Cowboys 24, 49ers 17

For one shining quarter, the Chip Kelly offense lived up to its hype. The 49ers roared out to a 14-0 lead, scoring their second TD one minute into the second quarter. From there on out, it was Cowboys 24 and Niners 3. They were 7 for 7 on third down conversions during their roaring stretch, then reverted to the norm, going 1-7 the rest of the game.

At 1-3, the 49ers are exactly where they were a year ago, a bunch of guys assembled by Trent Baalke who just aren’t very good. The last two number one picks — Arik Armstead and DeForest Buckner — spent the game peeling themselves off the turf where the Cowboys O-line had planted them, while Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott ran over them for 138 yards. Armstead did not have even one tackle or assist the entire game. A statistical zero. Perhaps he touched Elliott’s shoelaces while the guy bounded by him.

The leading receiver for the Niners was Detroit castoff Jeremy Kerley, who has surpassed another Baalke pick, Quinton Patton, as the WR starting opposite Torrey Smith. Patton and Smith each had one catch in the game, while Kerley had six.

[We pause now for the obligatory five seconds of face time for backup QB Colon Crapperdick and the two monkey-see-monkey-do idiots partnered with him while the other 2,000+ NFL football players concentrate on the game they’re paid to play and we pay to see. But, hey! What a protest movement. This ranks right up there with five guys parading in front of the Post Office yelling about the price of stamps.]

Back to the train wreck of a once proud franchise sent hurtling off the rails by the scurrilous son of York. Carlos Hyde had a nice 32 yard run Sunday on one of his 15 carries. The other 14, he averaged 3.0 per attempt.

Despite three-quarters of the game belonging almost exclusively to the Cowboys, this was the first game all year that had any drama left in the fourth quarter, right down to the final three yard completion from Blaine Gabbert to Smith on fourth and six in the final two minutes. Bravo guys, the Santa Clara vendors were quite happy to not have to close up their beer stands at the start of the third quarter.

Next up on Thursday night, the reeling Arizona Cardinals, who are almost as bad as the Niners thus far in the 2016 season. A battle for NFL West basement supremacy. Who can resist the drama?

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53 comments on “Cowboys 24, 49ers 17
  1. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    Typically, the home team has an substantial advantage in short week games. Somehow, though, I can’t help but feel that this is the week that Arizona gets well. The Niners are now that “get some hope for your season” opponent, like the Rams or Raiders used to be.

    For a long time, we heard that, for all his faults, Baalke knew how to pick defensive players. The longer we get into his tenure, the less that looks true. Still, the offensive ineptitude isn’t helping.

    I picked 4-12 to start the season. I figure the team will win one of @Chicago or vs. Miami. There will be another “surprise” victory. But I don’t know where the 4th win will come from.

    Maybe Tomsula was a better coach than we thought…

  2. Sammy Davis Jr.No Gravatar says:

    I won’t have to think too hard on that one: he wasn’t.

  3. Mr FletchNo Gravatar says:

    I will be curious to see how Kelly’s season compares to Tomsula’s season. If Tomsula managed to coax a better record out of a similarly talented team, what does that say about Kelly?

  4. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    I don’t see any benefit to Chippy’s offensive style except for the opposing team. But with so many trouble spots it’s meaningless to try to name a single culprit below the level of GM, that is. If Gabbert is the best QB on the roster, whose fault is that?

    Replacing Baalke with another spineless yes man to tell Yorkie he’s the boss probably isn’t going to help much. That just reminded me of Joffrey screaming he’s the king, for any GoT fans. Wow, put a cheesy looking Burger King crown on his head and Yorkie fits the image perfectly.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “MRI confirmed 49ers’ LB NaVorro Bowman ruptured his Achilles and is out for season.”

  6. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear has it right. Jed and family are the fountainhead of this river of shit. Unless they back away and let a football guy run the team without interference, any change is going to be temporary. The Next Baalke will be the same as the Old Baalke. We’ll have an endless parade of Chips and Tomsulas and Singletarys and Jimmy Hats set up to fail and doing it with style.

    The odds of any improvement are slim. We may be only seeing the beginning of an Irsay-like Reign of Error that will last for another two or three decades.

  7. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Other teams have difficulties, as a result our schedule is not as daunting with many winnable games.

    With that said, the Ian Williams and now Bowman IR’s have iced our run D for the year. Sincerely hope we finish out 1-15.

  8. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    As I’ve attempted to convey for months and months, football guys know football.
    What Dr Daddy did with Paraag was simple stupidity.
    Interference, meddling, penny-pinching etc.
    What we have is something between Danny Snyder and Jerruh Jones.
    Danny hangs his GM on strings and plays puppet master.
    Jerruh ‘buys the groceries’ and faults the HC for the results.

    There’s some sort of insecurity involved with the York’s desired expectations in the power structure.
    Football guys don’t function in the Board Room and, the Ivory Tower Elites don’t belong in the Locker Room.
    Quite frankly, as suggested, this is nothing but scapegoating on a grand scale.
    Stupid is, as stupid does.
    We’re eff’d as long as Jed is being manipulated by the Ivory Tower.

  9. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    Lil Jed is part of the Ivory Tower

  10. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Eddie is gonna have to administer some straight talk to the sister’s side of the klan. How it’s done can be kept as an inside family matter.

    Disaster has happened. There is no debate. Time to listen, silverspoons.

  11. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    CLE sounds interesting as a trading partner. Kaepernick for Josh Gordon, can it be done in some way. Somehow include Danny Shelton.

    Anyway some familiar names as their OLB’s.

  12. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Bullit I find him to be Daddy’s Puppet.
    Perhaps Ivory Tower by Proxy is the better way to describe it?
    Point being, Jed, Daddy, Paraag are non-football weenies doing nothing but wreaking havoc on the football operations.
    Whether Mommy pulls any strings, I couldn’t know.
    We all know what a mess this team has become while they’ve been at the helm. Sadly, it doesn’t look like we’ll ever see them removed in out lifetimes, no matter the number of scapegoats they dispose of or, the banners pulled behind aircraft on game days.
    We almost have to keep Chip around for some continuity now, due to the recent turnovers involving Harbaugh and Tomsula.
    Jed is simply the ‘face’ of the franchise by appointment.
    He’s certainly nothing more than a puppet IMO.

  13. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke traded up for Joshua Garnett yet he seems to be odd man out never getting into games or being inactive. Marcus Martin gets put into the game and he immediately whiffs on a block and gives up a sack.
    Garnett was ranked the best guard in the draft yet he has yet to make the field. If we don’t see him on the field soon, he’ll join Joe Looney and Brandon Thomas and Marcus Martin as high draft pick olinemen failures.
    This has nothing to do with Marathe and is simply another Baalke miscalculation.
    Baalke’s neglect has made the offense a wasteland with a total lack of talent. Choosing Torrey Smith and letting Crabtree go has proven to be a huge mistake. Not bringing Boldin back was another. Crabtree and Boldin have scored 6 TDs combined compared to the Niner WR total of 2.
    Torrey Smith is on the same track he was on last year of averaging a little over 2 catches a game. I’ll give Smith credit for beating his man deep and Gabbert for a very poor pass on a sure TD.

    Crabtree signed last year for $3 mil with the Raiduhs when Baalke would not give him a decent offer. This year he has a similar contract to Torrey Smith. Boldin indicated he would like to return but Baalke never offered so Boldin ended up
    with the Lions for $2.75.

    Hindsight says the Niner offense would be better off now if they still had Crabtree or Boldin. The current criticism of the
    current receiving corps is they can’t get separation and get open. That is a huge problem if you have an average QB.

    This is all on the choices that Baalke has made to shape the current team.

  14. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    But Baalke knows defense….

    It was obvious to the dimest bulb that Ian Williams was all we had at NT in the base D. We did not draft an NT to develop. Ian got IR’d. No significant FA pickup or a trade.

    Lack of run D is taking us out of winnable games. The D is entirely on TB and will be his grave. Gamble should be interim GM on his firing in a few months.

    Jed thinks that will save his scrawny, bony ass.

  15. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    BG adequate in Chip’s eyes:

    In fact he is good enough to be starter in 2017. WR corp is top 3 picks in 2017.

  16. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yep the sins of Balkey extend beyond the drafting of offensive skill players. Boldin, Crabtree, Delanie Walker are good WRs we (he) let go. Now look at us. Pitiful.

  17. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    A world class troll and there ain’t nothin’ you can do about it…

  18. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Beg to differ despite the frothing of dear leader Chuck = there is something we can do about it and Many Are = boycott all news of Johnnie the J, his sympathizers on the field, in the media, in politics. Boycott the NFL, merchandise, broadcasts, the games, etc. Peak NFL has passed and now with these political stunts the NFL is engaged in alienating Many of their paying customers. Rejecting the NFL losing strategy of political activism IS doing something very very effective…and satisfying.

    We are not yet required to hoist the Black Power salute… Never. I will contribute the one finger salute however.

  19. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Are the Niners now the Warriors of old? Getting there quick.
    More sins of Balkey = Dismantling the SB Team

    “How about Mike Iupati? He’s the 15th best guard so far this season according to PFF”.
    “Delanie Walker had 1,465 yards and eight touchdowns in seven seasons with the Niners. The 49ers chose Vernon Davis and Vance McDonald over Walker, and in three-plus years with Tennessee he has 2,708 yards and 17 touchdowns”.
    “Future Hall-of-Famer Frank Gore has rushed for 1,220 yards since the 49ers let him walk. His replacement, Carlos Hyde, has rushed for 769 yards (albeit in nine fewer games)”.

    Not to mention Crabtree and Boldin.

  20. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Jim Harbaugh’s innovative offensive thinking at work last weekend. Something you would think Chip would conjure up.

  21. Sammy Davis Jr.No Gravatar says:

    Jim Harbaugh chose Alex Smith over Peyton Manning. Yet some here continue to revere him as a coaching deity and worship the very khakis that caress his self-important NFCCG (twice) Super Bowl choking losing piece of shit ass.

    But go (Little Boy) Blue! He needed the money.

  22. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah because the Niners have had better coaches in the last 20 years. Sure they have, right, gotcha. 49 Wins, deal with it.

    Bullit Harbs is several orders of magnitude a better coach than any around the Niners including Kelly.

  23. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    NFL has lost 1/3 of its paying customers/fans =

    One in Three Americans Boycott NFL Over Disrespect to Police, Military and US Flag

    Show up at our ENTERTAINMENT venues with your disrespectful political disturbances, we may not think much of your point. Assholes. Don’t matter if you are a player, an owner or just an ordinary asshole. Shove it

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Easy Phil – Just ignore the Anthem and enjoy the game, which is hard enough as a 9er fan these days 😀
    As I suggested a few days ago, the TV Networks should treat them like drunks running onto the field by not giving them the soapbox exposure.

  25. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    *Ignore the Anthem antics –

  26. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    Now “Colin Kaepernick: The Real American” is on the front page of ESPN’s website. Looks like the correct way of questioning America, something our founding fathers wanted, is leaving all the old racist white dudes in the dust. And rightly so….

  27. winderNo Gravatar says:


  28. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Post mortem analysis. Is autopsy too strong a word.

    Spit, thanks for spitting in our face.

  29. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Don’t blame Spitblood, he’s simply the product of a sheltered life and a liberal education. He’s never had to live in a country that is truly oppressive so he thinks he’s missing out on something to bitch about and it’s somebody else’s fault. His constant blaming the sorry state of his existence on “old white racist dudes” is all the proof you need to identify his particular syndrome.

