Rams 41, 49ers 39

Wow. That was unexpected. After two straight defense-oriented yawners, the 49ers and Rams held an old fashioned offensive barn burner. Easily the most entertaining Niner game in years.

The game was as evenly matched as you can get. Each team had over 400 yards of offense, 300 by passing and 100 by running. They each scored five TDs and 2 FGs. And two turnovers. The Niners got their muffs out of the way in the first quarter, the Rams in the second and fourth. In the end, it all came down to a missed PAT by the Niners and a failed two point conversion.

The most glaring difference between the teams was the pass rush. The Rams had four sacks, the 49ers had zero. Number one draft pick Solomon Thomas was again barely visible, with one tackle representing his only stat of the game. In fact, none of the first five picks in the 2017 Draft Class are contributing anything so far this year, although Reuben Foster most certainly was, before his injury.

Defensive ineptitude by both teams was also equally on display. For the Rams, a bit surprising. One would think Wade Phillips would have his team a top five group, but they’ve been a sieve all three of their games. Maybe the transition from a 4-3 to a 3-4 is not going very smoothly. If it ever gels this season, the Rams will be a legitimate playoff contender. Their offensive turn around, especially the play of QB Jared Goff, has been amazing.

For the Niners, the continued lack of a pass rush is killing them. Their run defense has been solid, a refreshing turn around from last year. But teams with good passing attacks are going to tattoo this group all year long.

On the plus side, Brian Hoyer finally found his groove and the offense at last performed like we all expected a Kyle Shanahan offense to perform. Bolstering the hope that the remaining games this year will be very competitive and entertaining, whether that is reflected positively in the win/loss record or not. The Niners are 0-3 right now, but are clearly better than the 1-2 teams of the previous two years.

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46 comments on “Rams 41, 49ers 39
  1. winderNo Gravatar says:

    That was an entertaining game. And, why we can’t generate a pass rush with all our #1 studs is a mystery to me. I guess I am gonna have to take back all the stuff I said about Hyde. He is playing better than I ever expected.

  2. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Oh yeah, how often do you see your long-snapper recover a fumble. I think that was the first time for me, he showed some real hustle.

  3. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Hyde is a good player and always has been – the only question is, can he stay healthy for most of a season.

    As for pass rush, it is easier when you’re winning and teams have to throw. Which means until we stop getting into holes early, we already have a handicap right there, aside from any questions about talent of the personnel. It’s too easy for teams to run the ball and sit on their leads.

  4. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    LINEBACKERS: F. Ray Ray Armstrong committed his weekly 15-yard penalty, and NaVorro Bowman missed three tackles. The third missed tackle led to a 27-yard gain on third-and-10. He is washed up. Sad.

    DEFENSIVE BACKS: D. This unit committed four penalties, including a holding penalty by Dontae Johnson. That penalty came on third-and-7 when Elvis Dumervil sacked Jared Goff. Johnson’s penalty extended the drive and allowed the Rams to score a touchdown. I give the defensive backs a “D” and not an “F” because they didn’t have the benefit of a pass rush.

    From Cohn and glad he commented on Dontae. The Dumervil sack was negated by a bonehead, selfish play. WR was mugged. Every O skill player gets a ref. Did he think he could get by with this. He was one on one and very easy for ref to throw flag.

  5. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Cannot wait for all-22 analysis later. Collingsworth pointed to the niners undisciplined LB’s leaving their underneath zones to swarm Gurley, who broke Bo’s arm tackle to get down to our 20 yard line.

    He showed how it should be done, using Rams LB’s as the example. Need Reuben Foster back and get Ray Ray back on the bench.

    Later Barron made a great tackle of Hyde, alone and stopping a huge gain.

  6. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Prime Time says:
    September 22, 2017 at 10:07 am
    I love how Grant absolutely blasted the Thomas pick.
    It’s exactly what I’ve been saying about him.
    Too small, not violent and a wasted pick.
    The small arms make him look like a T-Rex.

