The 49ers zoomed into sole possesion of first place in the NFC West Sunday by lounging pool side while watching Arizona get stuffed by Minnesota. Next Monday night, the team will get to stuff Arizona themselves.
Meanwhile, Seattle CB Richard Sherman spent Friday LOLing on his Twitter page at Jim Harbaugh’s complaints that the Seahawks were grievously sinning against the five yard chuck rule throughout last Thursday’s game. While Sherman was Twit-hahahaing, however, the Seattle fan base was not amused. For the third time in three games, the Harbaugh Niners had again beaten the Pete Carroll Seahawks. HAHAHA! LOL!
The Niners will be mostly lounging for the next three weeks while the rest of the league takes shape. The AZ game is the only one on the schedule before the team returns to action for the final eight games. While we may laugh at Seattle for the moment, they have a real shot at running the table at home this year, which would virtually guarantee them an entry to the playoffs. In fact, the December 23rd game at home against the Niners might very well be for the division title.
If the 49ers take down AZ next Monday night, it would be four losses in a row for the Cardinals and it’s difficult to see them contending from that point on. The Rams have been spunky, but they are not going to be a factor this year.
The rest of the league has yet to define itself. Perennial powers have struggled (Packers, Patriots, Steelers, Saints) and only the Texans and Falcons are cruising along well in front of their nearest challengers. The Bears get a lot of love from hypemeisters, but they looked pretty sorry in their loss to the division rival Packers. And they have Jay Cutler, who implodes more abundantly than reigning choker champion Tony Romo.
Last year’s RGIII, Cam Newton, has plutonium fizzled his way to a 1-5 record this year. Seven teams are 3-3, six are 3-4, and only the Panthers, Chiefs, Browns, and Jaguars have slopped themselves into oblivion before the halfway mark of the season.
Harbaugh has a pretty good track record when he has more than a week to prepare for an opponent (okay, he’s been perfect), so it’s likely the team will beat AZ and two weeks later, the Rams. That would put the team at 7-2 and within 3 victories of the ten win plateau that almost always gets you into the playoffs. After a home game against Chicago, four of the final six games are on the road against good competition, though, so the team will definitely be tested and those three wins will not come easy.
Not all of Ninerland will be lounging during these idle days, however. The Alex Smith Witches Coven has announced they will be holding nightly voodoo grumblings throughout the season. Anybody who has an itch to bitch is invited to attend. Bring your dog hair, teensy pin dolls, shredded albino knuckles, lizard tails, used condoms, and any other wacky useless shit laying around your house to toss into the cauldron of boiling hate. Tonight’s rambling gobble fest will address the issue of “Winning Is Overrated.”
At least the Coven provides us fans with The Formula: all losses are Alex Smith’s fault and all wins are team victories that overcome Alex’s faults! In clarity, we proceedeth onward.