49ers 34, Texans 3

Houston quarterback Matt Schaub led the 49ers to a 34-3 trouncing of his very own self Sunday night, throwing three interceptions, one of which was a record setting fourth straight game with a pick six. CB Tramaine Brock was the primary beneficiary with two picks, one of which was the pick six int on the first Texans drive of the game, but reserve D-lineman Tony Jerod-Eddie also snagged one and rumbled a few yards before wisely taking a seat on the turf.

With Schaub setting a torrid pace in his nationally televised career flame out, the 49ers had little to do on offense and little was what they did. Colin Kaepernick completed only six passes for 113 yards, none at all in the 2nd and 3rd quarters, while Frank Gore, Kendall Hunter, LaMichael James, and four other guys rolled up 177 yards rushing.

The Texans also fumbled away one drive and missed a field goal at the end of another, which many observers interpreted as a sympathy screw up to take some of the spot light off Schaub. A nice gesture of incompetence, but the spot light stayed on. This was, after all, Sunday Night football. There was no way the cameras were going to peel away from the train wreck.

Jerod-Eddie was in the game because stalwart DE Ray McDonald went out with a biceps injury. He’ll be getting an MRI this morning and we’ll all be holding our breath that it isn’t a season ending tear. Losing Ray Mac would be a big blow.

The Indianapolis Colts also did the 49ers a favor Sunday, whipping the previously unbeaten Seahawks. They did it by intercepting Russell Wilson on his final drive where a TD would have won the game. It was a rare failure from Wilson, who had been thriving as a last minute miracle man — mostly by running around madly, and turning twenty yard sacks into amazing first downs. Of course, the best part of his failure was seeing Pete Carroll swallow his gum and weep uncontrollably on the sideline.

The loss put the 49ers and surprising Arizona Cardinals a mere game back in the standings with eleven games left on the calendar. Plenty of time to steal away with yet another division title.

Especially since the team has now weathered the brutal season opening schedule and faces some lesser foes over the next four games, along with a BYE week. By the time they travel to New Orleans in November, there’s a good chance they’ll be 7-2 and have Mario Manningham back to hopefully spark an upswing in the mostly inept passing game we have been enduring so far this year.

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52 comments on “49ers 34, Texans 3
  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    After the game my friend asks what I thought of the play calling. My response was, we won 34-3. But it was a good question.
     
    We ran the ball well and played good defense but the passing game is void of WRs getting open. Vernon got open a couple of times. Our play design has to improve. I know we might not have the best WRs in the NFL but does anybody think we would be getting WRs open with better WRs? I’m rooting for Roman to get a head coaching job after the season ends. If the play calling then improves it was Roman, if it doesn’t it’s Harbaugh. For now it’s RoBaugh.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It turned out to be an easy win over a very tough defense.
    If this was more of a contest I am not sure what the outcome would be if forced to pass.
    This week we’re an 11-12.5 pt favorite depending on the bookmaker.
    Can’t look past the Cards because this is a division game.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting comments on Tony Romo
    on NFL AM this morning.
    They said Tony Romo needs to learn how to win a game because right now all he knows is how to lose the game.
    Romo must be related to Steve DeBerg who would perform beautifully until the fourth quarter crunch time and then always make the big mistake under pressure.

  4. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The Texans are reeling right now, and have lost confidence in their QB. We should not read too much into our margin of victory against them.
     
    We have three winnable games coming up before the bye – the Cards at home, then two road games against opponents we *should* be able to beat. The team needs to keep to keep its focus.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I just became a huge Michelle Tafoya fan!

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    The Raiders have released QB Matt Flynn.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “All together, Seahawks and Raiders paid QB Matt Flynn a combined $14.5 million the past two seasons for one start.”
     
    He can’t play QB, but he knows how to make money!

  8. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Spitty can now sign him up!

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh presser happening now.
    Expects Carridine, Dial, Manningham and Wright to practice next week and contribute soon. Says they’re on track.

  10. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    If McDonald is out for long we need Carradine and Dial to get into the mix soon. The need for MM is obvious. Wright? Brock may have laid claim to the nickel back job going forward. But you never have enough CBs, if he can play, and IF he can stay out of trouble.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Harbaugh was asked about Crabtree and says hes’s running and is on or even ahead of schedule. Says mid to late Nov is a distinct possibility for his return.
    If Crabtree & Mario are fully recovered and shake the rust off the targets for Kap will improve dramatically.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Harbaugh said Dial is up to nearly 350 “and moving real well” Would be an interior d-line man when he’s ready.”
     
