Not much happening at 49er HQ this week. That is all.
Just kidding. I have some more words to throw around here, if I can just find them.
Not sure why the team is dribbling out the player activations. Tank Carradine on Monday. Aldon Smith on Thursday. They have to get them all done by next Tuesday. Drama queens.
It sounds like Michael Crabtree is getting healed faster than anticipated and might be in the lineup two weeks from now against New Orleans. That would be great news. The Saints do like to score points in bunches. An actual passing attack could be handy against them.
I know Colin Kaepernick is licking his chops over the return of his favorite WR. With Crabtree, Mario Manningham, Anquan Boldin, and Vernon Davis, the 49ers would have some serious fire power. And Vance McDonald can always slip down field for a killer 20 yarder, too.
The team rallied nicely from its disastrous 1-2 start, going 5-0 in October. The MVP of that turn around was good old Frank Gore. A softer schedule helped, also. The next two games are going to be a little testier, but more of an indication of how good the team really is.
The Bengals rise to prominence took a big hit with Thursday night’s loss to the Dolphins. Just when Bengal fans were starting to believe in Andy Dalton, he puts up a true stinker. Losing an OT game on a safety is about as dumb a way to lose as there is. The 3 INTs didn’t help, either. To top it off, their all pro DT Geno Atkins tore his ACL and is out for the year. The Ravens are breathing a lot easier this morning.
There’s not much to root for this weekend. I’d like to back the Bucs in Seattle, but that would require the intervention of the Tooth Fairy, who died sometime in my single digit years. Kansas City has done all they can do for us this year by getting their eighth win last week, so it’s now time to see them start losing and pushing their second round pick higher up the draft board. Buffalo is better than their 3-5 record indicates, and a KC pratfall is a definite possibility. If that doesn’t work, there’s always two games upcoming against Denver to pop their bubble.