    In most countries if you use a public platform to bad-mouth the government on real complaints, let alone imagined ones, you’d be missing by morning. Not in aMErica though. Unless you try to use that freedom of speech to speak against the liberal agenda. Then you ARE a criminal of the state. Your mic will be cut off and you will be duly punished. Ask Goodell. Imagine the consequences of denigrating the BLM protestors!

    Spitblood claims the reason behind his support of this latest Here’s-why-I-hate-America shitstorm is people are dying in the streets of America every day just because they’re black. Really?! Do you need more proof that the bleating of this mental midget is just noise to sound like he cares about what his masters have drummed into his head?

  30. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Looks like the Niners will get the Cards with Stanton instead of Palmer. It’s a good indication of the state of the team when we are reduced to hoping the team we play has all its starters out with injury. Do we have a chance? I doubt it.

  31. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    NoFear: You say I’m sheltered? A.) I don’t live in a bunker in the woods poaching free Wifi off the government survey tower ten miles up the canyon, while reading Uni Bomber biographies online 24/7. B.) I converse with other things known as people (not frogs and squirrels in the forest). C.) My skin is tanned from floating down rivers fishing. Your skin tone makes porcelain jealous from years in the forest.

    And then there’s the idea that other people who question their government in other countries would be killed. Good example. Yes, I’m sure there are countries out there that kill the opposition, but those countries are usually called 3rd world countries or dictators. The fact that we do question our government is what makes America great. The fact that you’re in a very, very small minority is what also makes America great.

    I understand why everyone thought you died. The government survey tower at the top of the canyon you poach free wifi from switched internet providers and it took you several months to crack the code. We’ll know better next time. Get some sun, dude.

  32. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Cannot control games without run D. Cards have a decent running attack.

  33. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    All I will say is that Bad Teams find ways to lose games. Stanton or not, I am not confident.

  34. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    I’m more confident in Spitblood standing for the Anthem with his hand over his heart than I am in the Niners over the Cards. It’s 2015 again with a better OL.

  35. SpitbloodNo Gravatar says:

    I stand for the anthem and salute the flag. After all, I’m a white boy and don’t get killed by police walking my dog.

  36. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    That’s good Spit, glad to hear it. But beating the Cards still going to be a tall order I’m sure you will agree

  37. Phil fanNo Gravatar says:

    BTW NJ I do ignore the Anthem antics but can’t resist ‘dissing the dissers’. Enjoying the games is tough when I do not really expect us to win each week. Not surprised we coughed up the lead against DAL for instance.

    We need a complete rebuild in the FO due to the Balkey team rebuild being in tatters. Won’t be happening this year tho. How long will it be until we total 49 wins in the post Harbaugh era? We have six (6) in 1 and 1/4 seasons so maybe 2020? 2021? Will still follow along with lowered expectations…

  38. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    All we can do as fans Phil.
    I still advocate for a good working relationship between HC/GM to get the proper pieces needed to build with.
    Pieces acquired for Harbaugh don’t necessarily equate to those needed for Chip. Changing HCs, Coaching Staffs, schemes etc, just complicates the process.
    Whether they replace Baalke or not, that HC/GM dynamic has to exist in order for anything to improve.

    Good NFL Ownership in this League doesn’t interfere in football ops like our brain trusts manage to do.
    As stated, Dysfunction Junction.

  39. Sammy Davis Jr.No Gravatar says:

    Go Giants! Bum in the playoffs is gold, baby. Pure mother effing gold.
    But it sure in the hell helps when the Mets put their closer in a non-save situation.

    I will go to my grave continuing to shout my all-time favorite and more importantly, most true aphorism: “Don’t put your closer in a non-save situation!”

  40. Sammy Davis Jr.No Gravatar says:

    BTW, if and when Colin Kaepernick ever steps on the field again wearing a Niner uniform. I will openly and wholeheartedly root for him to break his effing neck on each and every goddamn play. Just like the rest of all true Americans.

