Beyond our own big roadie coming up, there are a bunch of interesting and important games this weekend for the Forty Niners. The big ones in our realm are Green Bay at Chicago and Seattle at Buffalo. Green Bay is half a game behind us for the 2 seed in the NFL, and Chicago is 1.5 back, It would be great to see Chicago beat GB but Cutler usually reserves his shittiest games for GB, and Brandon Marshall is usually nullified by their defense. Green Bay is on fire, and the Bears appear to be a mere blip in their quest to garner the #2 seeding.
Even more compelling is the Seattle Buffalo game. Seattle is 1.5 back in the NFC West chase, but can pass the Niners fairly easily should the Niners falter. Their game in Buffalo (5-8) shouldn’t be near as tough as the NE game for SF is, but Seattle doesn’t travel too well. Should the Niners lose and Seattle win, the game next week will be for the NFC West crown, and would guarantee the Niners play a game on wildcard weekend.
With the Falcons playing the Giants, the Niners could concievably get to .5 of the #1 seed with a win over NE and a Falcons loss. Atl is coming off a galling loss to Carolina, and still have Deetoit on the road and TB at home. Their season could go in any number of directions. They can’t lose their division title, but they could easily slip to the WC round. Same with the Giants. They are Jeckyll and Hyding themselves through another up-and-down season. They hope now is the time they turn it on, though they did lose to RG III and the Skins a couple weeks ago. The Skins and the Boys are both a game back, Washington has Cleveland on the road, and the Boys have Pittsburgh coming to their house.
And, shit, the Minnesota St Louis game could be big. The Rams have crept up to 6-6-1 in the standings and have an outside shot of getting into the WC mix. As do the Vikings. The loser of this game is toast. In the AFC we have the AFC North leading Ravens vs the AFC West leading Denver Mannings. Denver is trying to sneaks its way past NE to the #2 seed, but we’ll see. Lots of Denver fans are becoming Niner fans this weekend. No matter how galling that is for them.
Great weekend for football. Lots of big games. Leading up to the Monday night thriller of The Jets vs the Titanzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz . . . . . .