Rubber Meets the Road

Before getting injured, Cam Newton led Carolina to an 0-2 record. Then Kyle Allen took over and the Panthers won four straight.

Newton is reportedly more or less healthy now, but HC Ron Rivera will apparently roll the dice this weekend with Allen. The old ride the hot hand bit.

Maybe it doesn’t matter who  plays QB for the Panthers right now, since Christian McCaffrey represents just about their whole offense this season. Not that he can’t be stopped. Against the Bucs, he had 22 carries for just 37 yards. Not even two yards per carry.

This game marks the end of the wimp part of the schedule and the beginning of tough games. The only game left on the schedule that’s a lay down is Atlanta in December. The other nine games are all against teams with winning records. All except the 3-3-1 Cardinals, a division foe that beat the Niners twice last year.

Carolina has a ninth rated defense and twelfth rated offense. A legitimately good team. A loss to them would put a serious crimp in the league wide bandwagon forming that thinks the 49ers are contenders. It would put a crimp in our own notions, too.

If the Panthers depend heavily on McCaffrey to open up their offense, the Niners lean just as much on George Kittle to make their passing game go. The rest of the WRs hardly register on the NFL richter scale. To that end, the team just traded for Emmanuel Sanders.

Emmanuel means (loosely) “savior” in Hebrew. That might be a stretch, but Sanders is a proven receiver who gets open and almost never drops a pass. He was lost in Denver, where they are trying to play a whole season with nobody worth a shit at QB. He’s probably thrilled to join the Niners. All he has to do is stay healthy for the passing game to improve. Hopefully, he’ll make an impact this Sunday.

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30 comments on “Rubber Meets the Road
  1. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Win or lose I doubt we get much respect in this one. I imagine Kwon’s gonna be on McCaffery for most of the game. Caro does have a good team but I think we take this one.

  2. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Sunday is supposed to be on the windy side. 15-20mph gusts.

    I just hope PG&E doesn’t get ridiculous and shut off power because it’s windy.

    Are we going back to the Dark Ages where there will be no power every time the wind blows above 35 mph?

  3. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Like all good Socialist countries, Komrades.

  4. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Two eman’s on team now. One on each side of the ball.

  5. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    “Emmanuel Sanders has yet to drop a pass this season.”

    Great. That ought to jinx him. He’ll drop the first one Garoppolo throws to him. If he drops a bunch more, he might catch up to Pettis.

  6. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Does anyone know why KS was disappointed with Pettis earlier this year?

    Could be BS but someone elsewhere mentioned from an insider that FO is receptive to trade offers for Pettis. Does he hear footsteps and avoids big hits?

  7. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Like your guy Duvernay Bullit.
    I’d take him over Pettis right now.
    Bakkentom I see the same.
    Pettis is a diva

  8. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Deebo over Pettis
    No hesitation

  9. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Another example of a college game not transfering over to the pro’s. I think it happens with WR’s more than any other position. At least it seems that way to me.

  10. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    I held off in posting jonnydel on Eman Sanders. How he is able to turn the defenders hips before he makes the cut.

    These WR’s must be able to pre- and post-snap read of the D, and in sync with the QB, to get seperation.

    CB’s and smallish WR’s need courage to play this game. KS needs blocking from all skill players on O. Those two positions are most likely to get injured. Wonder why Mathews keeps getting cut, 6’3″ 215 lbs.

  11. NJ49ERNo Gravatar says:

    Agree Winder
    Deebo reminds me of Anquan
    Doesn’t mind contact.
    Looks for it

  12. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    D changed this year. Wide 9, speed of LB’s, and disguising of coverages with both safeties out out of the box.

  13. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    FS1 and Greg Jennings on Eman Sanders.

  14. winderNo Gravatar says:

    Going up against a Norv Turner offense with the best RB in the league is gonna be a huge challenge for our defense. I just hope Saleh and crew can figure out how to stop it. I was just thinking that Turner made a very young Alex Smith look pretty damn good in his second year. And, once he left well we all know the history of that.

  15. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    What’s the wind situation in Santa Clara today? It’s crazy up in Fairfield; 30ish mph sustained with some gusts up 70 or 80 as lovely Vallejo burns. Could be the second week in a row that weather plays a major factor. Both passing and field goals again could be problematic.

  16. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Inactive today:

    WR Marquise Goodwin is not available due to a personal/family situation.

    Other inactives:
    QB C.J. Beathard
    DT Jullian Taylor

    FB Kyle Juszczyk (knee)
    RT Mike McGlinchey (knee)
    CB Ahkello Witherspoon (foot)
    T Joe Staley (fibula).

  17. SkeebersNo Gravatar says:

    Pretty quick dividends from Sanders.

  18. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Nice drive. Shanahan can really run circles around people with his play calling. He just needs to remember not to get too cute.

  19. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    It is Nick Bosa/Tevon Coleman Day in Santa Clara as the Niners are crushing the Panthers. Bosa just intercepts and the Niners are goal to go.

    I’ll say it now. Niners definitely a playoff team and a Super Bowl contender.

  20. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    I knew just getting a pass rush would make us a lot better. But i never thought we’d come this far, this fast.

  21. bullitNo Gravatar says:


    It’s windy throughout the Bay Area and I used to work 4 blocks from where they built Levis and the wind comes up big in the afternoon but apparently it’s not a factor for the Niners as they lead by 31.

  22. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    We’ve got five rushing TDs – hardly needed the pass today.

  23. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    229 rushing yards and 5 TDs with two minutes to go.

    Total domination.

  24. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Remember the discussion on who to choose at #2. Murray was benched today by the Cars. They might be regretting not taking Bosa with their first pick.

    Bosa or Quinnen Williams. Bosa has 7 sacks and Williams 0 sacks and has only played in 4 games because he’s been hurt. No question who was the right choice now and I think for the long term.

  25. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    Staley might play against Cards on Thurs.
    Now with Staley back do they kick Skule over to start at RTMcGlinchey is supposed to return 11/11 against the Seahags.

  26. Grumpy GuyNo Gravatar says:

    Brunskill has not been exactly terrible at RT. They might just leave him there until McGlinchey is ready to go.

    Bosa is a good character guy in addition to what he is doing on the field. He was absolutely the right pick.

  27. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    The secondary improved and has been solid when Ward took over at Safety and Mosely has emerged as an above average CB and very capable . When Witherspoon returns the secondary will be an improved unit.

  28. bullitNo Gravatar says:

    From Wagoner of ESPN
    “Nick Bosa mentioned today that DeForest Buckner could get credit for 2 of his 3 sacks and how they’ve set each other up for sacks”

    Deja vu again?
    Reminds me of when Justin Smith unselfishly set up Aldon Smith to get his sacks.

  29. bakkentomNo Gravatar says:

    Technique down so well in college Bosa’s post-contact moves are instinctual. Able to absorb and incorporate everything that Kocurek and Kiffin teach.

    Everyone healthy. LAR with Gurley and now J.J. Watt with HOU have high dollar stars chronicly injured.

    This is the year.

  30. 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