44:16 – 15:44

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.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners ran 87 plays to Cards 48 which is ridiculous.
    Fitzgerald made a great catch for a TD. If Rogers went to knock it down instead of the pick it might have preserved the shutout.
    Braylon Edwards looked out of it yesterday and it was good to see Kyle Williams step up. Did see Ginn on the field too much as a WR
    as he wasn’t targeted with any passes.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    WooHoo! Who has it better than us? NOBODY!!! 9-1 winning season.
    In case nobody has seen this Sound FX from last week’s Giant’s game. Love these type of videos that give you behind the scenes perspective.

    http://www.49ers.com/media-gallery/videos/Sound-FX-49ers-vs-Giants/430fa8dd-e15a-4b7c-9e70-1d613a5efec1

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We are starting to run more of the spread formations. We have run some for most the season but it is in the last two games we have used it a lot. The chemistry will get better, but this isn’t college. It takes a little longer with the quality of defenses much more consistent and much better. Plus, so many teams are running the spread these days that defenses are probably getting better at covering it.
    .
    Also, Alex was a little off today. Eli and Alex were deadly accurate last week and both were a little off this week. All in all, Alex had a good game. He made the throws when he had to and the defense dominated.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Anyone notice who the Giant’s backup QB is? It’s #8 David Carr!
    Wonder how much of the Niner playbook he revealed?
    Carr just rakes in the cash wearing a baseball cap and a clipboard.
    You would think the Giants would see the situation with Indy and groom a backup. Giants have only 2 QBs on their roster and no QB on their practice squad. If Manning gets hurt they’re finished.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Eli has failed to deliver in the 4th quarter two weeks in a row. Coughlin’s ripping his players. The ship could be sinking in NY, which clears the way for the Cowturds to get into the playoffs.

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The elite one fumbled at the end of the game last night.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Elite One might need a couple of salvos next week to save his new found reputation as the Elite One.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    He has 5 4th quarter comebacks and 2 failed ones. That’s 7 times in 10 games that his team has trailed entering the last quarter. Maybe he’s only elite when he’s throwing against prevent defenses?

  9. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I am pretty sure Singletary’s mom thought he was cute for more than one day. Maybe. It was a wet and nasty on the field yesterday and all the Niners did was prove what a professional team they have become. I truly believe that anything could happen at this point. The key will be to stay healthy. Green Bay in the dead of winter sounds pretty good to me.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Hue Jackson is still perpetuating the myth of the NFL conspiracy
    of all calls going against the Raiduhs. They commit stupid penalties that lack discipline.
    Just the usual crap excuse from the real whiners.

  11. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Well I’m back from Maryland. Got to watch the Ravens yesterday. Ed Reed is still the best safety in football. Big game Thursday. Very, very big. Biggest game of Alex’s career, in fact, to this point.

  12. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Gotta figure Alex won’t be testing Ed Reed Grumpy.
    With the level of possession time we gathered from AZ, we likely rested our D for a slugfest of keep away ball on Thursday.
     
    Our RBs vs Runnin’ Ray Rice and, whether we can keep Flacco from getting comfortable and throwing deep.
     
    I’d expect some trickeration in this game too Skeebers, no holds barred and, I always bet on the little Brother.
    They’ve had to fight harder for respect.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Did you see this run by Lagarret Blount against the Packers?
    Blount in “beast mode”.
     
    It is the best power run I’ve seen this year
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kMJkZpid8AE

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Blount made those would-be tacklers look like poltroons.

  15. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    It isn’t just physical ability. Reed is in that zone where his recognition is off the charts. One play this week he read a route, then came all the way deep across the middle to pick off the pass right in front of a receiver in the end zone – similar to what Ronnie Lott did to Jim Everett many years ago in that playoff game.
     
    We need to show some new plays & wrinkles that he has never seen before. Wish we had more time to prepare, but it is what it is. It will be interesting to see how our Harbaugh responds to one of the toughest coaching situations he will ever see.
     
    On defense, we have to get pressure on Flacco. He is a good QB but nowhere near great, and he makes mistakes that we HAVE to capitalize on. Absolutely cannot let him get into a comfort zone and start supplementing the ground game with deep passes to Boldin and company.

  16. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Grumpy- What Ed Reed does is gamble. His gambling is calculated, but he would not get away with what he does playing on most defensive units. Baltimore and Pittsburgh have front sevens that allow their DBs to take chances and get away with it. Hopefully, we are getting close to being one of those units too.

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Goldson is getting noticeably better this year. He’s got interceptions in three straight games and seems to be arriving on time instead of a second late more and more every game.

  18. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    No suspension for Goldson, per NFL.

  19. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers — I totally agree on Goldson. In fact I think he’s playing the best of his career.
     
    Berger I think our front 7 is playing better than anyone right now. I like how our D matches up. On O I think we see the Ravens attack our run daring us — again — to beat them with the pass. If we can pass protect and our receivers hold on to the freaking ball, we have a good chance. But I have this feeling that we might just make a few errors that stop drives and the slugfest ends up against us. 17-7 was my prediction on Chuck’s site, and I hope I’m way off (again).

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Denver just waived Orton.
    Now are the Bears going to take him back because Cutler’s hurt or will it be the Texans?
    The timing of his release seems odd or is this a coincidence?

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Chiefs could also pick up Orton as Palko didn’t look like he’s the answer last night.

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    barley- I think our front 7 is playing well too. The thing is, the synergy with a safety like Reed or Polumalu and the rest of the D doesn’t happen right away. Like a QB and his receivers, it takes a while. It does look like we are moving in that direction.

  23. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t know, Berg. Our D ranks #1 in turnovers, points allowed, and rushing yards against.

    They are pretty much good to go.

    The thing about Balt is they give the ball away a lot. That’s something Fangio is working on as we speak.

  24. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Even playing at Baltimore, and yeah it’s a tough stadium, but even so: win the turnover battle, which is within our capability, and we will probably win this game.
     
    Cousin Aldon needs to introduce himself to Flacco early and often. Get him flustered, and make him throw a few he shouldn’t.

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- I was responding to our safeties playing more like Reed and Polamalu.

  26. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Well, I wouldn’t hold my breath Bergs. Those two have been the best in the league for the past 8-10 years. Both those guys are HOFers.

    Goldson has potential to get better, but he’ll never be as good a FS as Reed. Whitner is decent, but he’s not even in the same area code as Polamalu.

    They are fine as long as the pass rush is there. Goldson has looked very good lately.

  27. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    This game is about Time of Possession.
     
    We can beat the Baltimore OL with our front 7. We have to limit Runnin’ Ray Rice and keep Flacco from play action/over the top plays.
    Conversely, we should take some shots on the outside as well.
    I like our chances in a tight Defensive battle. Flacco can be rattled.

  28. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I think the Niners can win the turnover battle, and thus, the game.

    Flacco can get flaccid at times, and play like shit.

  29. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s hope we force a few TO’s and grab a win. Short week and travel won’t be an easy obstacle to overcome.
    Should be a good game however. See what Jim has up his sleeve for Brother John.

  30. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Anyone see Raji in GB taking a handoff into the End Zone on Offense Sunday?
     
    Seems McCarthy and Co are paying attention to SF perhaps?

  31. robNo Gravatar says:

    i think we can beat baltimore .
    49ers 12 ravens 10

  32. robNo Gravatar says:

    akers wins it for us !

  33. robNo Gravatar says:

    NJ49er
    “Seems McCarthy and Co are paying attention to SF perhaps?”

    they are imho ! don’t forget mcarthy used to coach here !

  34. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

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2020 Schedule
9-13: L Cardinals 24, 49ers 20
9-20: W 49ers 31, Jets 13
9-27: W 49ers 36, Giants 9

10-4: L Eagles 25, 49ers 20
10-11: L Dolphins 43, 49ers 17
10-18: W 49ers 24, Rams 16
10-25: W 49ers 33, Patriots 6

11-1: L Seahawks 37, 49ers 27
11-5: L Packers 34, 49ers 17
11-15: L Saints 27, 49ers 13

BYE

11-29: W 49ers 23, Rams 20

12-7: L Bills 34, 49ers 24
12-13: L Washington 23, 49ers 15
12-20: L Cowboys 41, 49ers 33
12-26: W 49ers 20, Cardinals 12

1-3: L Seahawks 26, 49ers 23

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
 
2020 Prognostications (Mulligan Version)
WINNERS:
Bullit: 6-10
NJ49er: 6-10

LOSERS:
Skeebers: 7-9
Winder: 4-12

ABSTAINERS:
Grumpy: DNP
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