Up north in Seattle, where the Seahawks are 3-0, they can't believe their good fortune.In what was expected to be a full-season dogfight for the NFC West championship, the Seahawks suddenly find themselves with a two-game lead over the two-time reigning champion 49ers, the Rams and the Cardinals, who all are struggling at 1-2."It's a big day for us with the other teams struggling," Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters after his team had beaten Jacksonville 45-17. "I'm glad we could take advantage of the opportunity."Both the 49ers and Rams had made some big moves in the offseason, and the 49ers – coming off a Super Bowl trip – were the favorites of many to return to the NFL's championship game. Now, however, history is stacked against both the 49ers and Rams. According to ESPN Stats & Information, since 1990, only 24 percent of the teams that started 1-2 even made the playoffs.And the 49ers – who now have just three days to get ready for a game against the Rams Thursday night in St. Louis – are faced with an adversity they haven't experienced since Jim Harbaugh became head coach.Pass rushing star Aldon Smith has left the team for an indefinite...