Game 3 Sunday in Cincinnati and a golden opportunity to show Frank Gore that Moran Norris is holding him back, not pushing him forward. Norris has a bum ankle or foot and is out for this game. May his outness become permanent.
Rookie 7th round pick Bruce Miller will take Norris’ spot in the line up and hopefully keep it. A fullback with some playmaking skills has not been seen in 49ertown for many, many moons.
Game 3 also marks the 3rd installment in the Where’s Harbaugh saga. It was hoped that this saga would be a quick little short story, but we’re now into Chapter Three and the Eureka! moment has not yet been glimpsed. Good things are not often located in Cincinnati, for those citizens operating on the legal side of the law, so it could be we’ll be heading towards Chapter Four come Sunday night.
Dashon Goldson will be reclaiming his starting spot at free safety for this game, which may or may not be of any help to the secondary which was totally torched by the Cowboys in week two. The Bengals are not the Cowboys, so maybe we can keep the aerial assault flame to a reasonable flicker this week, Dashon or not Dashon.
Michael Crabtree will also be returning to action tomorrow and it would be nice to see him make some kind of impact and maybe at least make it through a whole game without limping off to the injury list yet again. Where’s Crab has become an ongoing sub-plot to the headline story in Ninerland going into it’s third season.
Another player to observe in this game will be Alex Smith. Where’s Alex is a question that may already have been answered, so it’s difficult to place this hunt in a real time scenario. It’s like looking for your glasses and eventually finding they were on top of your head all along.
Smith has generally performed well at home and not so hot on the road. Putting up a clunker tomorrow would do some serious damage to Harbaugh’s rehab efforts regarding Smith. At the rate Smith has been getting pounded through the exhibition season and two games into the real season, it may become a moot point. Colin Kaepernick is looking like a solid bet to get his first NFL action a whole lot sooner than next year, or even next game. More like any moment. Be sure to jot down in your diary where you were when Colin took the field, just in case a legend is born. No need to note what you were doing, unless you like to keep tabs on the brand of liquor you were consuming at any one point in history.
Where’s Aldon is still in it’s infancy and the excitement of the search has not yet been dulled by many false sightings. There is the wondrous feeling that any game now he will explode onto the NFL scene as a pass rusher extraordinaire. It would be okay if that occurred tomorrow, Aldon. What the heck?
Of course, overriding all these fun fan festivities there is the matter of winning this game. It appears to be a bit of a necessity, quite close to the MUST category, but not quite there just yet. Whether there’s any There any Where, get a W fellas. Find a way.