Ah, a real game. That was fun. I’d have been happy to see either team lose, and unhappy to see either team win. But the Giants have the first loss of the 2012 season and I’ll leave it to the Cowboys to fall apart later on their own. I’ll admit as the fourth quarter ticked away I couldn’t help thinking, “Jeez, Tony Romo‘s running out of time to screw this game up.” But it’s not December, so he managed to pull out a victory.
Almost nobody thinks the 49ers will beat the Packers at Lambeau Field on Sunday afternoon. Nobody at the national level of somebodies. And not a lot of us West Coasters, either. There’s always prayer, for those of you so inclined!
The Packers, Saints, and Patriots are basically viewed as unstoppable offensive teams and who cares about the defense? Put them down for 12+ victories every year and then ponder the worth of the other 29 teams taking up space below them on the power polls.
The rankings spewer outers, mostly East Coast gents with brain damage, have reluctantly placed the 49ers somewhere in the top ten teams this year. Anywhere from fourth to ninth. Hardly any summary about their worth fails to mention having to downgrade the team because of good old you know who — Alex Smith. Our splendid, game managing, humble, hard-working, non-franchise QB.
The Giants, Ravens, Steelers, and Texans are also in the 49er area below the magnificent three and all of these five teams have good, all around, two-dimensional teams. They play defense and they play offense. Some would say the 49ers have yet to prove they play offense very well, but they played it good enough to go 13-3 in 2011.
These eight teams are generally considered a good place to locate the next Super Bowl champion. There are two teams that are wild cards in this mix that might be great or might just stink. The Eagles and Broncos.
Then there are the wannabe teams: the Cowboys, Seahawks. Cardinals, Redskins, Lions, Bears, and Falcons. Any of these teams might do well, but none of them seem Super Bowl worthy.
Lest we discriminate against the disadvantaged, we’ll lump all the other teams into a category politely termed the Washington Generals. These teams can all plan their January vacations now, let alone their February ones.
The 49ers at Green Bay game will be a mighty contest, but the Seahawks at Arizona game will be almost a must win for each team. If Seattle wants to contend with the Niners, they better be able to sweep the division and at least split with the 49ers. And if Arizona can’t win at home against Seattle, they aren’t likely to be better than 3-3 in the divison, and maybe 2-4.
It’s possible the 49ers vs Packers game will eventually decide the top seed in the NFC, but it’s too early to make that leap. It should be a hellava game, though, and a good indication of just how good our team is, or just how much improvement needed they are. Either way, the adrenalin will flow for real come Sunday at 1:30pm.