Bills 34, 49ers 24

The 49ers’ playoff hopes went from maybe to the edge of fuggedabouddit Monday night in Arizona.

This game seemed winnable going in if Nick Mullens didn’t make too many mistakes and the defense shut down the Bills. Of the two “ifs” it was the defense that seemed to be the best bet. But they did not show up at all. Bills’ QB Josh Allen played catch with his WRs all game long, like the Niner secondary was just there for window dressing.

The pathetic NFC East inexplicably rose up from its squalor over the weekend as the Giants stuffed the Seahawks and Washington knocked the Steelers from the unbeaten ranks. Which I mention merely because writing about the 49ers has become a gruesome task this year and also because next week’s game is against Washington, a game which seemed eminently winnable all year long but now maybe not.

And because Washington’s return to respectability has neatly coincided with Alex Smith stepping in at QB a few weeks back. The SF blogs haven’t been the same since Alex left the vicinity back in 2013. Now he’s back next week to face his old team. And Washington’s 5-7 record is a lot closer to the playoffs than the 49ers’ 5-7 record.

At any rate, four more games until we can close the book on this disheartening year.

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22 comments on “Bills 34, 49ers 24
  1. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Wow. It’s been seven years since Alex left.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The game was death by paper cuts. Josh Allen was too comfortable picking the Niners apart. He was geeing 5-8 yards on each first down. Beasley tore them apart because the 4th string slot corner was covering him. K’wan Williams and Jamar Taylor can cover the slot. When Mosely couldn’t go they went with Dontae Johnson over Witherspoon.
    Almost no pass rush all night.

  3. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Mullins couldn’t hit the 3rd down pass and the Bills started pulling away because they were scoring on every possession.

    Funny that Jimmy G didn’t play but local talk radio has started on the tact that he must be replaced. Funny how he’s denigrated while hurt.

  4. winderNo Gravatar says:

    It’s just as well we stunk it up last night. As a team we don’t have it together at all. It was an embarrassing contest through and through. KS has to share this one.

  5. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Put some of this on Santa Clara politics too perhaps?

    Can’t imagine getting tossed out of your friendly confines, while on the plane to LA and, having your collective holiday plans upended in the process.
    Can’t see an upside to making the playoffs in the condition we’re in anyway.

    Work on the Draft slot, youth movement needed to trim the Cap.

  6. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Some obvious points of reference involved for us all but…
    Other opinions help I guess?

  7. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Cowgurls game has been flexed out of Sunday Night Football to
    a regular afternoon game replaced by the Browns vs Giants.

    NFL is choosing the Cowgurls as the main reason for the move.

  8. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    I expected to win DC & Dallas games.
    Not so confident now vs Alex in AZ.
    Our mojo has been suffocated.
    Fuck you Santa Clara.

    We need some serious upgrades to OL and Secondary.

  9. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Further evidence of the curse of the Ohlone.
    Sweat lodge Jed.
    Do IT.
    Can’t accept relo from Bidwell.
    Sleeping with the enemy kinda stuff.

  10. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Restructure Jimmy or cut him loose.
    Our Cap needs major repairs.
    Shanny isn’t getting the adjustments right either.
    Stay from MNF was scary.
    When trailing by 7+ in 2nd half he’s winless.
    That speaks volumes.

  11. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Who would you bring in to replace Shanahan?
    I for one don’t go for the changing Head Coaches Circus.
    I appreciate where the team is now and where we were before.
    Do you really want to bring in the Tomsulas and Chip Kellys to coach this team?

    This year is an outlier because of all the injuries.

  12. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit- I don’t think NJ has ever liked Shanny, Lynch, or Jimmy. But that is what is still great about our country, we don’t have to think alike. I myself think Shanny is getting way to predictable, and that we have made quite a few mistakes in drafting. I also think Jimmy’s game is getting smaller as we go. But, I don’t want to get rid of any of those guys just yet. i think Shanny and Lynch are the best thing to happen to us in years. Overall, I think we now have a FO that knows football. We just have to draft a little better. I also think it’s time to draft a QB that can spread the field and make all the passes.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    To be a legendary coach your name has to be Bill.

  14. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Walsh, Belichick, Parcells and Cowher

  15. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullet it’s an opinion.
    I think Shanny cost us the SB by getting too conservative.
    MNF called out the same stat, when trailing, he folds and is winless.

    No beef at all with Lynch or Shanny other than seeing room for improvement.

    We all need to work at being better in everything we do or, we lose ground.
    The game demands it in real time.
    That’s why we love it.

  16. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Injuries happen, we got more than our share.
    Now there’s a real problem ahead dealing with the Cap.
    Saleh is likely gone, along with FAs that will follow him.

    Add a likely new DCo to the mix.
    Lynch sold out last year for the ring.
    Lost Picks, added Cap money.

    Lot’s to correct now with little money in the budget.
    Jimmy is the best way to fix a big piece of it.

  17. winderNo Gravatar says:

    If Saleh goes we get two 3rd picks one this coming year and one next year. If they consider Saleh a minority coach we may get another 3rd also. But that one might be if he were a FO move like a GM or something. Anyway I read about it this morning in the Athletic.

  18. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Just adds to the pile of problems in keeping continuity Winder.

    I haven’t started looking at prospects yet, simply because CFB has been hit hard with Covid distractions too.
    Lot’s of questions yet to answer.

  19. winderNo Gravatar says:

    I was surprised we didn’t lose him at the end of last year. Everyone knows it’s coming. I like Saleh, i like his fire but we still give up a lot of points. I think there are quite a few good DC’s around i just don’t know who’s really available.

  20. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Definitely not a stat one wants to be at number one:

    “The 49ers have the most torn ACL’s since 2013 with 22

    The Raiders have the least torn ACL’s since 2013 with 4”

  21. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Made me scratch my head at the time Skeebs, when I saw our Head Trainer coming from the NHL.
    Ice vs grass/turf didn’t compute.

    I saw the benefit of Walsh having guys take martial arts and, dance training, for positions involved in hand combat and body control.

    Still don’t see a comparison between blades and cleats related to NFL conditioning.

  22. 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