One More For The Road

I hope the 49er players are doing a better job of getting up for Sunday’s game against the Redskins than I am. I can’t help feeling this game is in the bag. It’s not a feeling I have any familiarity with in this century, so it makes me a little nervous.

Is the team really so good that victories can be assumed? The 49ers probably rely less on one or two individual star players than any other good team in the league, so it’s more difficult to image a scenario where the team could have an off day.

The great equalizer is the 49er defense. It’s the best defense in the NFC. It leads the entire league in fewest points allowed and Washington is coming off a game against Buffalo where they were shut out. Lousy offense versus great defense equals nothing much happening in the home team column on the scoreboard. It won’t take much production from the 49er offense to win this game.

A win Sunday would put the Niners at 7-1 halfway through the 2011 season. It’s not a record achieved by playing in the weak NFC West, either. The team would be 2-0 against the AFC North, 1-0 against the NFC South, 2-1 against the NFC East, and 1-0 against the NFC North. These are the strongest divisions in the NFL. Four of the wins would be achieved in eastern time zone games, a notoriously difficult task for teams located on the west coast.

In most years, any team with 4 games against the NFC West would be an instant playoff contender. The NFC South enjoyed this position last year and had three 10+ win teams. The worst team in that division won only two games last year and both of those wins were against the NFC West. Teams in the NFC East and AFC North were awarded this feast in 2011, but the 49ers are upsetting the dinner cart, so to speak,

The 49ers are currently the number two ranked team in the NFL, but the idea that they are a powerhouse is still in its infancy. Any loss now, especially to a team like Washington, would drop them down the rankings precipitously. If they beat the Giants at home and Baltimore on the road this month, the team would most definitely get the “temporary” removed from its perception as the real deal.

The 49ers finished October with a perfect 4-0 record. They are also on a five game winning streak. We can expect those achievements to continue this weekend in the first game of November. The following week, the Giants come to town and the atmosphere for that game should be supercharged. Both teams expect to make the playoffs and might very well face each other again in the playoffs. It feels like it could be the ’80’s all over again.

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  1. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    The idea of being 7-1 prehensible. It was something hard to grasp befoire the season started.

  2. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Oops, I forgot the “is” between 7-1 and prehensible.

  3. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    NJ- I don’t like drafting a WR in the first round while in the rebuilding mode. Are we past that? Maybe. I like what I saw on hi-light reel of Sanu. I do agree with you that we still need to be adding to the defense. We could sure us some depth at DE and a front line CB. A good FS would fit nicely too. But, if Sanu is the best on the board I do like him.

  4. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Berger

    Sanu doesn’t have the speed we need at WR. From scouting reports he has 4.57 speed. He’s having a good senior year but his production in his first 2 years
    of college makes him a mid level pick at best in my mind.On draft lists he’s the 5th ranked WR
    If you want a WR with speed that kid from Baylor Kendall Wright
    might be around at the end of the second round. He runs under 4.4

  5. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    My weekly prediction
    Niners 27-9.
    Looks like Ray McDonald will sit this one out.
    Go Niners!

  6. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- I did not check Sanu’s speed. 4.57 would usually (but not always) preclude him from the first round. Let’s see what he runs at the combine. Something tells me he will throw down a 4.4. The WR I would compare him to is Sdney Rice. Not super fast off the line but has great afterburners, just like a guy named Jerry Rice. I would rather be picking defense anyway. But I do believe in taking the best available in the first round, with going for need if two or more players are rated about the same.

  7. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Your weekly prediction looks about right to me. I was thinking 27-10.

  8. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Adam Schefter predicts Washington will upset the Niners. Fortunately, Adam ain’t too bright, or I might be worried.

  9. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    He thinks all Washington has to do is stop Gore, like Gore is carving out these yards all by himself. He does not address how Washington is going to score any points.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    David Baas is doubtful (knee) for the Giants this week. What a surprise.

  11. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    That IS a surprise, Skeebs!
     

    Usually Baas is out for the season by November… 😉

  12. robNo Gravatar says:

    imho we need to add another defensive lineman more than anything next offseason !

  13. robNo Gravatar says:

    i know our top three guys are good , and we have tukuafu , ian williams and dobbs , but at this point imo those guys are just good backups ! imho we need to add another stud to the d-line more than anything !

  14. robNo Gravatar says:

    our second priority might just be at QB imo ! we can go with a draft pick , free agent or trade to get one !