  41. Sammy Davis Jr.No Gravatar says:

    NJ, could I ask you a honest question please?

    How the eff can you still support Baalke as our GM? And please don’t give me your usual, “Jed, Paraag and the entire FO meddle bullshit.” Trent Baalke has not supplied this team with it’s next HOF QB either by the draft, trade, garage sale, or a slave auction his entire tenure.

    With very few exceptions, you need a HOF QB in order to win a SB. We currently have a Jacksonville Jaguar reject, and effing Ali Baba and his Forty Niner Thieves.

  42. Sammy Davis Jr.No Gravatar says:

    Ali Baba and his Forty Niner Thieves™

  43. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    HOF QBs don’t grow on trees Sammy.
    Coaching at the Pro level has a lot to do with it.
    If Ownership continues to interfere with the football operations, no GM is going to improve this situation.
    Whether Kaep was Harbaugh’s choice or Baalke’s, he hasn’t panned out thus far. Harbaugh was a former Pro QB himself. If Kaep couldn’t learn it from him, who takes the blame?
    Gabbert was taken high 1st RD as well.
    Firing HCs as the Yorks have done, simply complicates the job for Baalke or any other GM that will follow him.
    The problems start with Ownership.
    No stability. No foundation. Nothing but constant do-overs.
    I’m supporting Baalke over the clowns that are interfering with the job he’s paid to do.
    He’s been around the game for a long time. He certainly knows more then Uncle Eddie’s nephew, who hung around the 9er/Walsh locker room as a kid.
    Doesn’t matter to me whether it’s Baalke, Gamble or whomever, I’m advocating for the football guys.
    Not the wannabe football guys that Own the team.

  44. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Baalke recruited Harbaugh.
    Who fired him and, why?
    Stupid thin-skinned Ownership with insecurity issues apparently.
    ‘Jim wasn’t nice. He didn’t respect us.’
    Whatever it was, Baalke got along well enough with him at some point to get him aboard.
    After that, who eff’n knows?

  45. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    Spitblood, I’m going to have to start looking for free wifi if I have to keep paying for your food, rent and healthcare.

    How many folks, of ANY color, have been killed by the police while COMPLYING with their instructions?

    There’s value in that question. When you find yourself involved in a situation that includes police, comply. You can fight any perceived injustice and legalities tomorrow, when you’re still alive.

  46. NoFear49erNo Gravatar says:

    The Cards are up against the 32nd rush D and they bring the top rusher in the league. The Niners D gave up 125 yards to the Seahawks’ backup and 200 or so to Zeke, and that was with Bowman leading the defensive effort.

    Palmer being out may appear to favor the Niners but they’ll probably go more run and Drew Stanton has whipped us before and that’s when we didn’t have to load up the box to stop the run.

    I don’t think the outcome is in question, but the Cards have imploded before. Intersting bet is the TOP. I put the O/U at 24.5 minutes.

  47. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Pts/game is pretty even between us as well NoFear49er.
    Much as I’m calling this a loss for us, a break or 2 in our favor could turn it.
    Agree, stopping the run is our biggest headache right now, loss of Bow not withstanding.

    9ers – 21
    Cards – 24

  48. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Most confusing was how AZ lost to a Rob Ryan Defense in Buffalo.
    McCoy went for 110/2 TDs which would suggest they’re having issues against the run.
    However, we’re not exactly firing on the ground ourselves.
    Stanton doesn’t scare me, anymore than Gabbert scares them.
    As stated, if we catch a break, who knows?
    I think we’re wearing the Hefty Uniforms for this matchup as well.
    Which might be apropos, for the Offensive garbage we’ve displayed in the 2nd half of games thus far.
    Great adjustments there Chipper/Modkins.
    Can we find a way to get out of own way sometime soon?

  49. 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