The Edge of the Playoffs – Rams Moving Back to LA????

Here we are, in the midst of our mini-bye week, preparing for what would be a playoff clinching win for the San Francisco 49ers. A situation the 49ers haven’t been in since the Jeff Garcia/Steve Mariucci days of 2002. Pretty much the last gasp of the Eddie DeBartolo era. Hard to believe that the Niners can clinch this early. I certainly thought the Niners could win the division this year, just not so dramatically. As I said before the season started, 8-8 was a legit shot to win the NFC West. As it is now, the Niners could crash and burn, yet still win handily.

The first and foremost task at hand is to beat the St Louis Rams. The team who was touted as the division winners has staggered through a disaster of a season around a tough schedule, myriad injuries, and a coaching staff that is struggling for any kind of consistency. Sam Bradford, the up-and-coming QB of their future, is getting beaten and battered behind a makeshift line, and fans there are worried about his state of mind. He’s coming off a lingering ankle injury, but it looks like he’ll play. Josh McDaniels seems hell-bent on not utilizing Bradford’s skill-set, and is laying to waste a program that was supposedly poised for great things. The Rams are now the lowest scoring team in the league, and McDaniels is catching most of the heat for it. After last week’s 24-7 loss to Seattle, and their measly 185 yards of offense, Bradford sat alone at his locker for 20 minutes, in full uni, collecting his thoughts on what was another dismal offensive performance.

Well, tough shit, guys. There’s a game to play and a division to clinch. The season marches on, and you guys were waylaid outof the gate much like last year’s 49ers. What a difference a year makes. The hope is the Niners can beat their shakey line like a drum and shut down their anemic offense one more time. Let’s get this division sewn up, get the regulars out, and healthy up for the playoffs.

Except for the Pittsburgh game, all we have left are division games, and these games all mean something to ensure a bye week to open the playoffs. NO is a game behind San Francisco, so we need to keep them there. Winning conference games is the way to keep NO behind the 49ers should they end up tied in the standings.

I see 3-2 as our worst-case scenario. This would put us at 12-4. NO would have to win out their string (to get to 13-3) to get the bye. Frankly, this is good news for SF. It’s better to be playing games that have some sort of meaning instead of coasting into the playoffs starting now. Granted, by the time the last game vs the Rams comes up, guys like Gore, Edwards, and even Alex should get, if not the day off, then get some rest.

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69 Responses to The Edge of the Playoffs – Rams Moving Back to LA????

  1. unca_chuck says:

    From Matt barrows of the Sac Bee, a very interesting scenario.

    One where the Jags move from Jacksonville to St Louis, and St Louis moves back to LA.

    That would make too much sense from a rivalry and travel standpoint, and it would rival the situation where the Colts and the Rams traded owners back in 1972. Carroll Rosenbloom, owner of the Colts, and Robert Irsay, the new owner of the Rams decided to trade teams due to Rosenbloom’s problems with Memorial Stadium in Baltimore, and Irsay’s desire to buy a team (at the time, the LA Rams). The move was a condition of Irsay purchasing the Rams. This move ended up being the impetus for Irsay’s midnight run to Indianapolis 12 years later, due to the same problems. Funny thing is, Rosenbloom ran into the same stadium issues in LA as he had gone through in Baltimore. He wanted to move the team to Anaheim after being dissatisfied with the LA Coliseum, because of its location and its decrepitude. The move was made, but after his death.

    Then there was the Georgia show, and the move to St Louis in 1995 . . .

  2. Kevin says:

    Chron reporting that ex Oakland Raider and current Stanford assistant coach Chester McGlockton just passed away age 42

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Ndamukong Suh is appealing his 2-game suspension. NFLPA appeals officer Art Shell is expected to make his decision before this weekend’s game, so there’s hope that he can play vs NO. Maybe they’ll postpose the suspension a week, and knock it down a game.

    Which would be good news for the Niners and the Lions. Not so good for the Saints.

    • barleyfreak says:

      I doubt it will matter. The Saint are gonna kick the Lion’s ass.

      I would love to see the Rams in LA again. They will always be the LA Rams to us anyway. And I like the travel cut down angle.

      Speaking of kicking ass, I think we will kick theirs this weekend. 34-6.

