Must Win Times

Last year, the 49ers split their first two games and then embarked on an improbable eight game winning streak. This year, the team has been unable to win so much as three games in a row. Beginning Sunday, they’ll have one last crack at this humble trifecta.

If Green Bay somehow loses to Minnesota this weekend, and the 49ers don’t lay an egg against lowly Arizona, three wins in a row would bring home the franchise’s 6th Lombardi trophy. But the more likely scenario is needing to win four in a row to emerge as 2012 champions — five in a row when you factor in the Arizona game.

The team has done little to convince us they are capable of such a feat, but last year’s Giants hadn’t looked all world either — until they were. That team was getting healthy as the playoffs rolled around. But the 49ers health has been going in the other direction.

The offense is the offense. It works about the same no matter who’s playing and it works pretty well if the game is close or, especially, if the 49ers have the lead. If they fall behind by a couple of scores, the offense shrivels and defeat soon follows. Colin Kaepernick could suddenly catch fire and change the offensive dynamics, but so far he has not.

But the odd behavior of the defense has been the biggest head scratcher this year. The New England game highlighted its Jekyll and Hyde nature. In the first half, it was impenetrable. In the second half, it got torched.

The win or go home intensity of the playoffs will hopefully get the defense to play at its best — every game, every quarter. The only way the Niners can win it all is if the defense gives them a chance to conduct their run-based, wear you out offense.

But first, there’s the matter of slamming the fly swatter down on the sinking Arizona Cardinals. And probably the head coaching career of Ken Whisenhunt, the longest tenured HC in the NFC West. Ken has kept his job for six years, despite botching the QB position the entire time. In the beginning, he kept wanting to start Matt Leinart over Kurt Warner, but Leinart saved his job by getting injured. After Warner left, he treated Cardinal fans to the Derek Anderson and Kevin Kolb eras. This year, its been the Clown of the Week committee.

Meanwhile, a great defense and a HOF WR get one year older and one year more wasted. With the rise of Seattle and St. Louis, the Cardinals are looking like basement dwellers in the foreseeable future.

The 49ers should stomp hell out of these guys, but any kind of victory will suffice. A loss to the Cardinals would give Seattle the division crown and doom the Niners to an almost certain early exit from the playoffs. This is the last game of the 2012 regular season, but in reality this is the first game of the 2012 playoffs. From here on out, it’s win or pack your bags for the offseason.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The defense is getting tired because of their substitution pattern. The defense played basically another half of football
    against the Pats when they ran 95 plays. Couple that with the 2 OT games against the Rams and it equals out to playing an extra game.
    On Yahoo the Russell Wilson scramble play is being featured.
    That play lasted 17.5 seconds.
    If the Niners don’t run the ball and control the time of possession the defense gets worn down and breaks down.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If Harbaugh wants to be the next Chuck Knox or Marty Schottenheimer he needs to just keep running the Sardine Can Offense.
     
    Chuck and Marty were not bad. They usually made the play-offs. They just never got to the Super Bowl. I hope our expectations are higher than that.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RJF played average to above average last game. That should show how great Justin Smith is. He’s my favorite Niner for a reason. I sure hope he is back for the play-offs.

  4. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Say what you will about the substitution pattern, but when Smith went down, so did the entire defense.
    .
    To the tune of 73 points in a game and a half.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Seattle CB Sherman won his appeal of suspension.

  6. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    J. Smith has a partially torn triceps. That’s a helluva injury to have in your “elbow.”

  7. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And what’s with this “partially” torn bullshit? It’s either torn or it’s not. Effing Jimbo and his Gestapo secrecy. It all leads to bad karma. I’m sick of his surly attitude. I’m even more sick and tired of his Bo Schembechler philosophy. How many days until training camp?

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Richard Sherman has moved into my top 3 current players who I can’t stand.
    The nimrod got away on a technicality and is yapping about his innocence.
    If any pro sports is going to enforce their rules they have to
    seriously revamp their procedures
    of contaminated samples to the point of watching the guy pee.
    Everyone is using this defense from baseball and cycling and the Olympics.

  9. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You are the only bad karma around here, Dennis. Quit whining.
    .
    Partially means he may play in a couple weeks. It’s good news you dimwit.

