NFL 2012 Is Up & Running

Ah, a real game. That was fun. I’d have been happy to see either team lose, and unhappy to see either team win. But the Giants have the first loss of the 2012 season and I’ll leave it to the Cowboys to fall apart later on their own. I’ll admit as the fourth quarter ticked away I couldn’t help thinking, “Jeez, Tony Romo‘s running out of time to screw this game up.” But it’s not December, so he managed to pull out a victory.

Almost nobody thinks the 49ers will beat the Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday afternoon. Nobody at the national level of somebodies. And not a lot of us West Coasters, either. There’s always prayer, for those of you so inclined!

The Packers, Saints, and Patriots are basically viewed as unstoppable offensive teams and who cares about the defense? Put them down for 12+ victories every year and then ponder the worth of the other 29 teams taking up space below them on the power polls.

The rankings spewer outers, mostly East Coast gents with brain damage, have reluctantly placed the 49ers somewhere in the top ten teams this year. Anywhere from fourth to ninth. Hardly any summary about their worth fails to mention having to downgrade the team because of good old you know who — Alex Smith. Our splendid, game managing, humble, hard-working, non-franchise QB.

The Giants, Ravens, Steelers, and Texans are also in the 49er area below the magnificent three and all of these five teams have good, all around, two-dimensional teams. They play defense and they play offense. Some would say the 49ers have yet to prove they play offense very well, but they played it good enough to go 13-3 in 2011.

These eight teams are generally considered a good place to locate the next Super Bowl champion. There are two teams that are wild cards in this mix that might be great or might just stink. The Eagles and Broncos.

Then there are the wannabe teams: the Cowboys, Seahawks. Cardinals, Redskins, Lions, Bears, and Falcons. Any of these teams might do well, but none of them seem Super Bowl worthy.

Lest we discriminate against the disadvantaged, we’ll lump all the other teams into a category politely termed the Washington Generals. These teams can all plan their January vacations now, let alone their February ones.

The 49ers at Green Bay game will be a mighty contest, but the Seahawks at Arizona game will be almost a must win for each team. If Seattle wants to contend with the Niners, they better be able to sweep the division and at least split with the 49ers. And if Arizona can’t win at home against Seattle, they aren’t likely to be better than 3-3 in the divison, and maybe 2-4.

It’s possible the 49ers vs Packers game will eventually decide the top seed in the NFC, but it’s too early to make that leap. It should be a hellava game, though, and a good indication of just how good our team is, or just how much improvement needed they are. Either way, the adrenalin will flow for real come Sunday at 1:30pm.

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61 comments on “NFL 2012 Is Up & Running
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’ve got it 49ers 31 Pack 24.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Keep unca away from our players’ livers.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The replacement officials did as good, if not better, than the old biased officials last night.

  4. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Romo could not blow the game becuse the Giants did it first.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Cowboys might have served notice. The question is, are the Giants DBs that bad or are the Cowboys receivers that good. Romo was throwing to open receivers constantly. My guess is the Cowboys receivers are that good.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The Giants secondary was missing their top 3 CBs, I think.

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Art Modell has died at the age of 87

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The scab officials are not calling pick plays so you might as well take advantage of that while that situation is there.

  9. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Giants missing their op 3 CBs would explain a lot.

  10. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Cory Webster was their only usual starter and he got beat like a drum.

  11. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger has the Niners scoring 31 vs the Pack this Sunday.
    What, is Romo going to start at QB for the 49ers as well?

  12. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    23-21 niners!

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Gnat’s CB situation is one of their starter’s from last year Aaron Ross left as a UFA and signed with the Jags. Terrell Thomas another CB has been hurt more than healthy (he recovered KW’s fumble in the NFC Championship) You can say the same for Prince Amakamura who was hurt for a portion of his rookie year and is hurt now.
    It’s going to be hard for them to repeat with this defensive backfield. Their Oline can’t run block or pass block.
    I liked it when Eli was in shotgun and Baas hiked it to him
    thinking he was behind center.

  14. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Tony Romo %$#@!

  15. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, a game last night that I was hoping in a 0-0 tie.
    .
    Sure, the Niners can win. It’s hard to throw passes when you are getting nailed. The hope is, offensively that WE set the tone and not lay back and wait for GB to score a few times before ratcheting up the passing game.
    .
    A la tha last f@#$ing time the Niners lost to GB. We conveniently spotted GB 21 points before deciding to throw the ball. The niners mounted a nice comeback, but ran out of time.
    .
    Set the goddamn tone for once. If you are going into a hostile environment, the best way to take the crowd out of it is to get on them early and then lay the wood on Rodgers.

  16. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    28-20 Niners.

  17. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    GB’s defense is greener than green. They were horrendous last year. They WILL have growing pains. The Niners should be able to take it to them while they are still working on things.

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Charles Woodson is susceptable and will bite on the double move much like the later version of Nate Clements. He’ll take a chance and jump the route for the pick. That’s where you burn him him for six.

  19. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Worst DB’s in the league last year didn’t get any better and woodson got even older.

  20. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Defense. Aldon and Justing with Willis on the up-the-middle blitz at a key point. One or two corner blitzes.
    Special teams. Alex in Akers Heaven.
    Always look to VD and Moss deep to catch the Pack in single coverage. And Jenkins? At least four pops deep.
    Frank, Frank, and Frank, with Kendall providing a young surprise.
    Don’t reinvent the wheel. Gawd knows it took the Niners long enough to figure out what one was.

  21. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    DB’s are drooling at the prospect of Rodgers under pressure from cowboy and smith, creates a target rich pick environment if they can get enough pressure.

    Run out of the spread more HarMon!
    Come out throwing to set up the run/play action to the field stretchers, be aggressive, its Rodgers in Lambeau for gawds sake!

    Faint heart never won fair maiden, or a game at Lambeau field!!!

  22. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bingo. Playing it safe plays into Green Bay’s hands.

  23. robNo Gravatar says:

    49ers 20 packers 20

    we win on a 49 yd FG in OT !

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Off topic but good news.
    Scumbag Drew Peterson was found guilty of murdering his third wife.
    They still can’t find wife #4.
    This guy was a cop.
    Glad he’ll be put away for a long time.

  25. winderNo Gravatar says:

    24-17 Niners. I totally agree that our D has to be very aggresive. As long as we can keep the ball away from rodgers, make some first downs play the clock we got this one.

  26. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’m talking about the O. The Niners need to get on top of them early. Force them into comeback mode.

  27. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Super Bowl MVP QB 34. Game Manager QB 20.

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    They just reported on CSNBA that Harbaugh’s baby was born on the 4th day of the 9th month, making him a 49er!

  29. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, you left Miles Austin and 17.3 pts. on your bench last night. Was that a backhanded protest at my boy Romo? Shame on you. But I see you have Alex locked and loaded for Sunday vs the Pack. Good luck with that shit. Literally.

  30. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    No joke, I was born at 4:09 in the morning. That makes me both a Niner fan and a household cleaner. Lucky me. There’s shit all over my apartment courtesy of Alex Smith that needs cleaning up.

  31. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I just turned on PBS to watch their “American Masters” series featuring Judy Garland and they’re showing Obama speak instead. I’m definitely not in Kansas anymore. I’m off to see the Wizard and find me a horse (president) of a different color.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lN75xqpqCGE

  32. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Who is behind the curtain though?

  33. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    My cat usually gets behind the curtain to look out the window.

  34. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yes, Dennis. And your IQ is 49.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Packers are gameplanning for Kap
    http://tinyurl.com/bo64p7c
    If they do prepare for the read option, I would throw off that formation because they expect run.
    Perfect play for Delanie Walker
    to fake a run block and slip out.

  36. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The player’s bounty suspensions have been overturned by the nFL internal appeals panel.
    Suspended players are eligible
    to play immediately.
    This came before the ruling by the judge.
    The same can’t be said for the coaches and GM.

  37. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Alex. Learn it, live it, love it.
    Run to Dayliight.

  38. robNo Gravatar says:

    yeah well i’m 49 years old so i’m a REAL 49ER dammit !

  39. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I thought Goodell’s penalties were way too harsh. I’t’s good to sae the players win this one. Goodell is getting a bit too heavy handed. This should back him off a little.

  40. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It’s not even that he was too harsh, I’m not sure he got all the facts before he ruled. A double boner for him.

  41. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Alex. Snap it. Roll right with it. Hit the guy in the third row with it.

  42. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Rob! I hope you do know that we’re going heads-up this week at ESPN. My Rodgers vs your Brady leads our matchup. Do you have Antonio Gates at TE every year? Sure seems like it.

  43. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    27-16, Packers.
     
    We have to win eventually in GB. But I don’t think it happens in game one this year. But I do think our peak is going to be at the right time — Dec, Jan, Feb.
     
    So we’ll drop one and the yapping mouths will say last year was a fluke. But we’ll face GB again. In the NFC Championship. In Green Bay. In January. And we’ll beat them. Take that, cheeseheads.

