Back to Business

The Rams come to Candlestick on Sunday with a chance to tie up their all time series with the 49ers, who currently lead 62-61-2. The chances the Rams will do so? Squat.

I probably shouldn’t be so cavalier about their chances Sunday. Anything can happen in a football game. They have some decent players and QB Sam Bradford might get his favorite WR Danny Amendola back this week. But the 49ers have better focus, more hope, better players, and just aren’t about to lose this game.

A win Sunday will give the Niners a clean 3 in row sweep of their division rivals. With Seattle poised to run the table at home this year, only the Niners seem capable of derailing that dream in the next to last game of the season. The Seahawks suck on the road and could easily lose their remaing away contests to finish 1-7 as the visitor. 8-0 at home would give them 9 wins and a possible playoff spot. A loss at home to the Niners would freeze them out.

But I get ahead of myself. One slaughter at a time.

With hurricane Sandy, the Bye Week, the Election, and the World Series, it’s been difficult to remember we’re even having a football season in the Bay Area. The Raiders played last week, but that can’t really be classified as football. An embarrassment is more like it. Any momentum we got from the impressive win over AZ was dissipated within a few days.

But that game may have shown us the blueprint for the rest of the season. Teams have focused on stopping the run and taking Vernon Davis’ big play ability away. Nobody can stop the 49er running game right now, except by getting a two score lead — something our defense hardly ever allows. But Davis has indeed been quieted.

Beginning with the second half of the Seattle game and continuing through all of the AZ game, however, the team has begun to resemble the old Bill Walsh Niners — whisking down field with short passes and lots of yards after the catch. Michael Crabtree has become a force, Mario Manningham routinely slips free, and Delanie Walker is getting the passes that might normally have gone to Davis. Sooner or later, teams will have to relax their Davis obsession to cope and the big old lug will be a force once more.

In short, the 49ers have too many weapons now for another team to cope with. Pick your poison. This is the scenario most of us hoped for when the team upgraded its WR group last offseason, and we are starting to see the results.

Or we were before the season went on hold for two weeks. Hopefully, the team hasn’t lost focus like the rest of us have. Maybe they’ll sputter a bit in the first half against the Rams, but it will be a brutal beat down after that.

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  1. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    JJ Watt of the Texans has earned the nickname JJ SWATt because he has tipped 10 passes already at the line of scrimmage
    resulting in 3 picks.
    His technique is if double teamed he just follows the QBs eyes and jumps when the QB is delivering the ball trying to get a piece of it. This makes SWATt a devastating force and NFL Defensive MVP favorite as he also leads the NFL in sacks with 11.5 so he has blown up 22 passing plays.
    J Smith or Ray McDonald might consider this strategy because it has proven to be quite succesful.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t look now but the Colts are 6-3 with rookie QB Luck and an interim coach.
    What if Peyton had stayed?

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I wouldn’t take the Rams lightly. They play a good game and then a bad game. New coach, new system, young players and that is what happens. I don’t know which Rams team will show up but I’ll go 41-0 49ers. I’m counting on the 49ers being ready to play.

  4. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    What would the score be if you DID take the Rams lightly?

  5. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs – 27-10, 49ers?
    I’ll go out on a limb here and say the Colts would be no better than 7-2 with Peyton. And more likely, still 6-3. Luck is having a monstrously good year for a rookie. He has been pretty consistent from game to game, and is in the top five for ESPN’s total QBR. Manning could only be incrementally better, and does nothing to address the other weaknesses on their roster.

  6. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    We didn’t allow Seattle or AZ to score a TD. It wouldn’t be fair to give one up to the Rams.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebers- I don’t know what the score will be but after saying I wouldn’t take the Rams lightly, 41-0 was a good balance! I was hoping somebody would notice and like it! The funny thing is, I am still saying I wouldn’t take the Rams lightly and I am sticking with 41-0 thinking the 49ers will not take them lightly. Now if that isn’t a tornado of bullshit, what is?

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Just a little desert whirlwind.

  9. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, that is the score if we take them *lightly*. If we play our usual game, I expect more like 31-3.

  10. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners are very impressive when running play action.
    81% completion and almost 13 yds
    per pass. Impressive numbers

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners have 9 players listed on the injury report.
    Coming off a bye and 11 days since they last played. What gives???

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Two teams that were fined for not reporting all injuries. Harbaugh has obviously adopted the Belichick method of over-reporting to hide what’s real from what is nonsense.

  13. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    It’s called a dust devil, Skeebs. You’re welcome.
    The Rams don’t seem to be doing anything particularly well. Getting Amendola back means they’ll take some shots downfield. So, Goldson needs to be ready for that. they do have some players, but Steven jackson is really just playing out the string it seems. He wants out after years of being the only bright light on the team.

