The End Is Near

With the victory over the Patriots, the 49ers clinched a playoff spot. They also gave the middle finger to the “regression to norm” stat geeks who solemnly pronounced last summer the Niners 2012 record would only be 9-7. With two games to go, they will win either 11 or 12 games.

It’s tough to win two emotional games in a row, so the 49ers prepared for this Sunday’s game against the Seahawks by getting thrashed in the second half of the Patriots game. Our boys cleverly used one game to both win a highly charged contest and get crushed in it. Going to Seattle, their last memories are watching Tom Brady effortlessly throw 31 points down their throats in little more than one quarter of action.

The Seahawks have completely roasted two teams in a row — two really bad teams, and ran up the score on both of them. When the Niners ran up the score on the Bucs last year, they were punished immediately by losing Josh Morgan for the season. His presence during the playoffs, given the feeble output provided by their WRs, might have been quite useful. The Seahawks have yet to be punished for their own bad behavior. Maybe retribution will occur this week or in the playoffs.

The unearned victory Seattle received from the replacement refs way back in the early part of the season has curious playoff implications now. They are 9-5 instead of 8-6 and a loss to the Niners this week would likely have kept them out of the playoffs. As it is, given the mess in the NFC East and NFC South, plus the collapsing Bears, they are a home win over the Rams from being the number five seed, whether they win or lose against the Niners.

That unearned victory is what now makes the 49ers the current number two seed rather than the Packers. It will be a moot point, if they lose to the Seahawks Sunday night and fall to the third seed. But if they win out and keep the number two seed, Jim Harbaugh can send a thank you note to Pete Carroll rubbing Carroll’s own glee back in his face. And the Packers can remain steamed.

The AFC playoff race is all but decided. The only remaining drama, if you could use that word, is which two flawed teams from the AFC North will get into the dance as the fourth and sixth seeds. The NFC is quite different, where five 8-6 teams are fighting for the last two playoff spots. The Giants are one of this fivesome, and nobody out here would be saddened to see them ousted from the postseason.

The Sunday night game with Seattle will introduce the world to what promises to be a blood and guts battle between two franchises and two jerk coaches that will go on for many years to come. The media and its eaters love feuds and these two teams, coaches, players, and fans do not like each other. This could become the best rivalry in the NFL over the next few years. Even if it is on the West Coast.

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  1. RenojimNo Gravatar says:

    good morning from the biggest little city in the world. if a coach keeps running up the score like Carrol does other teams will start targeting players for injuries. the 9ERS need to break Wilsons leg this sunday

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I hope our guys rest well on Saturday night instead of being sleepless in Seattle!

  3. RenojimNo Gravatar says:

    morning Berger

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Jest are benching Sanchez finally but instead of going to Tebow they are opting for the 3rd stringer McElroy.
    McDaniels blundered using a first round pick on Tebow when he most likely would be around in the 3rd round. The Jest trding for him and not using him tells you he has not convinced anyone in practice.
    Now he wants out of NY. traded 3 times in 2 years. Really?

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I believe Tebow to be a winner even though he is not that accurate. The biggest problem with Tebow is the circus he brings with him. It is an unneeded distraction.

  6. RenojimNo Gravatar says:

    Tebow sux

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tebow can dominate in College.
    The NFL is too big and too fast for his game.
    A career 47.5% completion percentage will not cut it.
    He won some games but I think defensive coordinators have figured him out.
    Lot of his fans are not for him due to football reasons.

  8. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, the fake punt in the 4th quarter of a blowout is pretty bad form. Coaches in the NFL have long memories. I’m all for keeping a team down, as the Niners didn’t do last week, but rubbing it in isn’t going to win Pete any admirers.
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    Tebow is who he is. A slower, less accurate version of Terrelle Pryor.

  9. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bergs, the Tebow circus has mothing to do with the fact that he has an awful throwing motion, and would be lucky to be in the top 25 QBs given a full time starting position. He can get some yards on the ground on busted plays, and hit the occasional pass, but him on a team with a fair to poor defense would be a disaster.

  10. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Unless you believe the wild theories out there about why he isn’t given a shot to start, the reality is he can’t beat the 3rd string guy on the Jets to crack the starting lineup.

  11. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    98% of Tebow’s detractors don’t base their ire on football and don’t care anything about playing football.
     
