Well, the 49ers followed their ho-hum victory over Cleveland with a very similar effort against the Washington Redskins. A physical bashing of the Redskins. Lots of trah talking, and scuffles. Got to like the attitude on this team. The run game was solid, with Gore going over 100 yards for the 5th straight time. A 49er record. He now sits 149 yards behind Joe the Jet for the all-time 49er rushing leader. The passing game was spot-on again, as young Sir Alex completed 17/24 passes for 200 yards, a touchdown, and no picks for a 109.7 QBR on the day. As it stands, Gore is the 3rd leading rusher, and Smith is the 6th leading passer in the NFL for our 8th ranked (in pts scored) offense. The defense has 2 of the top 11 tacklers in Bowman and Willis, is #1 in points allowed, and #1 against the run. And, the Niners are 7-1 at the halfway mark.
And, here come the 6-2 Giants. They get to be the ones travelling across 3 time zones for a Sunday skirmish next weekend. Might have to hit Stub Hub for a couple tix. The Giants are 6th in passing yards, and 29th in rushing yards. Eli Manning is having a great season so far. One spot ahead of Smith with 2377 yards and 15 TDs against 6 picks. NY throws a lot, so expect to see some blitzes and a big day for Aldon Smith. NY’s defense is middle of the pack. 17th against the pass and 29th against the run. They do bring the pressure. Jason Pierre-Paul has 9.5 sacks, and Umenyiora has 6, and their wideouts Cruz and Nicks have been solid.
Again though, to me the Giants aren’t really all that spectacular. They’ve lost to Washington and Seattle. They barely squeaked by Miami at home last week, but won a tough game on the road vs NE, and they beat the resurgent Buffalo Bills. Their other wins? StL, Philly, and AZ. Yawwwwwn. They don’t travel nearly as much as the Niners, and they look to be sluggish to start off. The 49ers just need to keep following the script of getting ahead early, and letting the defense dictate the course of events. Force turnovers, and protect the football. I’d like to see a little more consistency in the offense, but the truth is, Cleveland and Washington are among the better defenses in the league, and there’s no shame in beating those teams. The 49ers have made their bones so far this year in beating some good teams, so I think they continue their winning ways.