    Is that fat enough for you fat-guy-in-the-middle types?

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs- I don’t know. Dial is about 6-5 which is usually too tall for a NT. There have been exceptions. I watched this guy in college and he was involved in most plays I saw. He has a nose for disrupting plays. For sure he’ll be in the mix somewhere. At 350 it will probably be at NT, but I can see him being a DE. That would make him a Red Bryant with better movement.

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Well, he’s beginning his career like Bryant – injured.

  15. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    True! LOL

  16. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, 350 sounds like a meat & potatoes kind of guy. Hopefully this yr’s draft is one of those that goes down in the books as one of the best. If Dial and Tank can produce right away I think it will. I can see Tank running down that pencil-neck wilson and planting him with a tank-slam.

  17. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Wilfork’s Bio on Wiki has him at 6’2″ 325
    No chance on God’s green earth he’s 325.
     
    If Dial can move at 6′ 5″ 350, he’s more than OK as the ‘Fat Man in the Middle’ in my book Skeebs.
    I want a disruptive space eater to occupy 2 OLinemen and keep our LBs clean.
    If he can crush the pocket and keep pressure in the QBs face, even better.

  18. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Niners in talks with Cleveland over the services of WR Josh Gordon. It would likely cost them their Alex Smith pick.

  19. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I’d pass Chuck.
    Just put up a reply on your site about it.
    Keep the Top 2 Rds of Picks.
    Any deals for me, would go 3 or lower.

  20. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We’d have to get something for McCoy IMO too.
    He wouldn’t command much with the low salary he’s carrying too.
    Perfect backup, anywhere but here.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Jest surprised the Dirty Birds last night.
    Tony Gonzales decided against retiring to go 1-4?
    The ATL is the 3rd worst team in the NFC and the finger pointing has begun and it’s aimed at Mike Nolan and the defense.
    Still the coach Mike Smith has to look at himself with his gambles of not going for a chip shot FG
    and getting stuffed on 4th down
    and then losing by 2 points.
    Looks like a huge scramble for the wild card slots in the NFC with mediocre parity.

  22. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The Jets have built quite a nice D line and they are aggressive, even running the 46. Typically, Nolan doesn’t use his D line for anything but standing up the guy in front of them with an occasional blitz or stunt.

  23. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I hope Dial and Tank are the real deal. We could use some help for our D-line.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Simple logic will tell you that a Josh Gordon trade is not possible at this time.
    Two weeks ago the Browns were conducting a fire sale. All of a sudden they are tied for first in their division and in the mix for a wild card.
    Things have changed so dramatically for them that if they traded Gordon for a draft pick their fan base would shut the dawg pound down.
    I will admit stranger things have happened but this makes no sense for the Browns now.

  25. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Jim Harbaugh on Ray McDonald injury. “We dodged a bullet there. It looks like Ray might have walked one off.”

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    A sidenote to the Raiduhs cutting Matt Flynn is they have to eat $6.5 mil but they save themselves
    the additional conditional 5th round pick they owed the Seahags.
    That debt is voided.
    Moral of the story is one great game does not make a career which Matt Flynn’s resume.
    You really need to prove yourself
    probably over the course of around 20 regular season games where you are under fire to earn a long term big contract.
    Otherwise you could be a sucker for failure.

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Flynn had some extra collateral because of winning the national championship at LSU.

  28. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    When does the epiphany come that RoBaugh thinks designing a better passing game is important?

  29. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “You really need to prove yourself
    probably over the course of around 20 regular season games where you are under fire to earn a long term big contract.
    Otherwise you could be a sucker for failure.”
     
    The Niners were making moves, future moves and all kinds of transactions with huge salary cap implications in mind with the anticipation of having to re-sign their starting QB to a long-term big money deal. Kap had only 10 starts under his belt when those wheels were put into motion.
     
    Now Kap is the 21st ranked passer and sits at 30 in passing yds/gm. Maybe the Niners might wanna re-think that one?
     