  15. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Is Heitmann officially done and retired? Or is he Jeremy Newberry
    and going to play for every team on the West Coast before he decides he can’t walk? Rachal is a UFA in 2012 and so is Snyder.

  16. robNo Gravatar says:

    this game scares me ! we play a talented team at 1pm. on the road on the east coast !

  17. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    I still think Harbaugh has his eye on Josh Johnson.

    Washington is offensively challenged in a big way. To think John Beck is going to beat the Niners is a stretch at best. The Native Americans defense is good, but their offense stinks on ice.
    .
    Maybe the Niners should stop off in Youngstown, Ohio just to make sure . . .

  18. robNo Gravatar says:

    i’m not sure … why all the excitement about josh johnson !?

  19. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    He’s looked good in limited action. Plus Harbaugh was his college coach. If Jimmy likes him, it’s enough for me.

  20. winderNo Gravatar says:

    They’re predicting the weather to be 55 degrees and clear. It should be perfect for football. My only concern is that we get in and out injury free. We should win this one. Catching the Skins while in disarray is very good for us.

  21. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    They’ve been in disarray longer than the 49ers.

  22. winderNo Gravatar says:

    rob – I don’t see what the big interest in Josh is either. i think we already have our next starting QB on the roster. Tolzien(sp) or Kaep are good players but they just need some time to get their game down. I am pretty sure we didn’t just waste a 2nd rd pick, Harbaugh must have seen something in Kaep, and we even moved up to get him. I think Tolzein will probably be ready a little sooner due to the type of football they are used to playing.

  23. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah Chuck, dat’s the truth fo sure. But, I like the fact they have no running game to speak of (even though Hightower doesn’t instill much fear). With Moss out all they have is a couple of #2&3 WR’s. Oh yeah, and their QB situation. The only thing I can see that might get us is that there is no book on some of these guys.

  24. robNo Gravatar says:

    WINDER
    nice analysis on the washington game ! i feel a lot better about our chances now ! thx !

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Here is an interesting fact from Sando of ESPN

    “More on that 49ers pass rush: The team is getting good pressure despite sending four or fewer pass-rushers on 82 percent of opposing dropbacks, the third-highest percentage in the league, according to Doug Clawson of ESPN Stats & Information. That figure is up from 73.1 percent last season. All four sacks against Cleveland last week came with the 49ers rushing four or fewer. That gives the team added flexibility in coverage. Opposing quarterbacks have been under duress on 20.4 percent of dropbacks, up from 11.9 last season. Aldon Smith’s addition is key. Smith, who plays in sub packages, has six of his 6.5 sacks on plays when the 49ers rushed four or fewer.”

  26. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Is Adam Schefter a Redskins fan or just being a quean when it comes to the 49ers?

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Somebody always has to take an opposite view otherwise nobody going to watch. You see the big deal they made of Phil Simms’ comment on Luck. He said Luck hasn’t shown a “big arm” like
    Elway/Marino. All he said was
    Luck’s arm is similar to Peyton Manning which is not bad company.

  28. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    What Simms said was that he didn’t think Luck would be a very good pro. His arm isn’t strong enough for the pros.
    .
    Here’s another quote. This one involving Manning:
    .
    While questioning Luck’s “overhyped” draft status, Phil Simms said there’s “no way” Peyton Manning allows Luck to be drafted by Indianapolis. It was a fairly benign, easily defendable position. Would Manning want an awful team to draft his successor or provide help for his limited time left?
    .
    It also brought Manning out of silence Thursday in Indianapolis.
    .
    “I don’t talk to Phil, Phil doesn’t talk to me,” Manning said to start a quote that ended: “Giving himself more credit than probably was merited.”

    Manning also went down the laundry list of questions involving his future, though his answers just led to more questions. He wants to play this year. But he doesn’t know if he’ll ever play again.

  29. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    I’m not so sure Schefter was being a quean, but close enough. I had to get the WOTD in.

  30. RTFireflyNo Gravatar says:

    18-1, baby!!

    Alex in the Pro Bowl. Gore in the Pro Bowl.

    I want a clean sweep. I want to be wrong about everything!!

