The Rams and 49ers have not been relevant in the same season since about 2002. But they’ve certainly both been irrelevant in quite a few of those years. We’ve got to get these two synced up if there’s ever going to be a fierce rivalry again.
The standings would indicate this year is one of those unsynced years, but the Niners might just give the southern boys a game of it anyway. Or quite possibly not.
Since sharing the bottom of the NFC West two years ago, the Rams have zoomed upwards and ousted the Seahawks as the top dog in the West, while the 49ers have remained rooted in the cellar with the Cardinals joining them as their new roommates.
The Rams are the only unbeaten team in league at the moment. The favorite to represent the NFC in the Super Bowl. After last Monday’s weak showing by the Green Bay defense and the stumbling around efforts of the Vikings, the Saints look like the only team the Rams have to fear come playoff time.
We’re at the point in the season when a lot of teams start packing it in until next year, or are a loss or two away from that dubious resignation. The Niners reached that point in the third game when Jimmy Garoppolo tore his ACL. A win against the Rams on Sunday would be have to suffice as their season’s greatest delight.
However, after this game, there are four straight winnable games on the schedule. The save-face stretch of the season. The team could go from 1-6 to 5-6 before facing their nemesis – the Seahawks.
So there is still some drama left for the team and us. Maybe. Perhaps. At this moment, at least. Just a massive butt whipping followed by a surprising four game winning streak away from How ‘Bout Them Niners.