If the 49ers were a long established contender, this Sunday might be considered a “trap game.” But the current team is still trying to prove it belongs, so it’s unlikely they will be taking any team lightly this year. Every game is a chance to show the world they have arrived.
Still, the Steelers not having Ben Roethlisberger at QB this Sunday should probably be viewed as a fortuitous break. It’s possible that his replacement, Mason Rudolph, will unexpectedly dazzle the world in this game, but I doubt many believe that is going to happen.
Of course, what would really be nice would be to obliterate Pittsburgh offensively, making the matter of their QB a moot point.
It’s probably too early to worry about style points, I guess. We’re still in the “OMG! The 49ers win!” stage.
Not to jinx things, but according to one of the beat writers, it’s been twenty years since the Steelers last won a game in the Bay Area. That would put them clobbering the 1999 team that was helpless after Steve Young got knocked into retirement in the third game of the season.
This is also the third game of the season, which was the game number last year when Jimmy Garoppolo got knocked out for the season. He was also knocked out of the third game in 2015, while replacing the suspended Tom Brady.
Getting sweaty yet?