    Later Prime says long armed OT own him. Thomas disappeared last night.

  7. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “The 39 points scored by the 49ers are the team’s highest point total since October 2013.”

  8. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    “Through three games San Francisco has managed just three sacks, all of them coming in their Week 2 loss to Seattle. Only three teams — the Buccaneers, Dolphins and Jets — have fewer, and two of them, Tampa Bay and Miami, have played just one game so far this season because of Hurricane Irma. The 49ers and Rams are the only teams to have played three contests.”

    Above from Barrows. Last three #1 picks on DL. Homer’s are the only ones going to stadium. Like politics, like football. Rest of country got it. I see a lot of Cali plates out here in ND. Phuck you Cali.

  9. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:


    There is light at the end of the tunnel. Recovery takes time. You could be a Jets fan.

  10. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    If I lived in ND, I’d probably be jealous of Californians, too.

  11. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Probably any other state in the country would be better than ND.

  12. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    One of my sisters lived up there for ten years. Never recovered from the experience.

  13. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    King oil transformed northwest ND. A blue-collar mecca. Young guys drilling and frac crews and some trucking. Us old guys it is trucking.

    Otherwise the state is ag based. In oil patch no welfare. No parasites in need of big govt. Lots of money and refugees from failed states.

  14. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, worked in Silicon Valley and involved in the microchip revolution, hardware and software. Now in the shale oil and gas revolution.

    Out of porous shale rock, oil and gas trapped by impermeable rock above it released by sand proppant opening up fractures allowing escape and capture. Fine, uniform sand with no sharp edges mined in upper Midwest and railed out to sand depots for us truckers.

    Infrastructure. Building and rebuilding of roads from heavy bigrig traffic and cold winters. Lots of high paying, blue collar jobs.

    Lots of uncompleted wells, drilled 2 miles down with 2 miles plus of laterals and left cased and cemented. Oil prices finally recovered enough that the next step of fracking the laterals with sand slurries at 10,000 psi through holes in the casing going like mad out here in ND, TX, NM, and OK.

    There is even recoverable oil in the Monterey shale. Gotta go now and blow off my sand.

  15. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, the total population might hit the million mark in another fifty years – or not. Good place to freeze to death while having a smoke on the porch.

  16. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    In the tradition of Jim Harbaugh….

    Who’s planning to visit North Dakota in the next 20 years?

  17. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Trump has bigger problems than making comments on firing players who don’t stand for the National Anthem.
    The issue was tepid until Trump poured gasoline on the fire.

    Owners such as Kraft, Khan Rooney and York have spoken out against Trump.

    The entire Steeler team will stay in the locker room and not take the field until after the anthem is played.


    Perhaps Trump should pay more attention to North Korea and helping those Americans suffering from hurricane damage in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

  18. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Yeah, will never ever be a tourist magnet.

    Since the Dakota Access Pipeline, along with a few others I just don’t see any half to a full mile oil trains anymore. Seems what is left are going to west coast refineries.

    An article on that.


  19. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Just a suggestion: Comments about Trump vs the NFL are (unfortunately) topical today. General political crap is not.

  20. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Bengals, Browns, Chargers, Giants and 49ers enter Week 4 as the NFL’s only winless teams.”

  21. winderNo Gravatar says:

    yeah and out of those 5 teams only the Niners are playing above the predictions of many, All the others just suck.

  22. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    CLE missing Myles Garrett so far with ankle injury? DeShone Kizer rookie QB. They will have more wins than us. In 2018 they have two 1sts, two 2nds, and two 3rds.

  23. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Naturally, Carradine finally starts to play decent and instead he ends up on IR.

  24. NJ49erNo Gravatar says:

    Only a temporary assignment from I’m seeing Skeebs.
    Both he, and Blair, should be available later in the year?
    See how that shakes out in due time….

