The (Bird) House of Cards

Game 6 is arriving, along with a flock of mangy birds. The Cardinals come to town on a bit of a surprising roll. They are equal with the Niners at just past the 1/4 pole with a 3-2 record, which includes a loss to the Rams but a win over Detroit, and a shellacking at the hands of N’Orlans. So, where does that leave the Niners? Well, they’ve had a tough schedule so far, and they’ve managed to come out battered, a bit scarred, and in some legal trouble. Aldon Smith may become the forgotten superstar in the very near future if he doesn’t get some sense into his head.

VD is getting healthier, and Patrick Willis says he feels ‘great’ after Wednesday’s practice. He’s not 100% but he feels he can go. As with last week, a game-time decision. This game is kinda hard to figure. The Niners should be able to stomp these guys at home. But teams that have done what they can to stop the run have fared pretty well. I don;t think their defense is near a good as Indy’s or Seattle’s though. Surprisingly, AZ is 22 against the pass, and 6th against the run. I think they stop the run so well because teams are lighting them up through the air.

I don;t know. I haven’t seen them play at all this yer, and really Ichabod Palmer is their QB? He’s been sacked 12 times, which is a vast improvement over recent AZ teams, so they must be doing something good up front. Still and all, AZ is 23rd at rushing, and 22nd in passing, 27th overall. Consistently mediocre. Not that the Niners are blowing doors offensively, but they are 6th in rushing at least. Both these teams rely on their defenses to keep them close. The Niners are 8th yards allowed, AZ 16th. However, AZ is half a point better at points allowed at 19 per game.

Frankly, this game should be treated much like the Green Bay game. Air it out early and often. Let’s try to generate a passing game that doesn’t look like the 5 yard out/WR bubble screen offense of 3 years ago. Time to just see if they can get Baldwin to go deep and go after the ball. Yes, we are going to run. But I want to see some shots downfield. This safety first offense leaves little to be desired. Take some chances to at least show that you can.

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13 Responses to The (Bird) House of Cards

  1. snarkk says:

    It’s very unfortunate that Patton broke his foot. He could be using the next month of games to get some reps against lesser squads. He looks like he has a shot to be a decent receiver. As for Baldwin, at least he gets on the field. That’s an improvement over Jenkins…

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah. Patton may have to wait for Roman to leave to get a real shot . . .

  3. So now Chuck is calling for Roman to be ousted as well? The line starts back there, pal. Good luck gettin’ rid of the worthless shit, however. Who wants ‘em now?

    I e-mailed TF with my LCS picks. I was 4 fer 4 in the LDS, btw. But I didn’t have any of the exact games right. Oh well. I have both the Sox and Cards winning in six. That makes for 66. Great year for Dom Pérignon and those born with the name Dennis.

    • unca_chuck says:

      See, I never vote with my head. I vote with my heart. The only one I didn’t vote my heart was Boston. Therefore 1-3. If I had voted how i think they would have gone, I’d a been 4-0.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    It may not matter Dennis. I think he’s gone either way.

    With your IQ of 6 that makes you legion. 666. The number of the beast.

  5. Irish Kevin says:

    Yep, time to show that yes the Niners still have a passing game, dont’ load that front d line up just yet. make a D pay if they do.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    One can hope. I’ve been waiting for a more attacking passing game since Mooch left.

  7. snarkk says:

    I would love to see what Bill Walsh would have done with a talent like Kap. Of course, Bill would also have drafted and traded for some WRs that could actually get open and catch the ball…

  8. Chuck Jacobs is getting rave reviews from his teammates and coaches for his work mimicking the opponents best WR (Fitzgerald, Jordy Nelson, Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson, etc) throughout the yr on the scout team. Why not give CJ a shot? Could he be any worse?

  9. NJ49er says:

    Chuck I think this game could be a major trap if we’re not careful.
    AZ has some weapons on Defense, including the return of their suspended LB Daryl Washington.

    One thing that stands out is their ability to cover and get after the QB.
    Have to be careful in the PR return game with Peterson and Mathieu too.

    Good news for us?
    A hammy for LFitz could keep him out at best, slow him down at worst.
    Their OL isn’t that much better and, Carson is rarely seen leaving the pocket.

    I’d stick to the ground game as long as we can be successful with it and, wear their D out.

    Have to get this game no matter what.
    No mistakes, keep Kaep healthy.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    This game should be a fairly decisive victory. At least I hope so. AZ did beat Detroit, but I don;t think Detroit is on par with us, and we are starting to get a little bit healthier.

    The quick passing game needs to be worked on. This is a good game to try some new things out. If all else fails go back to what works.

    New thread is up.

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