    • Flavor says:

      Fuck Suh, he should get an EXTRA game just for that pathetic news conference after the game. Is he just stupid? Anyone can look at the tape and see that he is shoving the guy’s head into the ground, repeatedly, and that the stomp was a stomp, not some retarded attempt to extricate himself from the situation (as he claimed)……

  4. Flavor says:

    Looks like “field day” time for the Niners this week. I’m setting the O/U on number of times Bradford is sacked at 5.5

  5. grumpyguy says:

    The 49ers ought to come out thoroughly pissed after their Thanksgiving disappointment and slaughter the Lambs. 38-0 would be nice.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Hey, Suh’s a bright guy. He just happens to be an idiot when he gets out on the field.

    Suspend him for 5 games. I don’t care. Still and all, I would like to see him beat the crap out of Drew Brees this weekend.

    The Saints indoors are tough to beat. Outdoors is a different story. . . . Which is where the Niners need to face them. So, we need all the help we can get. Which is where Suh comes into the picture. . .

  7. snarkk says:

    Imperative that the Niners get home field bye in POs, since they must only face Saints at the Stick. Niners cannot beat Saints on the rug in the Dome. At the Stick, I think they can do it. Saints aren’t the same team outside on grass…

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Man, looks like Edwards might be out a bit. Get Williams out ther goddamn it.

    Or shit, sign Jason Hill. he just got released.

  9. barleyfreak says:

    If Edwards is out we’ll probably see more Ginn too. I have zero confidence in him as a WR. Might catch one by accident now and then. Maybe Swain has a big day. Maybe not. Go Williams.

    Also — I rag on Rachal, but Davis got mean man on man too. He can’t let himself go to freaking pieces just because Turnstile is next to him. A few of em have been on him — not line calls.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Huh, Viking are set to release Donovan McNabb today.

    Off to the Bears? Back to Philly? Delhomme was signed by the Texans last night, so tey are out.

  11. Del Mar Dennis says:

    McNabb is available? The Niners should snag him and start ’em in the playoffs. Then they might have a slight chance in beating the Saints. Might.

    I see that the “Poker Brat” Phil Hellmuth, watched the beginning of yesterday’s practice. That figures. One guy who’s known for folding on the green felt watching a quarterback who’s known for folding on the green turf.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    McNabb, of course, was one of many QBs who should have been pursued by the Niners this offseason. Let’s see. Kevin Kolb, Kyle Orton, Hasselbeck, Marc Bulger, Jake Delhomme, Brett (dear God) Favre, and the ghost of Johnny Unitas were all put forward as guys who would be better than Alex Smith.

    McNabb certainly wasn’t on my list. But I was pretty good with going after Kevin Kolb. Ouch. Not much there. Flynn out of GB was another of mine. Who jknows what would have happend had they come, but as it is now, the Niners are the ones looking like they made the right decision.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Still think Josh Johnson ends up here some how some way.

  14. phil fan says:

    Scoring predictions VS Rams:

    34-6 Niners barleyfreaks
    38-0 Niners grumpyguy
    30-10 Niners phil

    Few days til the game ; just want to consolidate these now to keep track.

    grumpyguy also has O/U on Bradford sacks @ 5.5
    IF he plays, prolly same for Feely?

    • phil fan says:

      Flavor not grumpyguy w/ the O/U on sacks against Rams

    • phil fan says:

      I’ll update this on the next post “Game Day” from chuck, just storing them here for now:

      27-17 Niners twinfan1
      33-10 Niners snarkk

      I notice Del Mar has made no prediction for this one. Come on Del, it’s the mighty Rams!

  15. unca_chuck says:

    35-3 . . .

    6 sacks . . .

  16. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Raiders linebacker Rolando McClain has been arrested for discharging a firearm within city limits, third degree assault, menacing, and reckless endangerment after an incident Wednesday night in his Alabama hometown.

    Dead Al would be so proud.

    • phil fan says:

      Nice. This will open the door for the Bronks and you know who to rush in and snatch the AFC West crown.

      LOL. And a cheerful G’mornin to ya Del!

  17. Del Mar Dennis says:

    How the hell are all you guys predicting 30+ pts for an offense that ranks 26th and its pass offense an even worse 29? You guys must be banking on a couple returns from Ted Ginn and a Pick 6 from P. Willy. No way in hell can Alex Smith put up 30+ on his own. Rams or otherwise.

  18. unca_chuck says:

    Shaun fucking Hill put 35 on these guys a few years ago. ]

    I think he was responsible for 14 points.

