The 49ers have not won a road game all year. It would be a shame to ruin such a pristine swing and a miss by somehow eking out a victory against the Rams this Sunday in Los Angeles.
After all, 5-11 doesn’t look much better than 4-12 – crap is crap by any other name – and it’s not worth slipping down the 2019 draft board to achieve. Not that these lovable lunk heads will be considering these practical ramifications. No, they just want to win the game and close the season thinking they’re better than they are.
Many of them won’t be starting next year anyway. Nick Mullens will be back on the bench, along with the entire secondary, a couple of RBs, one or two WRs, and probably a linebacker. But at least we’ll have some decent depth next year.
The Rams made a lot of splash last offseason going all in for a Super Bowl run this year, but they’ve kind of faded down the stretch since losing to the Saints last month. Ndamukong Suh was supposed to team with Aaron Donald to provide twin terrors at the DT spots, but only Donald has lived up to his reputation. Suh has played like a faded star who’s run out of gas. CB Aqib Talib has been injured most of the year and the other big splash CB, Marcus Peters, has shown more why Andy Reid traded him than why the Rams wanted him. And this year’s QB Jared Goff has lately played more like his rookie year self than his last year self.
Even so, the Rams are 12-3, which is not too shabby, and will have a first round BYE in the playoffs if they beat the Niners on Sunday or the Bears lose to the Vikings. And the Seahawks will be playing in January, too. While the Niners finish off their fourth straight losing season, a fully accredited Third World entity in the NFC West.
Last game of the year. Sigh. Kind of sad. Sixteen weekends of Munchausen Syndrome and then back to the real world and six months of acute withdrawal. Which is worse? The sickness or the withdrawal?