  14. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    That’s one name for a desert whirlwind, Chuck. There are others.

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Oh, I forgot. You’re welcome.

  16. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    No, you’re not . . .

  17. barleyfreakNo Gravatar says:

    “…and Delanie Walker is getting the passes that might normally have gone to Davis.”
    And mostly catching them — an important distinction and departure from Walker’s brick-hand past.
    25-7, Niners.

  18. robNo Gravatar says:

    49ers 27 LAMBS 20

  19. robNo Gravatar says:

    if we beat the lambs we’ll be 7-2 !
    imo we have a great chance here ! coming off the bye and being at home give us a big edge this week !
    so if we go to 7-2 and just 3-4 to end the year , we guarantee ourselves a 10-6 record ! anything better , and the sky’s the limit !

  20. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    If not for Delanie, Smith would have been 19-19. Still not enough for whatever the hell record that was, but oh well.
    31-10 Niners.

  21. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Here’s one for a hanging posse! Vic Fangio, who coached Ed Reed for years, is comparing Dashon Goldson favorably to Ed. That should go over well here!

  22. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    A coach singing the prasies of one of his players.
    Such controversy.

  23. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    3-4?!? Really, ROB?? How pessimistic of you!!

  24. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Vic’s quote:
    “Ed Reed’s a little different guy, the way he’s always played safety,” Fangio said. “Ed’s got tremendous instincts and a great feel for the ball, tremendous ball skills. And Ed’s one of the best safeties in this era the last 10, 15 years, for sure. But Dashon, I think, is right up there with him.”

  25. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    That was not the run of the mill praising by the coach. That was as high a praise as there is.

  26. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Maiocco says if he doesn’t sign a deal with the 9ers, they can franchise him again next year for only 7.5 mil.

  27. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Is he the best safety in football this year? I’d like to know who is playing better. I don’t watch them all so I can’t really say, but Dashon is playing as well as the position can be played as far as I’ve been seeing.

  28. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    Goldson has raised his game 2 consecutive years, he is playing at a very high level.

  29. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I love gameday when we play the Rams. Like always I hope we stomp the crap-out-of-em. They are one team that I hope we never show mercy too. Bradford should be spending some time on his back and the more the better I say.
    Seattle is still a concern but if we take them at their house this year then all one can say is that Carroll is nothing but Harbaugh’s stitch.

  30. FranchiseNo Gravatar says:

    Personally I’ve had no animosity towards the Rams since Chris Everett was quebee. I’m dating myself. Feels like we’ll be playing against the San Diego State Aztecs on Sunday.


    Agreed that our new enemy is Carroll, and his chewing gum.


    btw – I haven’t decided who works a better stick of gum on the sidelines – Carroll or Fox?



  31. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Ditka was the champion gum chewer!

  32. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I still hate the Rams more than any other team, always will. The only difference the move from LA made was now the Dodgers are the team I hate the most instead of the Rams. Rams move to #2.

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Obsessive gum chewers should definitely be punished. Bobby Valentine is another one, but he gets fired after one year all the time, so it’s hard to get sick of him.

  34. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Valentine couldn’t chew gum in Japan. He’s got a lot of catching up to do.

  35. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Ditka also holds the record for throwing distance.

  36. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Wonder how much Goodell would fine Ditka for that infamous heave into the stands?

  37. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    He did get sued for that gum toss.

  38. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Berger- I feel the same way. I guess after years of despising a certain team it’s hard to quit. But, we still get reminders now and again(the Warner years)that continue to solidify the truth.
    Franchise – Carroll makes it too easy he always seems to act like a jerk to me. Being a lifelong Stanford fan I just carried it over and so far it’s been great.
    I’m real curious to see what the Rams have in store for us. I think they will make a game of it. 24-17 Niners

  39. 12th manNo Gravatar says:

    On the hate-o-meter is Cowboys by a nose then Rams.

  40. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    The Bears are going to be really tough next week. Then off to Nawleans, who I still think is a good team, especially in the Superdome.
    Who are we playing this week at home? Ahut, ahem.
    Think I’ll get to Taylor Swift and Neil Young.

  41. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Texas opened the game in the wishbone to honor Darrel K Royal
    with interesting results.
    It was Wishbone 2012.

  42. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Marquis Lee had about 180 yards receiving today. Kenjon Barner goes at 7:30 on ESPN. It is probably between Lee, Klein and Barner for the Heisman. Some are including Teo.

  43. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I forgot Manziel of Texas A&M. Some are including him. I think if Barner has a good showing down the stretch it is his.

