The Arizona Cardinals splattered against the San Francisco 49ers’ windshield Sunday and were scraped off the field with their guts squashed out all over the place. Get the Windex, please. And call the entomology coroner.
The 49ers played Sunday’s game like it was a Training Camp scrimmage against a local junior college. The final score was 23-7, but it should have been more like 45-0. It was the sloppiest game the team has played this year, but it didn’t matter much because Arizona is no longer in the same league as the Niners, let alone the same division.
The Time of Possession disparity listed in this post’s title says it all. You just don’t see that kind of dominance in the National Parity League. College ball, maybe, when the powerhouse teams play one of their cupcake laughers.
The only part of the Niners game that is mis-firing these days is the Red Zone offense. Fortunately, they have six weeks left to get it working in time for the playoffs. Maybe giving Kyle Williams more playing time would help. This guy doesn’t get on the field much, but whenever he does something good seems to happen. Unlike Braylon Edwards, who dropped every pass thrown at him Sunday, Williams always catches the ball. And gets open.
Michael Crabtree finally seems to be emerging as the number one receiver we drafted him to be. It’s taken awhile, but he and Alex Smith are finding more and more chemistry with each game. They’re even chatting on the sidelines now. When they start high-hipping in the end zone, we’ll know this delicate marriage has found its way to harmony.
The Cardinals were so bad Sunday that Jim Harbaugh didn’t even bother with any “cute” plays. Arizona’s DC practiced all week to thwart the cute and got nothing out of the preparation. The ultimate disrespect. You are too trivial to bother with tricks. Heck, Mike Singletary can whup your ass and the last time he was cute was the day he was born. Maybe.
The 49ers barely even celebrated beating the Cardinals. They cleared out of the locker room after the game so fast that it looked like a a fire drill had been issued. Clearly, the team is gearing up for the big Thanksgiving Day game against the Ravens, and the other Harbaugh. This game was just a tune-up.
Last year the Cardinals were a 5-11 team regrouping after Kurt Warner’s retirement, expecting to return to glory in 2011. The 49ers were a 6-10 team going backwards and flirting with a complete rebuilding. The Cardinals are not regrouping now, they are facing the fact that they are still a 5-11 team and there’s no relief in sight. The Niners are 9-1 and set for many years to come. What a difference one year can make. And one coach.