This is the earliest BYE week the 49ers have ever had. Kind of early for a nap, IMHO. I normally push myself through a pot of coffee and five hours before taking my first nap of the day.
The team is at 3-0 and they should be. They’ve played three stiffs. When the season began, the Steelers looked like a tough draw, but by the time they arrived in the Bay Area, they were well on their way to a losing season.
The next part of the schedule is mostly cushy, also. Aside from a road game against the Rams, the other four teams on the October slate are all beatable – Browns, Washington, Carolina, and the Cardinals. If the team isn’t a fleeting illusion, they should be 7-1 or 6-2 by the time November arrives. And they’d better be, since the schedule gets tougher the last two months.
As usual, even only three games into the year, key injuries are once again impacting the Niners’ prospects. It seems like the good teams get injuries and a guy is out a week or two. With the 49ers, it’s always a month or more.
As expected, the secondary is the weak link on the team. They haven’t faced any top tier QBs yet, but the last two months they’ll see a steady diet of them. Ahkello Witherspoon is out for a month and FS Tarvarius Moore isn’t ready for prime time yet. Jimmie Ward should be back after the BYE, but counting on him to get through the season without another injury is wishful thinking.
Still, after the past four years of embarrassing and painful ineptitude, 3-0 feels pretty refreshing. I guess we can enjoy it for at least another week.