  44. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It is going rto be interesting to see what Sumlin does at Texas A&M. It was fun to whatch his teams at Houston play. He is being interviewed on ESPN right now. I wish him luck!

  45. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Approx. 28 hrs. until kickoff. Is that a large enough head start on drinking time?

  46. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You started 14 years ago.

  47. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Berger. The kicker for Miss. St. has already missed two FGs.
    You wanna take a guess at his jersey number?

  48. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Let’s see, 14 yrs. ago was 1998. Hmmm. WTF was I doing back then? I know. Prince and I were getting ready to party like it’s 1999.

  49. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Barley, You think GB will get homefield throughout the playoffs again?
    Tough thing to do 2 years in a row.

  50. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Green Bay is one team that is totally dependant on their starting QB. If Rodgers gets hurt
    they are history because their defense can’t carry them and they have no running game. Their backup QB Graham Harrell has never taken a snap in the NFL.
    THe NY Gnats have David Carr as their backup. They also have no running game and their defense can pass rush. If something were to happen to Eli they are done.
    Both teams have clearly not invested much into their backup QB. Why is David Carr still in the league?

  51. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Berger! The Penn St. kicker was 2 for 7 on FGs today and missed a PAT.
    His number? 97. I think that’s the same number of boys Sandusky showered with.

  52. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Hey dennis, I have a feeling ur QB is going down tomorrow. Not hurt though, just slammed around by a very fast and aggresive D.

  53. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m sure the Steelers will knock Peyton around some. But they do that to every QB they face. But Manning’s first game back, on Sunday night and in Denver? Bronco’s win that game and Manning looks marvelous. Book it!

  54. winderNo Gravatar says:

    My bad. I was talking about Rodgers. Anyway, I do hope Peyton pulls that one out, he’s good for the game.

  55. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I didn’t know you were talkin’ fantasy, Winder. Yeah. I really had no other choice with my selection given my draft position in both leagues thanks to the computer putting me in the first and second spots respectively. I really wanted Brady as my anchor QB this year, but passing up Rodgers would have been trying to be too cute. I have all R’s in our two 49er leagues: Rodgers, Romo, Ryan and Rivers. I hope I don’t get railroaded. 😀

  56. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of R’s…Hey, Rob! I’ve been neglect in asking you for your NASCAR picks. If the goddamn rain ever stops and they start running at Richmond (another R), who ya like tonight? I’m going with Kevin Harvick and the #29 Budweiser Chevy. Speaking of which, time to grab another cold Bud. Cheers.

  57. robNo Gravatar says:

    shittt my yahoo fantasy team has been hijacked ! some yorkieberger got control of my team in a hostile takeover and gave MY team to his luckysperm jedberger … or something !

    imo it’s all denise’s fault !!!

  58. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Remember this name: Jonathan Franklin from UCLA. He’s all of 5′ 8″ 175 soaking wet standing on a phone book in the shower, but the little man is EXPLOSIVE out of the backfield. Quick as hell and catches the ball like a magnet.

  59. robNo Gravatar says:

    GAMEDAY !!!

  60. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Gameday is here!!!
    Niners 23 Packers 20
    Win turnover battle, win game.
    Eat some cheese today.
    Go Niners!!!

  61. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2017 Schedule
Sept. 10: vs Carolina: L 3-23
Sept. 17: at Seattle: 9-12
Sept. 21: vs. L.A. Rams: L 39-41
Oct. 1: at Arizona: L 15-18
Oct. 8: at Indianapolis: L 23-26
Oct. 15: at Washington: L 24-26
Oct. 22: vs. Dallas: L 10-40
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia: L 10-33
Nov. 5: vs. Arizona: L 10-20
Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants: W 31-21
Week 11 — Bye
Nov. 26: vs. Seattle, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 3: at Chicago, 10 a.m.
Dec. 10: at Houston, 10 a.m.
Dec. 17: vs. Tennessee, 1:25 p.m.
Dec. 24: vs. Jacksonville, 1:05 p.m.
Dec. 31: at L.A. Rams, 1:25 p.m.
 
2017 Draft Class
1. DE Solomon Thomas
1. ILB Reuben Foster
3. CB Ahkello Witherspoon
3. QB C.J. Beathard
4. RB Joe Williams
5. TE George Kittle
5. WR Trent Taylor
6. DT D.J. Jones
6. LB Pita Taumoepenu
7. CB Adrian Colbert
 
2017 Prognostications
Bullit: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
Mr Fletch: 5-11
NJ49er: 6-10
Rob: 9-7
RTFirefly: 5-11
Skeebers: 6-10
Winder: 4-12

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