  44. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    I’m a big fan of weather in predicting football results in January. It comes from living east of the Rockies now.
    I watched stuff fly by at 60 mph this morning. Snow coming, soon and hard. 3 days ago it was 80, sunny and clear.
    The Niners HAVE to keep home field for the playoffs. The NE game in December will be interesting. Will it be sunny, or under two feet of snow?

  45. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- Try this one. NJ turned me onto this one.

  46. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bergs’s’s’s theme somg:

  47. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Poor Eddie;s got nothing to do . . .

  48. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Damn. Chuck just beat me out on being post #49. My horse gets beat by a nose — again. Save me, please…

  49. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Yaah, Chuck, real sad stuff. Neil was writing about Jimi and Janis. And Jim Morrison when his girl in Paris gave him the needle when he was asleep.
    Heroin is no joke. He’re David Crosby on pot. I think he’s still alive.;_ylt=A0oGdWDMH59Q10QAXeJXNyoA?p=youtube%20crosby%20stills%20nash%20suite&fr2=sb-top&fr=yfp-t-521

  50. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah RTF, Bruce Barry as well . . . Tonight’s the Night is pretty intense too. Used to go to the Peanut farm way back in the day, and bumped, well, stumbled into Neil Young.
    Me gusta reggae. Me gusta punk rock.

  51. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, I love music. One of the best songs I ever heard was about a Salvation Army Children’s home in Liverpool.
    The man who wrote it was on those little blue or white tablets which I have been offered but never accepted.
    There is just far more to life than meets the eye.
    The chords change, the keys change, there’s resonace, dissonance, and it has meaning behind it.

  52. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:


  53. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    Good night gentleman, and Happy Veterans Day.

  54. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Game Day (at last)!

  55. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Niners prevail 34-13

  56. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Happy Veterans Day. Thanks to all the men and women for their service past and present. Your time and effort is truly appreciated. A special nod to our own NoFear for his tour of duty. Thank you, sir.
    3-2 St. Louis. Barry Zito gives up a homer to Carlos Beltran and my streak of picking against San Francisco continues. The fact that I have the wrong sport is immaterial…

  57. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Gnats lose very badly and fall to 6-4. Eli sucked again with 2 picks and after a bye the Gnats play the Packers, the Aints, the Ravens and the Falcons.
    Since ATL lost home firld advantage is up for grabs.
    We need to take care of our own business and kick some Ram ass.

  58. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I want to rescind my prediction of 41-0!

  59. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Kappy looked good but the coaches played for a FG. Schottenheimer used to play for game winning FGs in the playoffs and then lose from the missed FGs. When I saw us play for a FG I knew the football gods would not be kind. This was a Schottenheimer type of loss.
    Was Jimmy Raye calling plays at the end? We called a play action fake from under center on 3rd and 7 when everybody knew we were going to pass. Of course Kappy got sacked.

  60. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NASCAR had a great fight in the garage! The #24 took out the #5 on the track and a brawl between the two teams ensued in the garage! Great stuff!

  61. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Very lucky this wasn’t a loss cuz the Rams beat the Niners twice and had both nullified by penalty.
    Cutler is out with a concussion also and has been KOd from tonight’s game.
    Might be 2 backups playing next Monday Night at QB.

  62. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Will Alex ever learn to slide? At least hit with the front instead of turning the back. Dumb.

  63. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bulit- I have confidence in Kappy. He’ll need some experience but he looks close to ready, and ready enough if he is forced to play.

  64. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of Alex sliding, I wonder if Alex didn’t get hurt on the QB sneak, or a combo of both plays. I would not use the QB sneak play in the NFL if I were a coach.

  65. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Nothing like playing 5 qtrs of football for nothing.
    Minus the 1:12 in evaporating seconds it takes an Officiating Crew to figure out where to mark the ball.
    Is it better than a loss?
    I guess so.
    Not gonna earn a BYE allowing big chunks like we did today however.

  66. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    The 49ers are saying it was the sneak. Personally, I think it was the cumulative effect of both plays.
    The QB sneak can be an effective play. I would not take it out of the playbook. But anytime your QB is running, he is at risk, and you have got to factor that into the equation. Use it when you need it.
    Kappy did as well as you can expect, for a guy who really has not played except for gadgets. He has talent, and a feel for the passing game. He is also green as grass and his ability to process is limited, as we saw when he failed to see Kyle Williams uncovered. With time, he should be a good QB. But if we have to play him more than a couple of games this year, a Super Bowl becomes very unlikely.

  67. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I just read from Maiocco it was the QB sneak that gave Alex the concussion. I still think it could’ve been a combo of both hits.

