Scoreboard Watchers Weekend

Last week of the 2013 season. Green Bay at Chicago for the NFC North title. Philadelphia at Dallas for the NFC East title. Saints are win-and-in versus Tampa Bay. Carolina and Seattle could both win their divisions and get the top two seeds, or they could both end up in the wild card round. Four teams still in the mix for the last AFC wild card spot. Six NFC teams with a chance to get into the postseason.

Roger Goodell and the TV networks are quite pleased. Another slam-bang finish on a glorious all-day football fest to close out the season. Eight teams are in the playoffs and ten more still have a shot. Meaning football is still relevant to 18 out 32 NFL franchises on the last weekend of a sixteen game season.

Locally, the 49ers have already qualified for the playoffs, but their seeding could be one, two, five, or six. Most probably, a win at red-hot Arizona will give them the five seed, a loss will drop them to the sixth seed. They’ll be playing the following weekend at either Chicago, Green Bay, Philadelphia, or Dallas.

The Eagles look like the most dangerous team of this possible foursome. A win over the Kyle Orton Cowboys would give them the third seed. They’d be playing at home against the sixth seed. That could match up Jim Harbaugh vs Chip Kelly, just like it was a Stanford vs Oregon game from their college rivalry days. My guess is Kelly would rather face New Orleans than pit his star RB LeSean McCoy against Patrick Willis and Navorro Bowman or the stout defense of Arizona.

It’s difficult to imagine Dallas or Chicago as serious post season competitors. Then again, without Tony Romo bringing his weird jinx mojo to the scene, maybe Orton will channel the 2011 Tim Tebow and shock the world. Green Bay is a bit scary, simply because they dicked around all year without Aaron Rodgers, but the other NFC North teams stumble-bummed so badly that the Packers are right there ready to take the title with an 8-7-1 record and Rodgers is back in the saddle to deliver it. That’s exactly the weird sort of lucky we-don’t-belong-but-we’re-here karma that the Ravens rode to the title last year.

In the AFC, everyone will be assuming a Denver vs New England championship shoot out, but the sleeper team is probably the Indianapolis Colts. They had a mid-season stumble, but have managed to beat Denver, SF, Seattle, and KC this year. They seem to play best against the best. It would not be a stunner to see them go all the way to the SB.

Arizona is pretty full of itself now, after taking down the Seahawks in Seattle. Their HC Bruce Arians has already said Seattle is a better team than the Niners because Russell Wilson is a better QB than Colin Kaepernick. Their DE Calais Campbell claims they’re the best team in the NFC. Their star CB Patrick Peterson says Michael Crabtree isn’t as good as he was before his Achilles injury, when, it might be noted, Crabtree routinely beat Peterson like a drum whenever the two teams played. One would guess the Cardinals are quite confident they will whip the Niners this Sunday. We shall see. But kudos to them for attempting to get the 49ers hyped up for what is more or less a meaningless game.

The Niners started the season with a win, then two losses, then five straight wins, then two losses, and another five straight wins. Poetically speaking, a loss Sunday would give them a symmetrical season. And might be better prep for the playoffs than a win. Or not. Who knows? Screw it. Go Niners!




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  1. EarlNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like this is shaping up to be the battle of the 11-5 prognosticators vs the 12-4. Bloviating rights for 2014 is at stake. A meaningless game NOT.

  2. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Gasp. How could I have overlooked the most important aspect of this Sunday’s game?

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Earl- You didn’t prognosticate. What happened?

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Earl’s 13-3 got gonged when we were robbed in the Saints game.

  5. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I missed Earl’s pick.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Expect the Cards to put everything they have on the table.
    If nothing else they want to make a statement for next year.
    Ellington is a more dangerous back than powerback Mendenhall who is only averaging 3.1 yds per carry.
    Carson Palmer has 22 TDs but also 21 INTs which means he still can be baited into making the bad play even though he’s a 10+ year veteran.
    Win the turnover battle, keep the penalties to a minimum and play exceptional special teams seems to be the winning formula.

    From this point on it’s do what’s needed to win or go home.

  7. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, I’d think AZ goes out trying. Got it. THe thing is, the NOTB game is happening while the Niners game is going on. They may or may not know their fate when the game ends. Carol,ina plays in the morning, so NO should know their standing.

    Could this be the 1st time an 11-5 team has missed the playoffs? I know the Niners didn’t get in at 10-6 one year.

    Crazy shit.

    In other news, the league again decided after the fact that Donte Whitner’s hit was clean and thus not fineable. So that’s 3 times he’s been unnecessarily flagged for playing defense.