    You do the math, skippy . . .

  19. unca_chuck says:

    What McClain allegedly did was hold a gun to some guy’s head, turn the gun, and then fire it.

    You know, Alabama’s version of chicken.

    • snarkk says:

      In Alabama, that get’s you about a decades’s worth of daily “good morning, asshole”, from Strother Martin’s laughing cousin and his buddy with mirrored glasses rockin’ a street sweeper…

  20. unca_chuck says:

    Seattle put 24 on the Rams with no discernable offense.

  21. Del Mar Dennis says:

    How’s this for shits and giggles…there’s a damn good chance that Tim Tebow makes the Pro Bowl this year. Alex? He’ll have to buy a first-class ticket from Hawaiian Airlines to go see Tebow play.

    “I don’t care who ya’ are, that’s funny right there”

  22. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Friendly FF Reminder: Eagles @ Puget Sound tonight. Plan accordingly.

    I plan to dump my FF team in Puget Sound. According to Hoyle.

  23. barleyfreak says:

    Rams get shit on offense.
    We get 4 sacks.
    We give up 3.
    Ginn gets some good yardage on some of their 8 punts.
    Smith throws for 204 yds and a TD to Walker and Crabtree
    Gore runs for 134 (on just 14 carries) and a TD
    Hunter runs for another 74 yds and a TD
    Akers gets a couple of FGs.

    There’s your 34 points Del.

    • Del Mar Dennis says:

      “Gore runs for 134 (on just 14 carries) and a TD”

      Correct me if I’m wrong Barley, but I do believe that Frank is on your FF team.
      ” Wishing and hoping and thinking and praying…”

  24. twinfan1 says:

    Who provided that VIP link to Thursday night football? I hope it blows up your computer and everybody in the room with it.

    • Del Mar Dennis says:

      Your cable Co. doesn’t offer the NFL Net? That’s a pisser. I’d feel naked w/o it. Even more bare if I didn’t get the NFL Red Zone. That Ch. is a must for when the Niner game isn’t on.

      • twinfan1 says:

        It’s Mediacom, they suck. They sent me a mailer offering it (at last). So I call and get it all set and the girl goes “Wait, it’s not available in your area..”:

      • unca_chuck says:

        And I thought Comcast sucked . . .

      • Del Mar Dennis says:

        Comcast does suck. I spend all morning and part of this afternoon trying to resolve a phone issue. My Caller ID still doesn’t work to my satisfaction. I need to be able to discern from the few people who call me in the first place those who are assholes, and those who are really assholes.

  25. unca_chuck says:

    Gawd, Philly is a total disaster. They couldn’t be any more screwed than they already are. All the huge FA signings, the $100 million contract to puppy killer, and a coach who is definitely gone leads to a team in total disarray. DSJ is sitting by himself on the sidellines, not even bothering to watch.
    It is crazy how fast things can change in the NFL. 6 months ago, the Niners and Cincy are considered abject garbage with little hope, Seattle and StL are on the rise, and Indy and Philly are the cream of the NFL crop. Now? Wow.

    • Del Mar Dennis says:

      Are you implying that Andy Reid gets shit-canned after this disastrous year?

      I beg to differ. I think he gets another year to put together all the “talent” that they paid for this year. Howie Roseman, the recently anointed “GM” will be made the “Escaped Goat.”

  26. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Nnamdi leaves the game for Eagles. That 5-yr/$60M deal isn’t looking so hot now. Shit. We got Rogers on a 1-yr deal for $4M. Chalk one up for Baalke…

    But I’m still pissed that Jed called it a “nation-wide search” for our next GM. I’ll forgive that little Napoleon if he would grab a goddamn shovel and just start digging down in Santa Clara. Enough of this BS. Start digging…

  27. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Seattle is beginning to take the Eagles to their Puget Sound woodshed. Our Christmas Eve Day matchup is beginning to look all the more daunting. That USC cheating fuck Carroll, isn’t gonna hold anything back. And God forbid if it’s raining the day Santa and his reindeer are making ready their sleigh…

    • unca_chuck says:

      The hope is that the Niners have a 2 game lead on NO by then, and the game won’t mean squaT. . .

      • Del Mar Dennis says:

        That’s the hope. But the Saint’s are on a roll. They must be butter. Check that. Drew Brees and Co. are on “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!” roll. I’m not banking on a NO loss from here on out. That gives our Niners one L to play with. Two L’s and we’re playing Wild Card Weekend.