    Tebow’s a better ‘football player’ than most QBs. But he’ll never get a break on any of his bad outings or mistakes because of all the idiots that don’t like his politics.
     
    Elway’s looking like a genius because he took a very expensive chance on Peyton being able to play again, for a while anyway. It seems the fearsome Colts collapsed like a ripped parade balloon without their QB/OC as the Broncs are setting the same stage again.
     
    Tebow, in the right system, with some decent coaches would do very well despite his beliefs being so offensive to the wannabe illuminati.

  12. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yer the one with the tinfoil hat, NoFear. You really think that Rex Ryan won’t start Tebow because of his religious views? He’s afraid of some sort of backlash? Please. That’s the most asinine thing I’ve ever heard.
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    Substitute ‘Smith’ for ‘Tebow’ in your post, and voila, hypocracy at its finest. Yeah, he’ll never get a break because he’s not very good.
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    Tebow may be a better ‘football player’ than most QBs, but he’s certainly not a better ‘QB’ than most QBs. If Tebow was on a team with a bad defense, they’d likely be 3-11 by now. In other words, he’d be perfect for the Raiders.
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    Besides, the Colts are on their way to the playoffs, NoFear. Not sure what you mean by that.

  13. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    It is asinine, mostly because you just made it up. You’re the king of arguing with yourself and your straw men. Good for you.
     
    Did you happen to catch their season last year with Peyton coaching from the bench? It was only their, what, did they win any games, record that got them the QB who has lit it up this year. At least try to keep up if you’re going to snipe from the peanut gallery.

  14. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I am not saying who’s fault the circus around Tebow is, just that it is there. The media won’t leave him alone. Unfortunately for Tebow it does not allow him to be merely just a football player and any GM considering him would have to factor that in if thinking of acquiring him.

  15. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bullshit NoFear. You give guys like Tebow 1,000 miles of rope. Why? Gee, I wonder. And WTF does Peyton being hurt have to do with the price of tea in China? Gawd, you post like you work for the Bureau of Obfuscation and Smoke Screens.
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    Forex:
    “But he’ll never get a break on any of his bad outings or mistakes because of all the idiots that don’t like his politics.”
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    Waah. Poor baby. I don’t give a shit about Tebow’s politics. But I still think he’s barely good enough for the NFL. I suppose that makes me the Antichrist if I point out his faults. For Mr. Myopic, that’s the only deduction.
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    Alex Smith obviously needed the coaching up that he never got until last year. You’re just to dense to see your own hypocricy. It’s funny, really. Elway took a risk signing Manning. But he knew good and goddamn well that you can’t build a team around a guy like Tebow. It’s schoolyard football. And that doesn’t last in the NFL.

  16. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Timmy Tebow’s circus was self-generated. He’s the one that bought a commercial, before ever playing a down in the NFL, before the Super Bowl. Regardless of what it was about (I love my mom? Every sperm is sacred?), that’s some serious sef-aggrandizing.

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Tebow should take the Steve Young approach and keep football separate from religion.
    You reap what you sow.

  18. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    unca- You and others can argue who’s fault the circus is. All I’m saying as a GM that is not what matters. What matters is if you sign him the circus is something that is a distraction for the team. So a GM/coach must ask ois hois talent worth the distraction. Since most think the Jaguars are not long for Florida maybe he can sell them some tickets for a couple of years?

  19. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The Jets got Tebow for one reason, and one reason only, Bergs. To sell tickets. The circus was seen as a plus, not a minus. The fact that he can’t impress the coaches enough to actually play QB is the unintended fallout to this.
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    Jax? Sure. Why not? They should have made the push last year. I think they did, or tried, but I’m not sure. He’s much better off as the big fish in a small pond, not as the also-ran in the big city.

  20. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Well Chuck, besides being full of shit, you’re full of shit. You can’t mention Tebow without a derogatory insinuation of his religious beliefs.
     
    I don’t have to give Tebow any rope he took his team to the playoffs, right? I thought that was the measure in your world.
     
    Tell it to the minister of defense.
     
    “You reap what you sow.” What is that, a bible reference or somethin”? That’s actually funny.

  21. RenojimNo Gravatar says:

    if tebow was any good he would be playing no matter what his politics were. no head coach or GM would bench a guy who could win for them. if Elway doesn’t think he’s an NFL QB who am i to argue with him. if Ryan thought he was any good he would play him. TEBOW SUX

  22. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    The same can be said of Alex.

