The 49ers’ run defense has lost its vauntedness this year. That’s the general consensus of the blogosphere and the statistics back up this concern. Teams are averaging nearly twenty yards more per game running on the Niners in 2012 versus 2011.
It’s also the general consensus that the NFL is a passing league, but seven of the best records in the league belong to teams that pound the ball with serious dedication. The 49ers have played four of them, winning once, losing twice, and tying last Sunday against the Rams. It might be noted that the Bears are next on the schedule and they are one of the above seven teams.
The 49ers still rank near the top of the league in total run defense and yards per carrry, but the fact that teams are not giving up on the run, like they did last year, has had a ripple effect on the entire defense — hampering the pass rush, wearing out the defense, weakening the secondary, . . . blah, blah, blah . . . you get the message.
I don’t pay much attention to the Bears. If we played them more often, I’m sure I could hate them. The Chicago fans tend to overrate the team, so they can feel good when the team fails to achieve anything. It’s a Chicago deal. They take a lot of pride in the enjoyment of losing.
The Bears just lost to the Texans, the only AFC team among the top seven rushing attacks mentioned above. If they crap out against the 49ers, too, they’ll have gone from a two game lead to second place in one week. That’s some expert face splatting. Just in time for the holidays, so Chicago families can happily bemoan their team as they gather for, fittingly, turkey dinner.
The Bears have won only one Super Bowl, but naturally were the only team that lost one to notorious playoff choker Peyton Manning. They even have a place in the world economy as a description of stock market devotees who are sure the money world is about to go into the tank — the Bear Market. When you say you are bearish about something, it means you are looking forward to the shit hitting the fan.
I was in Chicago briefly a long time ago. Met a nice looking girl and spent some time with her. Then I moved on and she stayed. Somewhere out there she’s older now and looking out the bleak window each day thinking, “That dipwad wasn’t so bad after all. I should have left town while I had the chance.”
Michael Jordan made Chicago a winner, but he destroyed basketball in the process. What other civilized entity in the world would proudly boast, “World famous stockyards!” Yes sir, screw the Eiffel Tower and the Pyramids. I gotta go see those cows milling around all day in their own turd piles, waiting to have their throats slit.
Have I mentioned that Mike Singletary played for the Bears? There was a guy named “Geomak” on the blogs during Singletary’s tenure as Niners HC who was a big Bears fan and naturally thought Singletary would be a HOF HC here. Haven’t seen old Geo since sometime in the early part of the 2010 season. He was a pompous SOB, but you’ve gotta have some kind of schtick if you spend your life rooting for a team that thought Mike Ditka was a brilliant HC.
The best memory I have of the Bears is this: 28-3. “They kicked our ass from the get go.” Let’s hope we can all go to bed Monday night with similar sweet dreams.