  25. ChucklesNo Gravatar says:

    Huh. I feel like Colin Kaepernick. Silenced by the man and you are still Skkkeeebers letting Bakkken post his racist shit,

  26. ChucklesNo Gravatar says:

    Right, Tom. The NBA isn’t attracting huge crowds and garnering attendance records.


    If you think the NFL attendance and viewership is down because of Kaepernick and the like, then you are sadly deluded. QB play for one thing has been iffy at best.

    Throw in penalties, interminable reviews, delays, more penalties, commercials up the wazoo, and there you have it. A watered down sport.

    Calling the protests ‘antics’ is yet another condescending bullshit ploy by you and your kkkin.

  27. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Monday Night Football ratings up for the season, way up for Week 3.”

  28. ChucklesNo Gravatar says:

    Were they burning Ray Rice jerseys after he punched his GF unconscious, Tom? Or Greg Hardy after he was convicted of felony abuse?

    No, they were cheered by their respective teams. Yay! Misogyny is fine. Smacking the bitch around is as American as apple pie and tiki torches.

    Were they burning Dontae Stallworth jerseys after he ran over and killed a pedestrian while he was drunk? Of course not. Drunk driving is the American way. How about Leonard Little? Or Pacman Jones? He of the 3-strikes-and-well-here’s-a-few-more-chances-and-you’re-still-in policy.

    Point being, you choose to draw the line at a silent protest? That’s mighty white of you.

  29. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck, you and Skeebs and Bullit and … go back into your left wing bubble. You don’t get it and never will. I could rebut and argue with you bubble boys but it is just wasted effort and Skeebs will censor all of it.

  30. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Anybody who thinks Bullit and/or me are in the same bubble as Chuck has not been paying much attention or has a serious reading comprehension issue.

  31. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Skeebs, you censor a lot of my stuff and allowed LGBTQ Chuck to spread his left wing crap here. You sympathize with him, and just a milder form of lefty.

    Does Chuck wear dresses, ask him to model a few as the price of being allowed to post here.

  32. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    You haven’t been paying attention.
    How many times has Chuckles accused me of being you?

    That’s outright stupidity on Chuckles part but also shows you’re posting with your head up something.

  33. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Sorry, Tom, but you’re full of shit. I censor your political stuff, which you can’t seem to help inserting into a whole lot of your comments, despite my repeated requests not to bring politics to this blog. Chuck hasn’t posted here in nearly two years, and only recently replied to one of your posts.

    Actually, you and Chuck are the peas in a pod, each of you exhibiting blind, black and white allegiance to all things right or left.

  34. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    And your cheesy remark about dresses, a tactic Chuck uses a lot, says more about you than it does about Chuck.

  35. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Chuck maligned me on his board, just returning the favor. Dems gotta wear LGBTQ loud and proud when attacking my side.

  36. winderNo Gravatar says:

    It’s hard not to compartmentalize people into groups but it’s foolish to do so. The world is far to big and the varying needs of it are the motivation for it’s actions and beliefs. Thank God for the laws of nature. Mother nature has it’s own way of separating the wheat from the chaff. Anyway, enough of that $h^t.

    I believe we are gonna finally win a game. AZ looks beatable and I think they are ripe for the plucking this week

  37. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I am he as you are he as you are me and we are all together.
    See how they run like pigs from a gun, see how they fly.
    I’m crying.

    Sitting on a cornflake, waiting for the van to come.
    Corporation tee-shirt, stupid bloody Tuesday.
    Man, you been a naughty boy, you let your face grow long.
    I am the egg man, they are the egg men.
    I am the walrus, coo coo cachoo.

    We are all Spartacus.

  38. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Comment on the internet:

    I was at the Bills-Broncos game

    The booing as they lined up (and did their kneeling, holding hands, whatever gestures) , before the national anthem, was very loud and lasted about 1 minute, until the start of the anthem.

    Did this happen at every Sunday game? Also read that TV was instructed to avoid the fans in the stands just prior to the anthem.

  39. 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