The Seahawks made some moves this offseason to further bolster their roster for a title run. They gave the 49ers a run for their money last season, with the division title going down to the final weeks of the season. Their first move this offseason was to solidify their passing game by trading for Percy Harvin, who has been the top receiver in Minnesota for the past few seasons.
The 49ers also have been busy this offseason, answering the Harvin trade by trading for star receiver Anquan Boldin. Boldin has been the top receiving threat for the Ravens over the past few seasons as well. The 49ers also added draft picks by trading disgruntled QB Alex Smith to the Chiefs. The latest rumor has free agent CB Nnamdi Asomugha meeting and very likely signing with the 49ers over the St. Patrick's Day weekend.
The Seahawks bolstered their defense by signing defensive end Cliff Avril, who is explosive off the snap and is quick to disrupt opposing passing games, plus he closes the run lanes with authority. Avril was a key defensive leader for the Lions during his stay, notching 39.5 sacks, 16 forced fumbles, and 124 tackles in only 5 seasons in Detroit. He is bound to continue being a road block within the Seahawks defense.
The 49ers have Colin Kaepernick and the pistol offense, which mimics all formations from the shotgun I formation. The offense is a myth, and its extremely difficult to defend against when the offense is in a groove. Kaepernick has a cannon arm and deadly speed clearing the pocket and moving the ball down field. Boldin's addition helps this offense become even more difficult to defend. Crabtree had a career year in 2012 without a solid 2 receiver in place as Randy Moss struggled all season long.
The Seahawks have Russell Wilson who is very deadly in the spread option offense, in addition to being a solid pocket presence for a 5'11 quarterback. He is very versatile and can be equally effective when given the right personnel on the field. Thus, the addition of Harvin to compliment the duo of Rice and Tate. The Seahawks offense will be deadly next season.
My article here follows along a trend that's quickly developing... which team will win the NFC West and challenge for the Super Bowl title next season? 49ers or Seahawks? It's going to be a fun rivalry to watch over the next few seasons. I expect the battle to be neck and neck, but who is the better team? I look forward to the feedback, as this rivalry will be the main focus next season.