  23. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I really don’t give a royal crap about Tebow’s beliefs or how he celebrates in the end zone. The league is full of knuckleheads who have to ‘celebrate’ instead of just handing the ref the ball. One more hardly matters. The problem is, his mechanics are kind of goofy, and while he can make sandlot plays out of sheer chaos, he has not shown he can consistently run an offense.
     
    The real lesson of both Tebow and Alex is that organizations judge QBs on a harder curve than just ‘winning games’ or even ‘winning a playoff game’. Teams may not be able to point to a easily understood statistic, but they know what they want. Alex is good, but clearly his ceiling is not much different than the floor that Kaep has started at. JH thinks, whatever anyone else does, that even if Alex is good, Kaep can be better. Good enough for me.

  24. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Where do I insinuate anything, NoFear? You make shit up then attack me on it. Good boy. Smoke, meet mirror.
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    Yeah, Smith was benched for the better guy, NoFear. Unfortunately for Tebow, the ‘better guy’ in his case is a 3rd string, 7th round pick no-name from Alabama. Greg McElroy? Yeah. When you get passed over for the 3rd stringer, well, I think it’s time to move on.

  25. RenojimNo Gravatar says:

    yes chuck it is time for him to move on to a new career

  26. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I didn’t hear Timmy Touchdown wants out of NY. Too many heathens, I suppose. But I don’t blame him one bit. Sanchez has absolutely sucked for the last 2 years, to the tune of 50 turnovers in 2 years! Christ on a bicycle, that’s some serious stink. If Tebow can’t get in over that, what then? The 3rd string guy McElroy gets the nod? Ouch.
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    If anything, Ryan isn’t playing Tebow out of spite. This was Woody Johnson, and Oh Tannenbaun’s idea to get Tebow last year. Ryan had no part in that decision. I’m sure Ryan was less than thrilled about having to work Tebow into an already poisoned locker room.
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    A couple things jump out in the recent article regarding Tebow wanting out of NY. This is Terriblesaurus Rex:
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    ”I think we had a vision of using Tim in different ways,” Ryan said. ”Obviously, we used him as a personal punt protector. I thought maybe we would use him in other ways or something.”
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    Use him in other ways or something. Gee, like maybe as a quarterback? Wow. The Jets really thought this through didn’t they?
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    Here’s what Woody Johnson (Jets owner and owner of one of the greatest names in history) said:
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    Tannenbaum said the two jumped at that idea, and so did offensive coordinator Tony Sparano – and added that owner Woody Johnson was completely on board. For Johnson, it would be a publicity touchdown along with a chance to sell tickets, personal seat licenses and mountains of merchandise. For Ryan and Sparano, it would be adding a proven winner, an athlete who had his limitations as a passer, but added so much more in intangibles.
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    Sell tickets, PSLs and mountains of merchandise. Cha-ching! His intangibles didn’t really shine through while being the punt protector though, did they?
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    Here’s the article.
    http://tinyurl.com/bt5ruaj

  27. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    So in New York, you have a coach that distrusts his front office, a front office that makes monumental decisions without taling to the head coach based on merchandizing and ticket sales, a locker room full of fed-up and pissed off players, and a training room full of hurt players.
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    Run Timmy run! He shoulda gone to Jax in the first place. I don’t begrudge the guy a damn thing. If he goes to Jax and takes them to the playoffs, I’d be happily surprised.
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    Hes certainly a lot more humble than the guy who came into the league with all the hype he did. Will he turn out like Hot-Tub Matt Leinart, JaMarcus Purple-drank, and other recent 1st round busts? Who knows? maybe he needs 5 years of seasoning like Young Sir Alex did.

  28. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Personally I could care less about Tebow. To me he’s like a lot of College QB’s really good at some things and piss poor at others. He always has been a project player. He needs time to learn the whole game if he can.

  29. RenojimNo Gravatar says:

    i’m just sick and tired of all the attention paid to a mediocre QB. i blame Skip Brainless and ESPN for it

  30. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Berger – I don’t know what would be worse: Sleepless in Seattle or Clueless in Seattle. My bet is both these HC’s really don’t want to lose this game. I mean I am just an avid fan and I am taking this game personal

  31. robNo Gravatar says:

    BERGER

    ” I believe Tebow to be a winner even though he is not that accurate. The biggest problem with Tebow is the circus he brings with him. It is an unneeded distraction. ”

    HMMM sounds like troy smith might be your next suggestion for the 49ers !