  10. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    You rooted for the Dodgers all year, Dennis. In the immortal words of Bugs Bunny, what a f***ing maroon.

  11. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Even funnier is you think that your rooting against the teams you supposedly support somehow affects the outcome of games.
    .
    Fantastically deluded much? You need to pull that 40′ tree out of your ass.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Upon further update: “Justin Smith has bone spur floating in elbow after it got detached from triceps tendon.”

  13. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Completion rates for NFC North QBs vs AZ: Stafford 48.0, Ponder 47.1, Rodgers 46.7, Cutler 46.2.
     
    A. Smith: 94.7

  14. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    What is that? A Sando twitter tweet? Where can the rest of the story be found?
     
    Excellent proof that AZ’s DBs don’t defend checkdowns worth a shit I suppose.

  15. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s the story…
    .
    bit.ly/W7nJsR

  16. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    The injuries, the defensive breakdown, the SCO and underwhelming passing game is all a great three dimensional chess move by Harbaugh to lull our playoff opponents into over confidence. We’re going to win the Super Bowl.

  17. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    WE need the 2nd seed and the bye week !

    with it we get time to get healthy (and extra time to prepare)

    we would be only one win away from a 2nd straight NFC title game.
    we would just have to win two games to get to the superbowl !

    without the bye we don’t get those advantages and our road will be much tougher !

    green bay is without their leading WR ! minnesota has more to play for and they’re at home !

  18. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    IMHO we still have a good shot at the 2nd seed !

    we’ve been on the wrong side of minnesota at home AND seen an NFC wildcard hopeful (seattle) needing a win !

    imo GREEN BAY is no sure thing to win , and imo arizona has pretty much packed it in !

  19. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    BARLEY ! good post ! seriously i think harbaugh is still not putting all his cards on the table ! the seattle game is a big wakeup call for us !

    imho we play much better on defense and open it up a little on offense this week !

    if we get vernon and then justin back healthy for playoff time we have as good a shot as any team to win it all !

  20. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    GOOD NEWS

    justin says he’ll play !

    http://blogs.sacbee.com/49ers/archives/2012/12/justin-smith-its-definitely-getting-better-ill-be-ready-to-roll.html

    let’s just hope to god ironman doesn’t injure it more severely when he does play !

    (anybody here know any more about these kinds of injuries ?)

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The announcer on the Texas Tech vs Minn game (Brock Huard) just broke out the word prestidigitation. He did it during the ante-penultimate quarter.

  22. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Rob – Two tweets by Barrows, less than an hour apart;

    1. Justin Smith said today he’ll be ready to play if the playoffs started next week for the 49ers.

    And then:

    2. Jim Harbaugh said today that Justin Smith risks tearing his triceps tendon further if he plays.

  23. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, a sportscaster with the name of ‘Brock’ uttering the word ‘prestidigitation’ is about as authentic as Kevin Costner’s ye olde english accent in ‘Robin Hood’.

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Hall of Fame Nevada Head Coach, Chris Ault, is retiring. He is the inventor of the Pistol offense. In an article I just read on CBS Sports, many credit him for inventing the middle screen and the college football overtime rules used today. His original version put the ball at the 15 instead of the 25 that is used today in the college OT period.

  25. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Only a QB would talk like that, or an O lineman.
     
    I remember those Huard boys from not too far back. I think one of them had too many kicks in the head to continue playing.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Manningham put on IR and Jerod_eddie promoted from Practice Squad to take his place.
    Anthony Davis fined $10K for his personal foul.
    Chancellor not fined for his hit on VD which was the right thing as it wasn’t helmet to helmet or a spear.

  27. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Blackjack rules. Up 150 and hitting the slopes tomorrow.

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Monday is known as Black Monday when NFL teams can their disappointing underperforming coaches.
    The Seahag recent success has moved their OC Bevill and DC Gus Bradley ahead of the Niner coordinators as the hot coaches in waiting.
    Many head coaching jobs should open up.
    Will teams recycle guys like Norv Turner and Josh McDaniels and give
    a coordinator a first time chance?
    We all know how important continuity is in coaching.

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Some coaches fastigate to a point where the only direction is down. Black Monday is not a bad thing if the place where that coach should have been all along is as a coordinator. Or, as in Andy Reid’s situation, he probably just needs a change in scenery.

