The NFL schedule makers have given the 49ers a wonderful way to start the 2014 season. A short trip to Texas for a humiliating butt kicking of the Dallas Cowboys. SF has gone to three straight NFC Title games and Dallas has rung up three straight 8-8 seasons.
Cowboy QB Tony Romo has had a bad back the past offseason, so he’s already got a built in excuse for failing again in 2014. Who says this guy isn’t progressing as an overpaid choke artist.
But the Cowboys biggest problem appears to be their defense, which was ghastly last year and has managed to disintegrate even more during the summer.
This would be a good game for 49er QB Colin Kaepernick to play a lot of catch with his vaunted new batch of wide receivers. Of course, to fully utilize three or four wide receivers, Kap first has to get over his penchant for making one read then turning into a running back.
Like the Cowboys, the 49ers’ biggest question mark is their defense. The coaches may know how it will perform, but none of us do. There are only five starters left from last year’s opening lineup: Ray McDonald, Justin Smith, Ahmad Brooks, Patrick Willis, and Eric Reid. And while Romo and Gag are synonymous during December, old golfer boy can light things up early in the season. Our new look secondary should get a stiff workout.
The season kicked off Thursday night with Seattle stomping the Packers. Getting stomped on opening day is becoming a bit of a Packer trademark. Last year, the Niners wiped them out at Candlestick. Green Bay hasn’t looked dangerous and mean since they roared through the 2011 season and then stubbed out against the Giants in the playoffs. Yet people still swoon over Aaron Rodgers and pick them to win the SB. They’ll be lucky to win the NFC North.
Nobody seems to have a bead on the Niners’ prospects this year. Half the pundits pick them to win the SB and the other half don’t think they’ll even make the playoffs. Those imaginary and somewhat dubious halves are not represented on this blog, though, where optimism abounds. If you haven’t made your pick for the Niner record this year, this is the final day to cast your ballot.