    I am dutifully reminded this season of a conversation I had with a friend prior to the 1981 season:
    “How ’bout them Niners?” (him)
    “They suck.” (me)
    “But they a great young quarterback! He set the all-time record for greatest comeback in the history of the NFL last year!” (him)
    “That was against the Saints. They suck, too. Look, they were 6-10 last year, 2-14 (!!) the two years before that. They’ve always sucked – at least since Brodie, Washington, Nunley, Johnson and those guys retired…”

    You get my drift. Alex for President!! The Niners (and Alex) are doing everything I want from my football team – they are winning.

    Win ugly, win pretty, win with better play on the field, win because of better game-day coaching, win because of opponent’s blown field goals, whatever, win!

    I didn’t want to jinx the team after week 5, but Shanny’s boys don’t scare me, so I’ll risk it now. The way the Niners are playing, who is left who can actually beat them? The Gints, the Ravens, the Steelers, maybe an odd game on the road against a divisional foe. Skee’s 11-5 might prove pessimistic!

    Red and Gold forever

  31. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Truncated by a ghost. Welcome back to the living, RTF.

  32. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    RT- Good to see you back, I was worried something bad happened.

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    This is the month we need to see Braylon & Crabtree become dangerous. If we start hitting these two on some deep balls, the offense is going to join the defense as an elite group.

  34. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The Niners are practicing at the Marine Corps Barracks in DC.
    They finished their walk through prcatice yesterday with a cheer of “Semper Fi”.
    The Coach then took the tem on a field trip to Arlington National Cemetary and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
    Here is the link to Maicco’s story
    from CSNBA
    http://www.csnbayarea.com/blog/niners-talk/post/Harbaugh-takes-49ers-to-Arlington-Nation?blockID=588820&feedID=5936

    I am inspired and I like it.
    Semper Fi! Go Niners!

  35. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    When did the Niners turn the corner as a team and start to play better? I would argue that it was after the Bengals game.
    The week they spent in Youngstown allowed them to bond as team which hasn’t happened since they trained in Rocklin.
    Another story from CSNBA from Jaymee Sire about this topic
    http://www.csnbayarea.com/blog/niners-talk/post/Bonded-49ers-strong-on-the-road?blockID=588904&feedID=5884
    I just remember the trolls and haters on SF Gate calling Jed York too cheap to fly his team home and the usual garbage. There is a plan and a purpose for evrything the Niners are doing.

  36. robNo Gravatar says:

    good to see you’re back

    RUFUS-T-FIREFLY

  37. robNo Gravatar says:

    NINERS 20 REDSKINS 19

    we win on a 55 yard feild goal by ackers !

  38. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    bullit- Seems the trip to Youngstown was not just some kind of junket for the owners.

  39. BergerNo Gravatar says:

    Speaking of not being cheap, Harbaugh wanted the practice squad players to be included on the road trips, so now they are.

  40. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Another methodical victory. The team seems more and more confident each week.

  41. robNo Gravatar says:

    are we 7-1 ???

  42. winderNo Gravatar says:

    rob, I dunno, but it sure feels good to win.

  43. robNo Gravatar says:

    yup WInDER omg after 8 games we’re 7-1 !

  44. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    NYG at SF is Playoff game in November Boys.
     
    My gameroom will be filled with NYG Buddies next Sunday.
     
    Time to show them how good we really are. Alex better be throwing on their Secondary and putting up some points.

  45. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    New post is up.

  46. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I have been saying this on a weekly basis but again the 49er Oline is holding up and playing
    penalty free games (knock on wood). No more devastating holding calls or false starts.
    Anthony Davis is not mentioned anymore which is a good thing for the RT. I truly believe that Rachal with his poor play was the major contributor to the OL stinking and he made A Davis a worse player by being next to him.
    Snyder has satbilized the RG position. Not spectacular but no stupid little mistakes that kill you. The NY Giant DL will be a major test much like the Lions.
    Being a home game at the stick gives us a huge advantage.

  47. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    I also thought the officiating crew sucked yesterday. On the illegal shift called on Peele they were talked into that penalty by the Redskins.
    On the onside kick why couldn’t VD signal for a fair catch? He was clobbered by the Redskins anyway. It’s not like they respected the signal and didn’t lay a hand on him. The ref got talked into that penalty too.
    A no call would have been appropriate.

  48. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Bullitt, because the ball hits the ground on an onsides kick, you can’t call for a fair catch.
    .
    If you somehow just pop a kick straight up, then you can.

  49. unca chuckNo Gravatar says:

    Chirp chirp chirp . . . .

    Everybody sleeping today?

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