  30. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    If there is any question about it, you have to err on the side of caution and have him sit.

  31. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Maybe VD isn’t all that keen on taking one for the team since Harbaugh changed “Who’s got it better …” from a locker room spirit to a business slogan.

  32. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    NO ONE should be keen on ‘taking one for the team’, where the outcome could be scrambled eggs for brains and drooling for the rest of your life.

  33. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    UDFA TE Garrett Celek has 4 catches for 51 yds. First rd. pick A. J. Jenkins?
     
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hckIjL7z5z4

  34. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    The dude I was telling Berger about, Alex Okafor, for Texas has 4 1/2 sacks vs OSU tonight. I kept calling him Orakpo. I thought he was Brian’s younger brother.

  35. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    For the beer drinkers: I found this little factoid to be interesting…One of the great mysteries for scientifically inclined beer drinkers is why bubbles in a glass of Guinness sink. Basically, there is a current within the glass that drags the bubbles down on the sides, then back up in the center of the glass, where the bubbles form the foamy head. And this current appears to be caused by the shape of the typical draft glass, which is slightly narrowed at the bottom, so there are more bubbles in the middle than the sides.
     
    You may resume quaffing.

  36. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Why are we here? Hagar the Horrible can answer that question.
    http://www.arcamax.com/thefunnies/hagarthehorrible/

  37. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Has anybody seen my 1st round bye? I got Rammed by a Seahawk and lost it. If the Vikings don’t Pack it in I might be able to find it via carrier Cardinal!

  38. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh is carefully crafting the “nobody believes in us” motto. He’s doing a good job, too!

  39. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh is a master liar. “Nobody believes in us” is pretty funny when you’re still one of the Super Bowl favorites.

  40. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    It seems everyone believes we can’t lose two in a row.
    It’s those piles of shit games we play between the wins that help fuel the notion more than Harbaugh’s “warm” pressers.

  41. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh gives new meaning to “warm and fuzzy.” Can you picture Jimbo sitting on his couch in front of the fire wearing one of those Snuggies? That would make one helluva Christmas card photo.

  42. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I hope y’all are rooting for the Bears today like I am. I’d much rather play (beat) them again in the playoffs then say a Washington. Not counting on the Vikes beating the Pack today.

  43. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And I’m also rooting for Andrew Luck and his Colts. For a couple of reasons; 1) I like ’em 2) It would knock HOU out of the #1 seed and thus not force NE/DEN to play in the divisional round. I truly hope that’s the AFC Championship Game. Got quarterbacks?

  44. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, that’s why I keep tellin’ ya I want to play the Bears again. They run more SCO than we do. They couldn’t make a 3rd/4th and short if their lives depended on it.

  45. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Well, one good bit of news today: Eat It, Giants! Hahaha.

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    We got shafted having to listen to Gus Johnson and his play by play which sucks.

  47. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Thanks to the Blair Walsh Project we got the 1st round bye!

  48. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We sucked today when in the SCO and all of our big plays were in the Spread with one exception, the 3rd and 2 TD run by Gore.

  49. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Jim’s wife Sara Harbaugh is on the post game show. She has an SCO hairdo. All of her hair comes to a point on her head instead of being spread out.

  50. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    After a shaky first three drives, Kap posted a 114.6 passer rating today. Third down efficiency was not what it should be, 4 of 14 for 29%, but that was mitigated by going 2 for 2 on 4th down. On Kap’s last 7 drives, we scored 5 times (3 TD / 2 FG) and had two of the drives end in missed FGs. We had no punts during that section of the game. The fact that Gore was not that productive for most of the game makes that even more impressive.

  51. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    So we get a home game either Saturday?Sunday playing the winner of the Seahag vs Redskins or Cowgirls winner tonight.
    Go Niners! Today turned out as well as the Niners could hope.

  52. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Rams led the Seahags at halftime because they got pressure on Wilson and sacked him 5 times in that half.
    Last week that was what was missing, a heavy pass rush.
    The talking heads have also noticed Wilson will always go right so that is a key on containment and pressure if the Seahags can win a road game in the playoffs.

  53. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Kaep saved the bad play calling by coming up big on 3rd and long. That was when we typically went into the spread. Every time we got a first down I told Renojim here comes the SCO until 2nd or 3rd and long.

