That was a fun first week of the return of NFL football. Let’s hope next Monday morning “fun” will still be in our vocabulary and not replaced with “Aaaaaarrrrghhhhh!!”
Fun wasn’t on the menu for Tampa Bay fans. They had to witness Lavonte David single-handedly turn a win into a loss with a super duper dumb 15 yard penalty that put the defeated Jets into field goal range and turned them into winners. There are other disgruntled fans around the league, for sure, but none quite so pissed off as the Tampa folks must be.
Say, isn’t Tampa Dashon Goldson’s new home? Hahaha. Get used to it, DG. Did you see your old team kick some Packer butt Sunday?
The Jets must have felt the gods had finally smiled on them. Not only did they get the gift win, but Wednesday their butt fumble QB Mark Sanchez was reportedly going to be placed on season ending IR. Alas, the magic ran out Thursday night in an ugly loss to the Patriots. Carry on, Jets.
Against Green Bay, the only thing that stopped the 49er offense was the 49er offense. Every other drive was torpedoed by penalties. Then again, the Pack had the equivalent of Craig Dahl and his twin brother playing the two safety spots and Dahl’s sister at one of the CB positions. That level of sub-standard play will not be the case up in Seattle this weekend. The Seahawks might have the best secondary in the league.
Still, IMO, the 49er pass blocking last Sunday was as good as it’s been in these parts in many, many years. Maybe due to D-line hesitation over whether our QB will take off running, or simply the big boys are getting better. Seattle is not a great pass rushing team at this point, so Colin Kaepernick should have time to throw. The WRs will not be as open as they were against Green Bay, but with Kaepernick’s rocket arm, they don’t need to be.
Whoever wins this game will have NFC West bragging rights for most of the season. The two teams don’t meet again until December 8 at Candlestick. But the game is much more important to the Seahawks. If they can’t beat the Niners in their own over-amped stadium, they’re not going to beat them on the road. OTOH, if the Niners can’t beat them at Qwest Field, there’s probably nobody in the league who can. That would fetch them another perfect 8-0 record at home and send them on the way to a 13 or 14 win season.
One matchup in the game that will be fun to watch is Seattle’s loudmouthed CB Richard Sherman trying to intimidate Anquan Boldin. Boldin is liable to toss that boy aside like an empty can of beans.
This game fascinates everybody in the league. It’s been glowing in neon letters since the first day the 2013 schedule was released. Half the league thinks Seattle is the team to beat this year and the other half thinks San Francisco is the best. The QBs in this game are considered to be two mega-stars in the making. Kaepernick has garnered far more acclaim than russell wilson, and this game will go a long way toward justifying those kudos or making them seem a bit premature.
Step off the podium Cowboys vs Giants, Ravens vs Steelers, and Brady vs Manning. Seahawks vs 49ers is the new gold standard, blood bath rivalry in the NFL — now and for many years to come.