The evil New England Patriots come to town this Sunday, looking to beat up on the local boys. Chances are better than good they’ll do exactly that.
The defense finally stopped getting traumatized by opposing teams’ rushing attacks last Sunday. Which is nice, but probably won’t be of much help against the Patriots, who like to whip teams primarily though the passing game. Could be a long day for the defensive backs. Especially the one tasked with covering Rob Gronkowski.
The 49er O-line guys were supposed to be a group that would be good at run blocking, but weaker at pass protection. Through nine games, however, they have given up only 21 sacks (16th in the league), but the rushing game is more likely to be led each week by the QB and not the RBs. Carlos Hyde seems to be getting worse each year, not better.
It’s hard to figure out what the game plan is for the team. They’ve lost eight in a row, will probably tie a franchise record Sunday by losing their ninth in a row, and yet we’ve heard nothing much from the GM Trent Baalke, nothing at all from the owner Jed York, and each week the HC and DC get brutalized in the press while stoically talking about assignments and execution. Is there anyone in the building who’s accountable for anything?
The stadium has been half-empty going on two years now, but might be more than half filled for this game. Not to see the Niners, though. Many will come to see the Patriots and some will come to see former owner Eddie Debartolo, who will be honored at half time for his recent induction into the Hall of Fame.
If Jed York is part of the ceremony, you can bet he’s going to get booed. Can the little dipwad take it? As Bogie would say, “You’ll take it and you’ll like it.”
Right. About as much as Peter Lorre did.