The Chicago Bears come to town this weekend, fresh from clinching the NFC North division. They would be more tempted to mail this game in if not for the falling fortunes of the Rams which have suddenly made the last playoff BYE slot possibly available for them to seize.
If the Rams lose at Arizona or at home against the 49ers and the Bears win their final two games, it would shove the Rams into the Wild Card round and Chicago would have a week off before a home game in the Divisional round.
Is that enough incentive to bring out the ferocity in the Bears? Who knows. Maybe DC Vic Fangio can get his boys fired up just to stick it to Jed York, the clown who picked Jim Tomsula as HC in 2015 instead of the far more qualified Fangio. But Fangio was not an ass licker like Tomsula. And ass licking was at the very top of York’s list of HC necessities.
The Bears have a top five defense and a top ten offense. The 49ers have a low twenties offense and defense. Game over, one might think, but the Niners are currently riding the Nick Mullens Magical Mystery Bus and they might not conform to statistical expectations.
Strangely enough, the 49ers have fared better with the guys who they didn’t think were good enough to start than they did with the guys they did think should start. The defense, in particular, as improved dramatically since the injuries to starters Adrian Colbert, Jacquiski Tartt, Jimmie Ward, and K’waun Williams. And kicking Reuben Foster to the curb. The rash of injuries this year hasn’t hurt the team, it’s made the team better.
This backassward approach to success holds true to some extent with the 49er draft picks. The team has gotten better results from their third day picks than they have from their day one and day two picks. I’m not sure if this is a trademarkable technique, but will research the matter.