    These HAVE to be reviewable next year if they are going to call every hard hit.

  8. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Romo had back surgery this morning so it’s Orton and Kitna for the Cowgurls.
    As for the Packers Lacy will play on a bad ankle but how effective can he be and how long can he go? If the Pack doesn’t
    run the ball Rodgers will be exposed to getting hit and it is certain da Bears will put him on the ground to see how well his collarbone has healed.

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49ers place Mario Manningham on injured reserve. What a worthless year he turned in.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Ahmad Brooks won his appeal for his fine after hitting D. Brees. 49ers could be 12-3 and atop division w/o that penalty.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Dashon Goldson fined $60K for another helmet-to-helmet hit.

  12. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    If AZ misses the playoffs, they can point to that play as well.

  13. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    But if Frank doesn’t drop a certain pass we beat NO anyway.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    You can still go on a tour of “The Stick” until Aug 2014
    http://tourcandlestick.bpt.me/

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    All 22 film analysis from Inside the Film Room by Carson today.

    Focus is on Crabtree (Spoiler Niners are shown going into 4 wide formations)

    http://insidethefilmroom.com/?p=3516

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners voted to Pro Bowl

    San Francisco’s Pro Bowlers are inside linebacker NaVorro Bowman, outside linebacker Ahmad Brooks, tight end Vernon Davis, running back Frank Gore, guard Mike Iupati, defensive lineman Justin Smith, offensive tackle Justin Staley and inside linebacker Patrick Willis.

    Format is different this year as they’ve done away with NFC/AFC
    designations.

  17. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The problem with being a good team is it is just so hard to get your punter into the Pro-Bowl!

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Music time from one of my favorite soundtracks
    “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” composed by the incomparable Burt Bacharach who along with Henry Mancini and
    Nino Rota are among the great movie composers.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrOopXMNsUc

  19. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    How’s your Tiny Tim collection holding up?

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck

    First you mention Lawrence Welk and then you post a video.
    My parents and grandparents were big fans of champagne music. They particulary liked the Lennon Sisters.

    Musical tastes are universal and span generations.
    Only an idiot moron jerk would laugh at someone’s taste in music.
    It just depends on the era you grew up in and the place.
    That’s why we have freedom of choice. You get to choose what you listen to in the car.

  21. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Not sure if only idiots, morons, or jerks would laugh at someone’s taste in music, but calling someone an idiot moron jerk for doing so is definitely not a high character kind of activity. I’m sure there are subtler and less inflamatory ways to indicate displeasure.

  22. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs

    I took the high road the other day and let these comments slide

    “Lawrence Welk fan are ya, Bullitt? Or are you still wishing for some testicles next Christmas?”

    Apparently you don’t think that’s the least bit inflammatory?

    I will try to not get baited into reacting to the troll.
    It know it gets old.

  23. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t be fooled by Promo.
    He sprained his uterus so he wouldn’t have to shoulder the load for missing the Playoffs.
    He kept them in it vs DC.

    His mammalian womb wound leaves Jerruh with a minuscule chance to ride DeMarco Murray to the Playoffs.
    Don’t see them pulling that feat off but….stranger things have been known to happen.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners brought in Brad Wing P yesterday for a “tryout”.
    He’s a left footed rookie punter from LSU. He’s Australian and was in the Egos camp and cut before the season started.
    He happens to be left footed and the Cards punter is left footed.
    LMJ was out there practicing fielding those left footed punts.
    Wing wasn’t signed but got to visit with ex teammate Eric Reid.

  25. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Could mean some additional work for LMJ Bullit.
    I’m still waiting for him to break one.
    Our ST Unit is overdue for some long anticipated impact in the return game.

    Very possible Eric Reid might have a former teammate joining him as a WR too come May.
    Like both Odell Beckham and Jarvis Landry from the WR Group.

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Forget what I said about Dereck Carr last week. Bridgewater is the #1 QB this year. He came up big in a bowl again while Carr floundered in his bowl game.

  27. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Berger I got a look at the NT from Syracuse the other night.
    Jay Bromley.
    He looks interesting.
    Gotta do some homework on him.

    Maybe a Mid Rd guy.

  28. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Ego Ferguson from LSU is interesting too.