    BTW, the two QBs atop the passer ratings? A couple of schmucks named Manning and Romo. Who woulda thunk it.

  30. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    When will you get off of Romo pony, Dennis? Manning and Romo have lost 14 playoff games between them. Romo had 3 win-and-you’re-in-the-playoff games. He’s a perfect 0-3. They are the Atlanta Braves of football.
    .
    Cough cough gag choke puke . . . ghghgghghghghggh
    .
    As usual, you neglect to see the obvious. Kappy is never going to lead the league in passing. He doesn’t need to. Drew Brees led the league in passing last year to the tune of 7-9. Woo hoo!
    .
    Look at Matt Ryan. 1-4. 2 of the top 4 passers (Rivers as well) have losing records. Romo? 2-3. Suckage.
    .
    Look as Russell Wilson. Is he burning the league up? No. He’s 28 yards ahead of Kappy. Wow. Who’s favored to go all the way? Is it Romo? No on your sorry-ass life.
    .
    Indy has to be considered a pretty big deal now that they have knocked off SF and Seattle.

  31. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Julio Jones OUT for the season for ATL. That just made beating the Falcons in December that much easier. Who we kidding. They’ll have mailed in their season by Halloween if they didn’t already over today’s morning coffee. I know that cup of Starbucks had half a bottle of Bailey’s inside.

  32. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    And with a gun at your head, who’s going to win the Super Bowl today? That’s right. To save your life the correct answer would be Peyton Manning. Any other answer and you might as well pull the trigger yourself.

  33. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Again. Romo put up 48 effing points. The reason he was in position to “choke” it away was because of himself. You think if Alex Smith was quarterbacking For Dallas he woulda put up 48 vs Denver? Not on your life. Cowboys with Alex lose 51-24. And I’m being generous.

  34. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Romo’s problem is that he’s too good to not give Dallas a chance to win games and make the playoffs”
     
    Read this fair and balanced piece from Football Outsiders explaining the Romo saga.
    .
    Now we know passer rating is a flawed stat, but we all can admit anyone putting up a 140.0+ on a full game of attempts played a hell of a game. Yet, look at where Romo’s games stand historically:

    Since 1960, all other quarterbacks are 159-0-1 when throwing at least four touchdowns with a 140.0+ rating. Romo is 1-2.
    Romo is the only quarterback since 1960 to have a 140.0+ rating on at least 30 attempts and lose the game, which he’s done twice now (both losses to the Manning brothers).
    .
    It’s all Romo’s fault. Please.
    http://www.footballoutsiders.com/clutch-encounters/2013/clutch-encounters-week-5

  35. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Manning knows he won’t win the SB this year or even get to it. His defense will be exhausted by January and so will his arm. He’s just trying to get as far up the career stats list as he can get now, hoping people will overlook the stone cold fact that he was a postseason loser.

  36. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And Romo isn’t even worth talking about. He’s a choker. It’s a fact. And everybody but Dennis and Jerry Jones knows it.

  37. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It’s not all Romo’s fault, Dennis, but he bears a lot of blame. If you are going to give Alwex Smith shit for sucking all those years, then you have to say Romo has failed on a much better team. Besuides, ALL Dallas fans wait for the inevitable interception to lose a given game. Who better than them know the truth?
    .
    Same with Manning. He’s had innumerable chances to win it all, and has failed at most of them. Romo is 1-6 in playoff, or play in to reach the playoffs, games. Manning is 9-11 in playoff games.
    .
    Granted, it isn’t all on the QB, but since that’s your metric, you have to own it.
    .
    Frankly, most of the blame for Romo’s failings land at the feet of Jerry Jerk Off. If he could build an even reasonable defense they’d do a little better. But still and all, Romo is nothing more than a regular season (and fantasy) wonder. I will say though that your fantasies are different than the fantasy football type.

  38. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Today doesn’t matter, Dennis. The Super Bowl doesn’t happen til February. Just ask Tony.

  39. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Are you kidding me? No QB has ever lost in 160 games with a 140 rating with at least 30 attempts, except Romo who has lost twice! Wow, that is not good. But for fantasy football he is great. I have him this year. I would not want him QBing my real team but just love him on my fantasy team!

