And Away We Go

The defending NFC Champion San Francisco 49ers kick off their 2020 season next Sunday afternoon at home against the division rival Arizona Cardinals. These pesky assholes gave the Niners a scare in both games last season, but clutch fourth quarter play from Jimmy Garoppolo beat them both times.

The 49er offense had no trouble scoring in these games, ringing up 28 points in the first game and 36 in the second. Unfortunately, the vaunted Niner defense was riddled pretty good by the Cardinals in both games, too.

The Cardinals’ offense could be even more dangerous this year with the addition of big time WR DeAndre Hopkins to pair with the venerable  all-timer Larry Fitzgerald. I was not able to discern, after a rigorous fifteen second investigation, whether their defense had made any significant improvements, so I’ll put them down in the nothing-to-brag-about category again this year.

For the 49ers, the defense seems reasonably healthy and should be able to put enough heat on Kyler Murray to make his day miserable, unless he gets loose on a rollout where he is as dangerous as Russell Wilson in Seattle and that fellow in the SB. These jitterbug QBs gave the Niners lots of trouble last year. Hopefully, they’ve figured out how to do a better job this year.

Fred Warner might be missing this week, which would hurt both against the pass and the run. Arizona was very successful running the ball last year, but I think it will be harder for them this year with Javon Kinlaw and DJ Jones plugging up the middle of the LOS.

On offense, we don’t know who the starting WRs are going to be, but Trent Taylor and Jerick McKinnon are back from IR and both will be tough to contain. As will Jordan Reed at TE, opposite the irrepressible George Kittle. This should be a win for the Niners and if it isn’t, the sky will surely fall. But at least we’ll be agonizing about a football game and, for a short time at least, not the grim affairs of planet America.

As usual, the final week before the season starts means it’s time for everyone to make their prognostications for the 49ers’ record this year. Entries are open until midnight Saturday.

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30 comments on “And Away We Go
  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I stretch it to 12-4 and another Super Bowl victory for this season. GO NINERS!!!

  2. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Excellent team, but two very good teams in our division we have to play twice each. I’ll also say 12-4. But we have to keep Garoppolo healthy. So a lot depends on the line holding up, and Weston coming back for the second half.

  3. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Interesting: “The four practice squad players the 49ers are protecting this week are:”

    C Hroniss Grasu
    CB Dontae Johnson
    DE Dion Jordan
    WR Kevin White

  4. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs I’m leaning 11-5 also.

  5. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    And if 2020 couldn’t get any more ridiculous …
    We had an eff’n earthquake tonight, thought a truck hit the house.

  6. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Some contracts in the NFC West
    Deandre Hopkins signs a two year extension that the Cards will pay him $24 mil a year

    Jalen Ramsey signs a 5 year deal that will pay him $21 mil a year. Rams will need to cut more talent because they carry bloated contracts.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Good news: “Fred Warner has been activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list, making him eligible to play in 49ers opener against Cardinals.”

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Not good news: “Brandon Aiyuk and Deebo Samuel are not likely to practice today. As well as Ben Garland and Jason Verrett.”

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:


  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Hey, Winder. Are you having to evacuate?

  11. winderNo Gravatar says:

    No, the fires are still a ways away they are bringing in the evacuees to our fairgrounds though. It has been smokey as hell the last 4/5 days. Thanks for asking.

  12. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I just read where our game might be canceled due to smoke. This year has just been unF—ingbelievable.

  13. winderNo Gravatar says:

    The deteriorating air quality in Santa Clara, California could force the 49ers to postpone Sunday’s game against the Cardinals.
    California’s climate apocalypse has wreaked havoc on the air quality around Levi Stadium, prompting the Niners to communicate with the NFL about contingency plans for Sunday’s season opener. The air quality index threshold for the league to cancel practices or postpone games is 200. On Friday, the index stood at 194. “If it gets to 200, that would be a huge deal,” 49ers coach Kyle Shanahan said Friday. “I know when it’s above 150 that does affect a certain group of people that happen to be higher risk, pre-existing conditions, if it got above 150 you could lose a few players, but 200 is the mark where you can’t go out there.” Fantasy players should be prepared to find replacements for their Cardinals and 49ers if the game is postponed.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Today is a bad day but things should start improving tomorrow and if this report is to be believed there will be a sea breeze that clears it all out on Sunday. The chart says Santa Clara Moderate for Sunday.