  32. robNo Gravatar says:

    RENOJIM

    welcome to the outsider , and to the wacky world of 9er blogging !

  33. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Winder- Cool, I like your thinking! I’ll probably be that way on Sunday. I don’t work on Monday so I could even be imbibing!

  34. RenojimNo Gravatar says:

    rob thanks

  35. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    rob- Call me so I can yell at you about Troy Smith!!!

  36. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I’m pretty sure next years FF team will be called “Seattle Sucks” i might even throw in a variation of so does “Petey”

  37. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Aren’t you playing for the title with RT? BTW, Renojim is Montana Magic.

  38. robNo Gravatar says:

    imho we’ll beat seattle pretty soundly this week ! (28 – 21 or so)

  39. robNo Gravatar says:

    did ANYBODY hear anything about how justin smith’s MRI went ?

  40. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    No report from the MRI, Rob. He did not practice today. Not sure if he’s playing Sunday or not.

  41. robNo Gravatar says:

    thx SKEEBS !

    i’m hearing there’s a good chance ! i just wish harbaugh would let out a little more info !
    😉

    at least it’s not looking too serious , and we should have him back for the playoffs imo !

  42. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    If Harbaugh says *anything*, bet the other way. Man lies when his lips move.

  43. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Hey Deluca, we put in combinations of Sopoaga, RJF and Tukuafu to replace Smith on the d-line. They did ok. Not great but ok. They even tried to make that T-E stunt work but RJF can’t take on their Guard and Tackle the way Smith does it. Our d-line will be busy on Sunday if Smith can’t play.

  44. robNo Gravatar says:

    NOFEAR

    I saw RJF and tukuafu in there !
    RJF did pretty good at DE imo ! i think RJF’s sack came when he was playing DE ! on the play i remember seeing he , raymac and aldon were up on the line !
    somebody here , BERGER i think , was saying we should try RJF at DE !
    from what i saw we have a darn good group up front when healthy !
    DE justin s.
    NT isaac s.
    DE raymac
    and RJF as a NT/DE and aldon as DE/OLB !!!

  45. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    You’re right. It was the play after RayMac lost his helmet on a sack where he and RJF were inside. The next play RayMAc and Brooks (I think) went inside and RJF was on the end. He beat the LT and got to Brady.
     
    I think it was Berger that thought RJF should play DE. He plays NT like a DE anyway!
     
    No worries on Sunday’s game. Our new QB is so good even his fumbles score six points.
     

  46. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    It was me that thinks RJF would be a good DE. I would think many others think so too as it is no secret. He rocks at DE, he lacks a bit at NT but he’s not terrible. I’m sure he plays there out of necessity. Re-sign Sope and draft a NT in RD 1, please! Then RJF would be a great guy in the rotation at DE. We need to keep those guys fresher through out the game.

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Kaep would make a mistake in college and make up for it with 2 or 3 big plays imediately after. He definitely pushes the envelope. I think all in all he does not make that many mistakes for how many big plays he delivers.

  48. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Late to the ‘Piling On’ party but….
    Denver scalped the NYJ in the Tebow Trade.
    It was circulated that Tebow ‘chose’ NY over the Jags.
    Seems to me, when a Trade is consummated, the dealing Team takes the best offer.
    Jacksonville certainly would’ve benefited from Tebow-mania too at the gates.
     
    What this all boils down to is, Tannenbaum is clueless, Rex knows shinola about Offense and, Woody has PSLs to sell.
     
    Somewhere in that dysfunctional Management gumbo, they need to produce football players.
    Without a PLAN, you can’t function.
     
    Keep grabbing pieces from different puzzles, that’ll get you places.

  49. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    It’s been my contention all along Berger, Kaep plays to win.
    Love his competitiveness.

  50. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Hey renojim, welcome. Nice to know who your playing against.
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    Berger – Yeah me and RT are going for it in the Yahoo league. I don’t even want to mention where i ended up in the espn league.
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    All I can say is that i hope Harbaugh sends a X-mas card right up Petey’s…

  51. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Winder I want to see LMJ running wild in Seattle Sunday Night.
    The first meeting was much too close.
     