  29. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Phil Savage on what to watch for with WRs against DBs in Senior Bowl drills. Film from last year’s Senior Bowl showing Patton.
    Just a reminder that Quinton Patton has a future in the NFL.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sNp0-7UuqA0#action=share

  30. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Nj/Berger

    Senior Bowl has a lot of players we’ve been discussing here.
    What I look forward to are the workouts are broadcast much like the NFL combine.
    Berger’s guy Fales is a participant so we’ll get a good look.
    Niners need to find a Center.

  31. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Quinton Patton’s future in the NFL has no connection to his senior bowl workout from last year, Bullit. I was keening for local kid Keenan Allen. Did they listen? No. He’s in line for ROY. Patton’s in line for, uh, the 4th WR spot.

    And before you go all hissy, this is not an indictment of Patton. Just that he’s not shown very much. We don’t see practices and therefore don’t know what’s really going on, but this isn’t really a place for backup WRs to shine.

    I just hope he doesn’t follow the AJ Jenkins path. I can find 10 miles of film on how good AJ was in college.

  32. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    NJ, I’m just happy to see LMJ out there. I think he has a pretty strong upside and would like to see him catching swing passes and getting loose in the secondary. Hunter has been showing some elusiveness running wide. Something we haven’t done since Roger Craig was here.

  33. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If a WR plays in a Robaugh offense does he make a sound? While other teams use quick elusive slot receivers, Robaugh uses 270lb slot receivers without much speed but make up for it by dropping one or two passes per game.

  34. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And away we go. Six teams are going home losers today, inched out at the finish line.

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Sometimes a person’s ignorance is uncanny.
    Patton had a fractured finger in training camp and that set him back. He fractured his foot during the 4th week of the season.
    Patton hasn’t been able to practice until a couple of weeks ago.
    I’ll stop here because I promised not to feed the troll.

  36. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Today I am a Mike Nolan fan. Go Falcons!

  37. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    During last year’s Senior Bowl came this report

    “By far the best wide receiver of the group on either the North or South squads, Quinton Patton made himself a lot of money this week.

    I am not a huge believer that All-Star Games have that much overall effect on a player’s draft position. That being said, Patton proved he belonged with the best in the country, and he put himself in a position to be considered one of the best.

    A physically well-built prospect, Patton put on a display of speed which was hard not to be mesmerized by. He consistently made cornerbacks who will be playing in the NFL next season look out of sorts. More than once, Patton completely turned around a player trying to cover him in space.

    Patton has the uncanny ability to get in and out of his breaks without having to slow down. His explosiveness and quickness are quite evident in his route running.

    Patton will allow the football to get to his chest on slant routes, but he showed good hands to pluck the football on comeback and out routes. He made the quarterbacks in Mobile look good.”

  38. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I am a Quinton Patton fan and think he can be a very good WR in the NFL. Unfortunately for him, to be given a legitimate chance in the Robaugh offense you have to already proven or be a TE.

  39. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Just saw a stat that the Falcons have the worst defense in the league on 3rd downs. Hmmmm. Who’s the DC there?

  40. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers- I’ve always noticed that with Nolan. I believe the reason is he does not do a good job of generating a difference making pass rush. He does a great job scheming on the back end but the QBs he goes against just get too much time to pick it apart.

  41. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yer the one that’s 5’4″ 295, Bullit.

    Again, there have been literally hundreds of college players that didn’t make it in the pros. What part of that don’t you understand?

    Plus all I said is he hasn’t shown much. Keenan Allen came to camp hurt and worked his way to being an integral part of SD’s offense.

  42. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Patton’s been out most of the year, Chuck. Comparing him to Allen is pretty pointless. Saying his Senior Bowl work didn’t guarantee him success in the NFL is kind of a duh remark, too.

  43. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like Miami will be the first team to cough away a playoff spot.

  44. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Now Baltimore is gagging away their postseason. San Diego is in a win-and-in situation at home against the KC second-stringers.

  45. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Not going to feed the troll.

  46. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Looks who’s in at QB for the NY football Giants — Curtis “Peter Paul Mary Joseph and the Baby Jesus” Painter. I honestly didn’t know he was still in the league. I need to brush up on my NYG third-string QBs.

  47. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    $100 million plus contact extensions for Flacco, Romo, Ryan this offseason and none of them will play in the postseason.

  48. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Carolina sacks Ryan 9 times and wins by 1 point.

  49. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Quinton Patton with 26-yard end around run on 1st career carry.

  50. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    A.J. Jenkins is the leading receiver at the half with 62 yds.
    All he needed was a change at QB. Alex Smith was holding ’em back.

  51. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    We just have no pass rush any more. Zip.

  52. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. Quinton Patton. Two really tough, big time catches today. I think we have a viable 3rd WR at last.

