On Saturday, Raiders’ HC Dennis Allen said it was time for his team to make its move. Sunday, they did — backwards, losing ignominiously at home to the woeful Eagles 49-20. Back to the drawing board, Dennis. Need a little help getting that shoe out of your mouth?
Elsewhere around the league, the Jets somehow beat the Saints, the Browns somehow beat the Ravens, Carolina moved into the 6th spot in the Wild Card race with their 4th straight win, stomping the fading Falcons, and most surprising of all, Tony Romo actually won a game in the 4th quarter. Zounds!
The 49ers had the day off Sunday and will return to work this week to prepare for the surging Panthers next week at Candlestick, before traveling to New Orleans for a show down with the Saints. But the first order of business is Tuesday’s deadline for activating players from the PUP/NFI lists. Mario Manningham, Eric Wright, and Nick Moody are the players waiting for the go ahead to rejoin the team. LB Nate Stupar was released Saturday, so there are two more guys that need to go bye-bye today or tomorrow. CB Nnamdi Asomugha seems likely to go, but the final guy to be released is still a mystery.
According to a depth chart graphic posted here last week by Bullit, there could be a change in the return game next Sunday, with LaMichael James replacing Kyle Williams. Williams had mastered the art of the “fair catch” this season, but in the last game added bumbling the ball OB to his repertroire, which was not a positive development. If James can catch the ball and return it five yards, Kyle may soon be out of a job and even off the roster, when Michael Crabtree returns in a couple of weeks.
This could be a strange year in the NFC, where the best two records might belong to two teams in the same division, forcing one of the teams from the top seed all the way down to the fifth seed. And that distinction might even involve some sort of weird tie-breaker scenario. It’s likely we’ll see a 14-2 or 13-3 or 12-4 team going in as a wild card while a team from the NFC East gets in as the fourth seed with a losing record.
If Seattle is the team that falls to the 5th seed, then fair is fair and nothing needs to be done to the seeding system. God has spoken. Pete Carroll is a sinner and must be punished. However, if the 49ers are victimized, life is a joke and everything is meaningless. Unless the Niners win the SB anyway, in which case, ha ha ha, Seattle, eat it!