  54. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    HAS there been a better night for niner fans all year ?

    we win , clinch the division … and get the first rd bye !

  55. ROBNo Gravatar says:

    NOW i’m going to the local pub to celebrate our win … and watch dallas lose again !!!

  56. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    We play next on Saturday, Jan 12 at 5 PST. We will play the highest remaining seed.

  57. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I wonder if the play-off schedules are computor generated or anthropogenic?

  58. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Anybodsy else out there yell “discount double check” when the Packers lost?

  59. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Thank you MN!
    What was Atl thinking leaving starters in the game today too?
    Houston is a joke against the run, the League is paving the road for Peyton and Brady.
    If Andrew Luck gets to the Championship game, this League is fixed by Vegas.
     
    We have an extra week for Justin to get healthier while also looking for AJ and Akers to get their collective heads out of their backsides.

  60. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    No Discount Double Check for me Berger, just screw you GB.
    Not sure what would be more enjoyable, seeing Dallas lose tonight or getting torched in the 1st Rd.
    Seattle vs Dallas Pt II would be quite entertaining I think.

  61. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Berger, no yelling. I was just glad it came down to Ponder having the ball last. Neither defense was stopping anyone there at the end.

  62. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bye bye GMen, see ya Bears, up yours New Orleans and, let’s get this Offense into RHYTHM!
     
    Get ready Justin, here we go LMJ, Randy gets his RING!

  63. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, Seattle vs Dallas in the playoffs would be most entertaining if both those A-hole teams could lose.

  64. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    One can only wish Grump.
    Dallas in our bldg would certainly be better than facing Wilson again.

  65. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    DallAss must go down today!

  66. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Dez Bryant just went to the locker room! DallAss almost returned a punt to the house.

  67. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Can we cut Ginn next week?
    Bring in Kaeding and bench Akers?

  68. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    DallAss has lost their #1 and #2 WRs and are still in the Spread. I’ve always liked Bill Callahan as an OC. The Jest had him and used him as an O-line coach and chose to run the SCO instead with Kurt Schottenheimer. DallAss just scored a TD and a 2 point conversion. Three point game with 5:50 to go.

  69. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I want to see Dallas and Jerruh choke.
    Fuktards.

  70. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Promo with yet another INT.
    Douche….cough…..overrated.

  71. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Romo comes thru again! He just threw his third interception!

  72. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Here we go Dallas Here we go…..
    Where?
    Oh sooooooo close.
    Blow hard.

  73. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    1st and goal for Wash after a roughing the QB on a failed 3rd down throw. 2nd and goal takes us to the 2 min warning! With no turnovers game is over!

  74. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Alfred in the kitchen with a flamethrower?

  75. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Sea at Wash and Minn at GB. We play highest remaining seed. I would say pretty good chance we play GB at the Stick in two weeks.

  76. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Dennis must be bummed. Romo’s losing. The Niners get the bye.

  77. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The Ryan Twins, home for the Playoffs.

  78. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Touchdown Washington! Romo comes thru as the anti-clutch again!

  79. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Sanchez and Promo, Poster children for horseshoes.

  80. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Rex Ryan will have time to film his wife’s feet now!

  81. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bust out the Participation Trophies.
    Hey Jerruh, BITE ME!

  82. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Del loves his Romo.

  83. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’m guessing Jerruh has a FedEx shipment of NFC East Championship gear heading to Somalia tonight.

  84. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Somali Pirates – NFC East Champions!

  85. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Down goes DallAss! Game over!

  86. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Great stats tho.

  87. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Great for fantasy maybe Chuck.
    Which is what Jerruh thinks he’s playing.

  88. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Tony Uh-Oh comes through in the clutch…….again.

  89. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    BTW, RJF had another good game. The guy is a good DE. It’s just that nobody is Justin Smith.

  90. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    RJF is not nearly as strong at the POA in the Run game Berger.
    Granted, Justin is clearly the better guy.
     
    I could see us putting the Fat Man in the Middle down the road and, utilizing a rotation of DEs, like RJF and Ian in the future.
    We need help for Ice or, his eventual replacement.
    Hard to figure where we go in the Off Season relative to extensions on the DL.

