Andy Reid always wins games following a bye week. Except for the SB. He might have won that one too if Donovan McNabb hadn’t lost his lunch in the 4th quarter. During the regular season, though, he’s been money in the bank.
The 49ers haven’t won one of these post bye week games since 2003. Hmmm. Perhaps there’s some sort of enlightenment available in this factual tidbit. It could simply be that the Eagles have been a good team for ten years and the 49ers have not … or maybe IT’S THE COACHING!
Ergo sum equalibinilibis, the Rams will beat the Niners this Sunday.
Counter pointing this postulation, however, is the all knowing group located in Las Vegas that has listed the Niners as 6 point favorites this weekend. SIX POINTS! Normally, the home team gets an automatic 3 point advantage, so Vegas thinks the Niners are BETTER THAN THE RAMS. Not a full touchdown better, but two field goals better. Whoa. They must have siphoned off all the Kool-aid that drained out of the Bay Area a few games ago.
One might be tempted to wonder if the Vegas guys think the Niners are better because Troy Smith will be the game day QB, and not Alex Smith. Maybe with Alex at the helm, the odds would be 2.5 for the Niners. Or maybe they just think any QB not named Alex is an improvement for the team.
What to believe: The Post Bye Factor or The Vegas Factor?
What seems clear is that people who follow the NFC West teams (i.e., guys not located on the East Coast who make a living ridiculing The West and demonstrating their deep green feelings of envy for people who don’t have to wear snow boots to work and don’t have to stay up till 1 am to watch ball games, which makes them cranky assholes the following day) all still think the Niners are the best team in the division. What they don’t know is how bad Mike Singletary is going to screw this superiority up and whether the team can win games on its own.
This makes Sunday’s game the GPS game of the year for the San Francisco 49ers. Until next week, of course. But this week begins the stretch of five division games in the final eight games. Last year, the Niners owned the division. Do they still own it? We shall see.