49ers-Seahawks Week 16 Matchup Could Be Flexed and More NFC West News

Tyson Langland@TysonNFLNFC West Lead WriterDecember 7, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 18:  Center Max Unger #50 prepares to snap the ball against the San Francisco 49ers in the first quarter on October 18, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.  The 49ers won 13-6.  (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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According to Mike Sando of ESPN.com, the 49ers-Seahawks second meeting of the season could be flexed to Sunday Night Football. As it stands right now the matchup calls for Norv Turner's Chargers against Rex Ryan's New York Jets.

Currently both teams are a combined 9-15 overall, so it's safe to say the market for this game would be much larger if it featured two teams with playoff implications. As Sando mentions in his article, no decision has been made about the Week 16 game as of yet.

It's likely the NFL will make an announcement on the game either Sunday night this week or at some point next week. For Week 16 Fox has protected the Giants vs. Ravens game and CBS has protected the Bengals vs. Steelers game.

If the NFL did indeed flex this Week 16 matchup, it would mark the sixth prime-time game for the 49ers and the third prime time game for the Seahawks. These two teams squared off against each other once already on Thursday Night Football back in October.

San Francisco sits at 8-3-1 right now and Seattle is 7-5. Based on how the next two weeks play out, there's no question Week 16 could decide the NFC West.



Arizona Cardinals

John Boyle of HeraldNet.com says the 7-5 Seahawks are weary of a Cardinals team that has lost eight straight games.

Shaun M. Church of Bleacher Report looks at the three keys to beating the Seahawks at CenturyLink Field.


San Francisco 49ers

Cam Inman of the DailyDemocrat.com examines the 49ers and their recent penalty problems.

Keith Justice of Bleacher Report breaks down why Alex Smith should be starting for the 49ers.


Seattle Seahawks

Adam Schefter of ESPN.com lays it all out and explains why the Seahawks are lucky to have Russell Wilson.

Todd Pheifer of Bleacher Report tells us why he thinks Seattle will finish with an 11-5 record.


St. Louis Rams

Bryan Burwell of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch sits down with Steven Jackson and the two discuss his future as a Ram.

Brandon Alisoglu of Bleacher Report begs the question, which wide receiver will step up in Danny Amendola's absence?


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