  68. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I just can’t get over the penetration the interior of our OL was allowing early in the game.
    Like they knew what was coming.
    Did like the attempt at a couple of screen plays today however.
    Something we’ll need more of when inclement weather becomes a bigger factor.
    Gore nearly broke a few big ones today.
    Close, but not close enough.

  69. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Was it me or, did Crabtree seem extremely elated to have Kaep under Center?
    Not that I’m drumming up any Coven related controversies.
    Happened to notice Crabtree slapping happy with Kaep on a couple of occassions.
    Kaep does hit targets when he needs to.

  70. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Crabtree was having a heck of a game before Smith left. Alex was 7-8 with a TD and 3 or 4 passes to Crabs. If Crabs was happy about that he is a fool. Yes, that was a coven comment!

  71. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I just noticed Crabtree pumping Kaep up Berger.
    No malice intended.
    Normally Crabtree isn’t so demonstrative is all.
    Alex was doing fine before he exited, no argument there.
    Just don’t recall seeing Crabtree get so pumped when the backup QB came in until today.

  72. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    We just didn’t have that needed fire early like the Rams did.
    Gotta take it to the Bears next week.
    I hate the TIE but, it beats a loss for now.
    Need to get after Cutler and disrupt his timing.
    We allowed too many big plays today.
    Cutler and Marshall are pretty lethal if you give them time to execute.

  73. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    With Cutler and Smith both concussed we might see Cambell vs Kappy next week.

  74. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    If you are talking about the play I think you are talking about with Crabtree, I saw it as he was trying to encourage Kappy, and/or tell him he was open, or something like that.

  75. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Either way Berger, we wasted a Sunday effort on a TIE.
    Kaep brings some excitement but, he’s not gonna pick apart a Defense.
    He’ll rely on his legs ala Scam Newton does.
    Might work in a pinch, not a long term solution at this point.
    Need to get our heads out of our butts and get better prepared for Da Bears.
    Why wasn’t Kaep throwing late in regulation?
    No trust? Too conservative upstairs in the booth?
    Totally winnable game, we blew it.

  76. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    And…I’m getting tired of watching Ginn avoid contact.
    Flops or runs OoB too much.
    Read that LMJ is being put thru the paces as a PR.
    Makes perfect sense.
    Hope he’s an option later this Season.
    Ginn has been damn close to invisible so far.

  77. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    I’m sick and goddamn tired of concussion this and concussion that. I could give a rat’s ass about player safety. If Joe Blow dies out on the field, tough shit. Put ’em in a body bag and bring the next victim, I mean, player out on the field. Play ball.

  78. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Putting LMJ in as a PR is ludicrous based on the preseason.
    He was having problems catching punts. You need to secure the punt first no matter how fast or shifty you are. LMJ was a muff waiting to happen which leads to my opinion he’s a long way from being NFL caliber as a PR.
    LMJ would be my fifth choice after Ginn, KW, Culliver and Cox.

  79. Del Mar DennisNo Gravatar says:

    Dashon Goldson has never heard of a tie in football. That is just beyond my scope of comprehension. We as a country cannot and should not tolerate moronic behavior. It needs to stop. Goldson should be prohibited from procreating. I’m not joking. Enough with the stupid people.

  80. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    No idea how far along he is Bullit.
    He’s apparently being groomed for the position according to Maiocco.
    He may or, may not, make it on the field this Season.
    I’m just getting frustrated with Ginn was my point.
    Someone needs to be ready by Seasons’ end if we expect to avoid a situation similar to the NFCC game last year.

  81. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Shades of McNabb several years back in Philly Del.
    Donavan didn’t know about the TIE scenario either.
    Something that makes you go…HUH?

  82. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    On defense it’s time to bring 5 or 6 on blitzes because opposing QBs are too comfortable and they’re picking us apart.

    Time to get aggressive and bring some heat and force mistakes which current scheme isn’t doing.

  83. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  84. unca_chuckNo Gravatar says:

    LMJ on PR/KR duty? F**k to the no. Use Kyle Williams.
    Goldson was hideous yesterday. He was late on the deep ball to quick in the 1st quarter, and didn’t get him out of bounds when he got there late. Rogers was eaten alive by Amendola. The penalty? Brilliant. Culliver was grasping air when trying to jam Quick. Boom, easy score.
    The D line isn’t getting any push into the backfield like last year. We seem to be using a lot of nickel and still expecting to stop the run. It ain’t working. Bradford played a hell of a game though. He was hitting very small targets all day, mainly to Amendola. The run D was awful. Jackson and his stunt double ran through us like shit through a goose.

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