    I don’t think Harbaugh or Carroll will have any problems smacking the other below the belt in this one.
    Expect a slug-fest.

  52. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Me too NJ, I would love to see LMJ cut loose, it’s obvious that he can cause some problems for them. I think this game comes down to who makes the fewest mistakes. That home field advantage is the only thing that I am really worried about. The ball is in our court and we control our own destiny. We just have to have a good game plan and execute.

  53. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Be great if we could operate in a No Huddle capacity.
    Our formations are pretty simple and standard.
    Put a 3 or 4 play sequence together and let it rip.
     
    I trust our D to keep things in check.
    We need to quiet that crowd if at all possible.

  54. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Nothing quiets a crowd like a 31-3 half time lead. And with no Tom Brady it would stay that way.

  55. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The NFL admitted they blew the Delanie Walker fumble call. It should have been an incomplete pass. That is what Renojim and I thought while watching the game. I remember saying he didn’t make a football move so it should be an incomplete pass.

  56. RenojimNo Gravatar says:

    morning Berger. how are you this frigid last day of the world? 🙂

  57. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It seems the key to beating the Seahags is to run the ball down their throats. As the season has progressed they have gone from one of the best to giving up the most yardage per rush. They now rank dead last in the NFL
    http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcwest/post/_/id/85518/overlooked-area-favors-49ers-vs-seahawks
    Limit Lynch to 70 yards and keep Wilson in the pocket and our chances to prevail will be enhanced.

  58. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Lynch was ‘limited’ in practice yesterday, as was Manningham for the 49ers. I expect Lynch to play, but he might be something less than 100%. Justin Smith missed practice altogether and his available and effectiveness have to be questioned.

  59. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Weather forecast for Sunday Night
    38 degrees 30% chance of rain.

  60. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Hey that’s a whole 3 degrees warmer than last week. Hope Kappy has been working on taking snaps. Preferably with a wet ball. Hell, spray some oil on that thing. Just get it fixed before it costs us a game.

  61. RenojimNo Gravatar says:

    just stay in the shotgun all game

  62. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I just got back from the coffeehouse. People are making apocalypse jokes like there’s no tomorrow.

  63. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The world is full of useless
    morons. This is one of them tweeting and then denying he did it.
    http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/12/20/david-akers-quits-twitter-after-death-threat/

  64. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No shit, jim.

  65. RenojimNo Gravatar says:

    have you seen the picture of Tim Lincecum’s haircut?

  66. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    From Timmy the Freak to Super Nerd.

  67. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Today as practice started Justin Smith was absent.
    RJF looks to be playing a lot on Sunday. and the week after,
    Keeping J Smith out will give hime 3 weeks of rest provided the Niners keep the #2 seed.
    Healing and being 100% for the playoffs would be the smart move.

  68. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Goldson was fined for his hit on Hernandez last week $21K.
    The 3rd time you get called for this in a 3 year period you get a one game suspension which they enforced on Ed Reed earler this year.
    The irony is the NFL enforcement guy is none other than ex-Niner Safety Merton Hanks.
    Goldson says he can’t change but if he doesn’t play it smart he’ll cost the team.
    http://blogs.sacbee.com/49ers/archives/2012/12/one-fine-day-goldson-docked-21k-for-hit-on-hernandez.html

  69. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Goldson’s hit was a big factor in our win. Many receivers were alligator arming receptions after that including Hernandez on Aldon’s interception. I say that hit was smart. If not, it was at least very effective!

  70. robNo Gravatar says:

    HMMM

    imho justin smith might play this weekend and should be there for the playoffs !

  71. robNo Gravatar says:

    THE GOOD NEWS is
    lamichael james looks pretty good so far !
    james can be a good change of pace / outside runner to help out frank !

  72. robNo Gravatar says:

    SO …

    even without hunter , we have gore and james at RB !

    the unleashed crabtree with moss and manningham at WR !

    now kappy at QB !

    imho if/when davis and kap get their timing down …
    watch out, our offense is going to get real good real fast !

  73. robNo Gravatar says:

    superbowl here we come !

  74. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Reed’s suspension was overturned.

  75. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    I stand corrected. Reed was fined $50K instead and the suspension was lifted.
    Whitner hits just as hard and avoids the personal foul penalties.
    That 15 yard penalty is devastating especially when you have stopped a team on 3rd down.

  76. 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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