    Even if they had to move a game it’s just the two teams and the support people. Without fans makes it easier but it shouldn’t get to this stage.

  15. winderNo Gravatar says:

    bullit= I sure that’s the case. I was thinking maybe Reno or someplace the winds aren’t blowing the smoke to.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    NFL will have to make the call today. Any delays or movement of the game to Ariz will really screw up the Niners as they have to travel cross country next week to play the New York teams.

    Hoping the wind kicks in and clears out the smoke not just for football but for everyone’s lungs and health.

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco: “Air quality is still a concern in the Bay Area, but I’m hearing the plan — as of now — still calls for 49ers and AZCardinals to kick off at 1:25PM on Sunday at Levi’s Stadium, as scheduled.”

  18. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Deebo Samuel and Jason Verrett have been ruled out for this game.
    Tevon Coleman might not even be at the game because he has an underlying condition that would be compromised by the less than ideal air unless it changes dramatically.

    If it means anything the sun is out on a hazy day now.

  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The 49ers place Deebo Samuel on IR. He’s out for at least three games. Hroniss Grasu and Dontae Johnson promoted to active roster.”

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Latest reading at Levis is 171. Game will go on if under 200 at kickoff

    Yesterday’s readings per Barrows

    11 am – 186
    12 pm – 187
    1 pm – 184
    2 pm – 181
    3 pm – 180
    4 pm – 176
    5 pm – 176
    6 pm – 174

    Not a dramatic improvement over yesterday but that number has trended down and it looks like the game is on in about 6 hours. If the wind shifts than who knows if a cloud of new smoke blows in?

  21. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    49ers inactives:

    QB C.J. Beathard
    WR Brandon Aiyuk
    OL Ben Garland
    CB Jason Verrett
    LB Demetrius Flannigan-Fowles
    DL Kentavius Street

  22. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Seriously hurting today. At WR, C, CB. The Cardinals have an opportunity to steal a road win.

  23. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Well that sucked.

  24. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Garoppolo was late with too many passes today. Maybe just rust and effect of no pre-season games. We’d better hope so.

  25. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Agree Winder, Jimmy did not look sharp at all, several sloppy decisions as well.
    Nor did the pass D for that matter.
    Not a good start for a SB contender.

  26. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One of those games. 3 things happened in first half that made winning tough.

    1) The blocked punt switched momentum and gave Cards life
    2) Not scoring on 4th and goal with inches
    3) When Kittle was hurt he was never the same in second half although he played. Kittle was shut out and Niners needed him to be a factor.

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    One thing thing the Cards did was share water bottles which is a sure way to spread the virus

  28. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

2021 Schedules
09/12: W 49ers 41, Lions 33
09/19: W 49ers 17, Eagles 11
09/26: L Packers 30, 49ers 28
10/03: L Seahawks 28, 49ers 21
10/10: L Cardinals 17, 49ers 10
10/17 BYE
10/24: L Colts 30, 49ers 18
10/31: W 49ers 33, Bears 22
11/07: L Cardinals 31, 49ers 17
11/15: W 49ers 31, Rams 10L
11/21: W 49ers 30, Jaguars 10
11/28: W 49ers 34, Vikings 26
12/05: L Seahawks 30, 49ers 23 12/12 · 10:00 AMCIN
12/19 · 1:05 PM v ATL
12/23 · 5:20 PM v TEN
01/02 · 1:05 PM v HOU
01/09 · 1:25 PM @ LAR

2021 Draft Class
1. QB Trey Lance, North Dakota State
2. OG Aaron Banks, Notre Dame
3. RB Trey Sermon, Ohio State
3. CB Ambry Thomas, Michigan
5. OG/OT Jaylon Moore, Western Michigan
5. CB Deommodore Lenoir, Oregon
5. S Talanoa Hufanga, USC
6. RB Elijah Mitchell, Louisiana
2021 Prognostications
Bullit: 12-5
Grumpy: 13-4
NJ49er: 11-6
Skeebers: 14-3
Winder: 12-5
Rob: 17-0
Spitblood: 0-17