  91. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    “Hard to figure where we go in the Off Season relative to extensions on the DL.”

    Everywhere you can. Retain, draft, FA. Get five or six or more good DLs and rotate them. Have a guy who only plays in the 4th qtr, and gives you a dozen good pass rush snaps every game. Find another big guy who can clog the middle. Keep Soap and RJF as depth. Find a guy you can groom as Justin’s successor. DL is simple: if you have six, find another and have seven. Because you never have enough.

  92. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Defensive lines win championships!

  93. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    ESPN just said Romo is 1-6 in win or go home games.

  94. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Question I was going after Grump is where we spend the money?
    Is Ice worthy of another extension?
    This Draft Class is deep with DL talent.
    I’m all about the NT and another DE/OLB or 2 as well.
    We could use depth certainly.
    Who stays and who goes?
    Will be interesting to see how this shakes out.

  95. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We already knew that Berger.
    Tony Effn Promo.
    Americas QB.
    The Hood Ornament on Jerruhs’ Clown Car.

  96. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The sack that Ahmad got tonight was set up by Aldon stopping his progress toward the QB inside.
    He allowed Brooks to come in behind his man on the stunt.
    We were trying various options to loop and stunt which was good to see.
    Missing Justin is huge.
    Getting the backups some action certainly can’t hurt going forward.

  97. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    When Defenses start to clamp down on Crabtree, Moss and Vernon will be the beneficiaries.
    Took us a little while to warm up but Kaep and Crabtree have found some much needed chemistry.

  98. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I would not be adverse to spending our first two draft picks on our defensive front. Yes, we have other needs – CB, WR, RB, S. But there is something to be said for reinforcing your strength too. Our front seven is the key to our team. If the players are there, grab them.

  99. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    In the first reound I would go NT unless a CB is rated far ahead of the available NT. Tell Santa I also want a kicker and a couple of very fast WRs in the middle rounds!

  100. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    A big day fore AJ Jenkins today. He actually had a ball thrown his way today, which he dropped, but it was action!

  101. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    We have a lot of picks. I concur with getting a potential starter at NT first. Then OLB and CB. WR and RB. S. K in the second half of the draft. Some ST players. We have to let the board dictate, but that’s the way I’d like to see it play out.

  102. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Have to Grump.
    Protect the QB, Sack the QB.
     
    That’s where the game is determined.
    As for WR?
    I’m starting to pay more attention to that position as I preview the Draft candidates.
    What appears to be strongest is the Defensive side.
    Several interesting DBs out there.
    Watch the S/CB from NC State, David Amerson.
    He hasn’t declared yet but, will be in the Music City Bowl game tomorrow facing one of the higher rated WRs from Vandy, Jordan Matthews, who just happens to be, Jerry Rices’ cousin.
     
    He’ll likely go high if he declares which obviously knocks other guys down the Board.
    Good crop of DBs/DEs/OLB/DL.

  103. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Both Amerson and Matthews are worth paying attention to.
    Matthews is slotted right now as a Rd 2-3 talent.
    Lots of talent out there.
    Gotta bank on Baalke.

  104. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The defense really stepped up and dominated. Fitzgerald was held to 2 catches for 13 yards.
    Niners had the ball over 12 mins longer than the Cards and held them to only 53 plays.

  105. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Extra week of rest will certainly help our Defense out as well Bullit.
    Hats of to MN.
    We can use the BYE.

  106. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Gotta love the replacement refs. The call in the Sea/GB game got us the #2 seed!

  107. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Also got Seattle into the Playoffs perhaps?
    New Season.
    Let’s see if Roman has anything new to bring to the table?
    I liked that misdirection play to LMJ.
    Throwback something-or-other?

  108. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Crabtree is signed through 2014. Time for Baalke to work on extending his contract.
    Crabtree is starting to dominate
    and there is no question he is a #1 receiver and he can get separation and is a playmaker.

  109. 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, 1:05 p.m.
Oct. 8: at Indianapolis, 10 a.m.
Oct. 15: at Washington, 10 a.m.
Oct. 22: vs. Dallas, 1:05 p.m.
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia, 10 a.m.
Nov. 5: vs. Arizona, 1:05 p.m.
Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants, 1:25 p.m.
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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