Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/13/14
The road to a second straight NFC West title for the San Francisco 49ers doesn't appear to be as wide open as once thought. A team poised to challenge them might be the surprising Seattle Seahawks. Looking to bounce back from their worst defeat under Jim Harbaugh, the host 49ers try to continue their recent success against the surging Seahawks in a matchup of co-division leaders Thursday night. After posting the only winning record in the West last season, San Francisco was an easy preseason pick to repeat as division champ. The 49ers' path to doing so, however, might not be as easy as some predicted, as San Francisco, Seattle and Arizona are 4-2 with St. Louis at 3-3. The 49ers' next three games are against those division foes, starting with a quick turnaround against a Seahawks team looking to win three in a row after rallying for a 24-23 home victory over New England on Sunday. "We have a big competition this week in who is going to prepare the best,'' coach Pete Carroll said...
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