their hype.” “I think people like the next best thing,” 49ers All-Pro linebackerNaVorro Bowman told Around The League on Friday. “I think people like seeing the challenger get close to being the best. That’s what they’re doing. (Seattle) had a great game against us at their house (a 42-13 victory over San Francisco in Week 16). (They) turned heads, knowing that we were a good team, and the cookies fell where they may.” Said Bowman: “You have to earn these things. This is their first time being mentioned like that, in this sentence, and we’ll see what they’ll do with that.” Both teams are extremely comparable.  They both are physical on defense, and use new innovative offenses. “They’re a good team,” Bowman said. ” … I think it’s built our division up, I think it’s made it a lot tougher and people understand now, when they play us, that us guys in the NFC West — they have to come play us.” Bowman was asked if the Seahawks had caught up to the 49ers. “They’re a good team,” Bowman said. ” … I think it’s built our division up, I think it’s made it a lot tougher and people understand now, when they play us, that us guys in the NFC West — they have to come play us.”
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