        And I know the only two conceivable losses are home vs the Steelers and at Seattle. But at ARZ and at STL with them trying to knock our blocks offs won’t be any picnics…

  28. Del Mar Dennis says:

    How’s this for a FF boast…David Hawthorne to the house with a Pick 6!

    Yes, that helped my FF team immeasurably. Without the Puppy Killer healthy enough to start tonight, ‘Faithful started Puppy Killer Lite (V. Young) vs my team. Hey, Houdini! What’s your next great trick? Make VY only throw 3 INTs instead of the 4 like the he threw tonight? 😀

  29. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Who woulda ever thunk that the most ingratiating Christmas song would come from a couple named Elmo & Patsy? We’ve all had too much eggnog too drink, but when it comes to Grandma, you beg her not to go. Without further ado, sing it Grandpa…

  30. snarkk says:

    Seattle looked pretty good. But, then they were playing the pathetic Eagles. No way Lynch is going to run wild on the Niner front 7 like that. I’m laughing now at Philly. First the Phills crater again in the POs, now the Eagles barely get out of the barn before going over a cliff — over and over. Couldn’t happen to a better fan base. I’ll say again — if they fire Reid, half a dozen teams will be after him in a heartbeat…

  31. unca_chuck says:

    Well, a Seattle loss would have clinched the division for the Niners, but there will be no backing into this. Weird thing is, if there wasn’t a lockout this preseason, Alex Smith could have very well ended up on the Seahawks. I’m sure Pete Carroll would prefer him to TJ or the NO Whitey.

    Gotta wonder how shit would be now. Who would the Niners have gotten to QB?

  32. Del Mar Dennis says:

    Seattle looked half-ass OK last night. Maybe even more so. Lynch appears to be in full “beast mode.” And when Tavaris Jackson completes 81% of his passes and doesn’t turn the ball over he’s not half bad.

    Our Christmas Eve Day tussle with them up there in Seattle isn’t going to be any picnic. Add to the fact it’s a short week (play PIT Mon — Sat in SEA) and we’re going to have our hands full.

  33. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, another scheduling ‘fuck you’ to the Niners this year.

    Maybe next year they get a little respect. Or a Thursday night game in Green Bay after a Monday nighter at home.

  34. unca_chuck says:

    NO has 2 away games, but one of them is in Minnesota. The other one is in Tennessee, so they have one game remining on grass. If they are going to lose anywhere, it’ll be there.

    Maybe Detroit can get lucky.

    • grumpyguy says:

      Like Brees slips in the tub?

      Because with Suh out, and losing setting in, and morale in the crapper, I see no other luck but bad luck for the Lions this week.

  35. Del Mar Dennis says:

    What’s the deal with Sam Bradford? It’s sounding more and more likely that A.J. Feeley will get the start at QB for the Rams on Sunday. A.J. Feeley vs Alex Smith? I can’t watch that shit. I’d rather be Christmas shopping in a crowded mall amongst screaming kids and their PMS mommies.

  36. twinfan1 says:

    See if if you can watch on the VIP channel. No one has fessed up to being the original source for that malware ridden scumbag site.

  37. grumpyguy says:

    Bradford doesn’t have much of a deep arm. He’s pretty accurate short to medium. He’d be a good classic WCO QB. McDaniels, however, wants more of a vertical game. He is calling plays for the QB he wants, rather than the one he has.

    Arrogance and stupidity, in one convenient package. How nice… Unless you’re a Ram fan.

  38. snarkk says:

    I’ll go 33-10 Niners over Rams…

  39. twinfan1 says:

    This is probably the Ram’s Super Bowl. 27-17 Niners.

  40. unca_chuck says:

    I thought AJ Feely was playing this Sunday . . .

  41. unca_chuck says:

    Well, Bradford was ‘limited’ in practice. . .

  42. twinfan1 says:

    “Raiders starting middle linebacker Rolando McClain was arrested Thursday in his hometown of Decatur, Ala., for allegedly assaulting an individual, holding a gun to the victim’s head and firing a shot next to his ear”
    McClain says he thought that only carried a 15 yard penalty,…

  43. snarkk says:
    For such a momentous announcement, it appears to me a little thin on detail …

  44. unca_chuck says:

    new post

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