  40. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    What good is it if as a QB you throw for 10 TDs and 1000 yards
    but in crunch time you throw the pick that costs your team the win?
    The facts are Tony Romo chokes in high pressure situations.
    He goes for the big play and tries to be the gunslinger.

    His gun is empty and he shoots blanks. He thinks he can carry his team but the reality and results prove otherwise.

  41. Unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Mr. October is a good thing to be . . . If you are a baseball player.

  42. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Peyton Manning has to face the fact that the Super Bowl is in New Jersey outdoors in the middle of winter.
    Be careful in making guarantees because Manning doesn’t perform in the elements.
    Winter is coming.

  43. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    “Houston quarterback Matt Schaub led the 49ers to a 34-3 trouncing …”
     
    Awesome.

  44. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I just looked up team passing defense. The Broncos are the leagues worst by 20 yards per game.

  45. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    That game was way easier than I thought it would be. Thank you indeed, Mr. Schaub. But I don’t think we can continue to count on crappy teams (Rams) and Mr. Schaub to help us in the trouncing. Our D played good against…crap. Our O played well enough to win. Granted, HOU has a very good D, but I think they played poorly because they immediately saw that they wouldn’t get shite out of Mr. Schaub.
     
    Glad for the win and to get above .500, but I’m not quite ready to dance in the streets. We will need to get the passing game in gear, with or without MM and MC. I also think our test will come sooner than many think. 7-2 at the break sounds great, but unless we develop more than running and good D, we’re going to be too predictable and ultimately defensible. Eeyore, out.

  46. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I think we were lucky to get Houston when they were completely broken down and with no confidence in Schaub. That’s a better team than that and at a later point in the season, if they pull it together, that might have been a much tougher game.
     
    It would be nice to put three good games together and get to the Bye week 6-2. Give us a month to heal, and no new injuries, and time to figure out how to make the passing game work in spite of Robaugh, and we can make a real run at the Squawks for the division.

  47. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    The bigger argument for the Cowpatties is the fact that the Chief Cook and Bottle Washer can’t Draft talent.
    He’s lived off the Parcells Picks, including Promo, and nothing of significance has been added since.
     
    Jerruh has a committee of puppets at his disposal which take the blame for the failures he himself has fostered.
    Take away Witten and Dez and that Team is vanilla at best.
     
    Once Kaep locates his version of Dez on this Offense, we’re golden for any Offensive Shoot Out we might find ourselves in for the foreseeable Playoff futures.

  48. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    So long as Jerruh has his shiny Cowpattie Palace and AT&T revenue stream to fund his massive video board empire, he’s content to sit in his High Visibility Box on Sundays and bask in the limelight of all the aura his ego emits, while enjoying those Texas sized Moral Victories.
    His throngs of lemmings, including our own NJ Gov Christie, will kiss his backside while grabbing a tan from the Jumbo-Tron Radiation.
    It’s a dog and pony show, led by Mr Ego himself.
     
    His boy Promo is paid like Peyton but, produces like Sanchez when the pressure is on.

  49. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yup. Jerry Jerk Off will never fire his incompetent GM.

  50. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2018 Schedule
9-9: @ Vikings, 10:00 am Sun.
9-16: vs. Lions, 1:25 pm, Sun.
9-23: @ Chiefs, 10:00 am, Sun.
9-30: @ Chargers, 1:25 pm, Sun.
10-7: vs. Cardinals, 1:25 pm, Sun.
10-15: @ Packers, 5:15 pm, Mon.
10-21: vs. Rams, 5:20 pm, Sun.
10-28: @ Cardinals, 1:25 pm, Sun.
11-1: vs. Raiders, 5:20 pm, Thur.
11-12: vs. Giants, 5:15 pm, Mon.
BYE
11-25: @ Tampa, 10:00 am, Sun.
12-2: @ Seattle, 5:20 pm, Sun.
12-9: vs. Broncos, 1:25 pm, Sun.
12-16: vs. Seattle, 1:25 pm, Sun.
12-23: vs. Bears, 1:05 pm, Sun.
12-30: @ Rams, 1:25 pm, Sun.
 
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
NJ49er: 6-10
Skeebers: 6-10
Bullit: 5-11
Mr Fletch: 5-11
RTFirefly: 5-11
Chuck: 9-7
Grumpy: 4-12
Rob: 9-7
Winder: 4-12

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