  53. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    I still say we’d been better off losing. Now a date with Rodgers in GB rather then Kyle Orton or a QB and HC making their playoff debuts in Philly. Better hope Aaron re-breaks his collarbone falling out of his computer chair like some other mook is wont to do.

  54. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    It probably doesn’t matter. With our zero pass rush, I doubt we go far this year anyway.

  55. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    If our offense didn’t take half the game off every week, maybe we could out score people.

  56. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    What is it with our play calling? His play calling is much improved but Roman has no natural rhythm.

  57. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Hopefully today’s game has shown our coaching staff that Patton is worthy of more playing time. Anybody could see his talent by just watching him in last year’s all-star week.

  58. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Kap had no hesitation throwing to him, unlike all the other hamburgers we’ve trotted out there.

  59. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Frank Gore did not get his 10,000 yards today. He should be a shoe in for it next year. He needs 34 more yards.

  60. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “49ers allowed 755 yards passing in final two games, and Carlos Rogers’ status is unclear for game vs. Packers.”

    Shades of last year’s end of season defensive collapse.

  61. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not comparing them Skeebs. I wanted the Niners to draft Allen. And I said it before the draft. Get it? Also, I’m not the one posting Patton’s senior bowl workouts or whatever the f*** Bullit posted. I liked Allen even though he was dinged up in the combine and didn’t wow at his Cal workout.

  62. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I’m much more worried about the lack of defensive pressure, which is allowing all these yard in in the air. The few all out blitzes have been productive. Palmer looked way too good. Rodgers will hit those passes that Palmer missed today.

  63. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    The jumbo formation has to go. 3rd and short is the bane of this team. Gore loses 2. Dixon gets nothing. on it goes.

  64. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Browns have fired Rob Chudzinski. Jeez, couldn’t even wait till the morning.

  65. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Nick Foles: 27 TDs and just 2 picks this yr. Video game stats.

  66. Del Mar Dennis (@DelMarDennis)No Gravatar says:

    Our game is Sunday, 1:40 PST.

  67. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Black Monday comes early in Cleveland. Who’s next? Jason Garrett?

    Jim Schwartz? Dennis Allen?

  68. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    “Chud” didn’t even make it a calendar year. He was hired on January 10 of this year. Chud got Quick Draw McGrawed.

  69. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I say Garrett is the next to go.

  70. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I hear Schwartz is getting the dreaded seal of approval. I can’t see how they keep him with all the talent that team has and their constant failures. Then again, Dallass has been on that boat for years.

  71. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Was that Kyle Romo or Tony Orton throwing that game ending pick?

  72. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Here is the weather report for next Sunday in Green Bay. This is from MSN Weather:

    Snow. High 18F and low -13F. Winds N at 8 mph. Air Quality:NA, UV Index:NA

  73. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Got to win the next game on the Schedule Boys.
    Nothing matters but the prize.

    I want them to hoist Lombardi #6 in my back yard.
    Might as well start the trip in Lombardi’s front yard.

  74. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I’m interested to see the WR Jeff Janis from Saginaw Valley St.

    Big kid, good numbers, small school program.
    I’ve seen 40 times for him listed in the 4.3s

    Jerry Rice’s cousin Jordan Matthews will also be there.
    Not known for his speed though.
    Could hurt him, unless he’s like Jerry, plays faster than he times.

    QB Logan Thomas from VA Tech is also attending.
    I think he’d be a great project Pick to put behind Kaep.
    See how that all plays out next Spring.

  75. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    CB Kyle Fuller from VA Tech is another guy I have penciled in for further review.

    I’m pretty much wide open for WRs and DBs this year.

    Combines will have a much deeper field.

    Couple of S I’m interested in at this point.
    Antone Exum – VA Tech
    Hakeem Smith – Louisville

    Plenty more to research.

  76. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Another small school CB I’m looking at is Pierre Desir from Lindenwood.
    Tall DB with good numbers.
    He’s listed on their ‘Watch List’.

  77. 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: L 15-18
Oct. 8: at Indianapolis: L 23-26
Oct. 15: at Washington: L 24-26
Oct. 22: vs. Dallas: L 10-40
Oct. 29: at Philadelphia: L 10-33
Nov. 5: vs. Arizona: L 10-20
Nov. 12: vs. N.Y. Giants: W 31-21
Week 11 — Bye
Nov. 26: vs. Seattle: L 13-24
Dec. 3: at Chicago: W 15-14
Dec. 10: at Houston: W 26-16
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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