The Silence of the Lambs

In a game that started pretty badly for the Niners, they managed to get it in gear and trounce the hornless Rams 35-11. Encouraging was the fact that the offense opened up once Frank Gore got some touches and the passing game started having some success for a few drives. The bad news? Well, it was the Rams. A team that seemed to be on the rise due to their 4-1-1 record vs the NFC West last year. These days, after ditching Danny Amendola and Stephen Jackson, thay are as toothless as a baby lamb. The defense is getting regularly shredded up the middle, and the Niners were happy to oblige. To the tune of 216 on the ground. 158 courtesy of Mr. Gore.

The passing game clicked for a little while as Gore loosened up the Ram defense. Kappy had some big throws to Boldin, and VD made a couple plays. Baldwin even got into the act. McDonald has been providing some nice catches, and the Niners were able to get Kappy going early by adding in some rollouts and quicker passes to get him in rhythm. It ended up working out.

The defense was shakey early, giving up a few too many 3rd downs, but settled down nicely as NaVorro Bowman had a game for the ages. Tremaine Brock had a nice breakup that Donte Whitner picked off. Whitner though handed an interception right to Tavon Austin for a big mistake. In the end though, the offense struggled in the 2nd half with a Gore fumble and a bunch of 3-and-outs. Still and all, a road in on a short week will be gladly taken by this team. Rest up and scheme up for the upcoming Houston game in 10 days. At least for this weekend, I’m a Texan fan.

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51 Responses to The Silence of the Lambs

  1. Nipper says:

    I just wish the Lambs were playing outside. Then the Niners could make them eat the sod. Their team is a disgrace. I’m surprised that Coach tolerates such a poor team. Must be injuries to key players that puts the kibosh on his team.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Well, they have a pick from Wash next year and their own 1st to get another QB. Bradford is washing out. Losing Amendola and Jackson didn’t help.

    • Winder says:

      If they ever get their first rd picks right they would be dangerous, they have had so many the last few years. But just like the AJ pick you just never really know.

  3. NoFear49er says:

    Nipper’s right. Some key injuries really hurting them. The RT probably the worst. Also their guys that usually play like difference makers, Their DEs, Howie junior and the other guy, I can’t think of his name, on the other side, and Finnegan and Richardson and Sam Bradford all played like crap, at home. And hardly anything going to their new TE.

    But then looking at last Sunday they’ve got nothing on us for stinking it up at home.

    They’re a good team, better than they looked yesterday at least, and Fisher will get them back. Maybe without a couple of the assistants now on staff.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, the disgruntlement didn’t take too long to catch up to Brain Schottenheimer. He went from the Jets nightmare to now the least productive offense in the league. The Rams are officially in the Bridgewater race to the cellar.

  5. NJ49er says:

    Can the NYG stifle Alex yet again?
    Somehow I can’t the Giants losing 4 in a row, even in KC.

    I’m praying the Texans can help us out with a win at their place vs Seattle but, I’m thinking Seattle has the better Team.

    As a 9er Fan, I can only hope for them to lose.

    We looked fair on Thursday night, nothing special.
    Moving Kaep around was a minor adjustment, that gave him a half field to read.
    The running game gave us the missing balance and did allow some shots down the field however.
    He does need to stand tall and see the field better in order for this Offense to excel.

    Plenty of time for adjustments. We just need to keep winning.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Well, Hou is taking it to Seattle so far. Love to see Hou keep rolling. Wilson is getting no time. Wish we had an inside rush like Houston does.

    It’ll be interesting to see if Alex Smith can finish the job against the Giants.

    Also, RG 0-III gets his shot for win one vs the Raiders and Matty Flynn. The man who can’t buy a starting spot.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Sea’s line is battered. They can’t protect Wilson at all. 4 man rush and crowd noise a factor . .Hah!

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Houston is running out of bullets to shoot themselves in the feet with.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Schaub is looking like shit late.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Aaaaaaaaaaaaaand Fox switches to the Denver game? FUCK THAT!!!

  11. snarkk says:

    Seahawks may have just sealed the division…

  12. And Seattle wins 23-20 in OT. Best hope for a Wild Card now.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    24-41, 288 yards, 3 TDs 1 pick for young sir Alex.

  14. Flacco just threw his 5th pick and the Ravens lose to lowly Buffalo. Serioulsy. How the hell did we lose the SB to Joe fucking Flacco? Maybe it has something to do with our coach who likes to wear khakis. Shit. Jake from State Farm wears khakis. He couldn’t be any worse, and he’ll talk to ya at 3 in the morning.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    Fucking Kubiak gave it away. What a fool.

  16. Winder says:

    What a bunch of fuckwads the Texans are, you could see the choke starting long before the last breath. I thought Buffalo was gonna do the same thing but Flaco would have nothing of it.. If we lose the Texas next week it will really prove that we need to go back to the drawing board. And, last I heard the Raiders were winning. Parity is alive and well. except for the Jags, will they end up the London Jags or the LA Jags?

  17. 12th man says:

    Steelers meet fork. About forking time.

  18. NoFear49er says:

    Their D let Lynch and Wilson run in the fourth quarter and Schaub’s stupid desperation pass under three minutes to hand them a pick six and all the mo didn’t help. They killed the ‘Hawks all day but couldn’t finish. At least JJ has some gladiator footage for the teevee guys.

  19. unca_chuck says:

    The 4th down play was terrible by the Texans defense. The throws by Schaub were beyond rookie mistakes.

    • unca_chuck says:

      And we get to play these guys next week. We’d better bring the pressure. Schaub turns to jelly under a pass rush. I hate to say it but the Niners need to blitz. Bring the pressure early instead of our vanilla base defense. More often than not, they fall behind.

  20. As of this minute, the two starting QBs yet to throw an INT this yr are Peyton Manning and, wait for it, wait, wait some more…Jake Locker. And Locker just got carted off the field on a stretcher.

  21. Man, the Redskins are coughing up the ball and still losing to the Raiders. I guess Washington decided to get a head start on our government and shut down before they do early Tuesday morning.

    Only in America!

  22. NoFear49er says:

    Hard to beat QB statline: 28/34 327 4 0

    Not too shabby QB statline: 24/41 288 3 2

    Happy for Alex Smith. He really spread the ball around, too.

    • Winder says:

      Nofear – I’m really happy for him too not just because we might get a high rd pick, but because even though I was glad to see him go he proved to be a pretty good guy and a very tough football player.

  23. NoFear49er says:

    Hey Winder,

    I’m kinda happy to see the 2 INTs. I didn’t see those plays but maybe an indication that he’s loosening up a bit and having some fun.

    • Winder says:

      I saw em both and I gotta say they were textbook Alex. lol

    • twinfan1 says:

      nice to see you two. winder- give the man a break, he has a 3-1 td to int ratio since 2011.
      btw, i’m having another contest for the major league postseason. nice prize as always. join in, you don’t have to accept the prize, you just can play for bragging rights. the contest details are at the link below and craig will repost them this evening. the invitation is for all who post on chuck’s blog. he’s in. snarkk and flavor are in and several more. maybe i’ll do a comment here again next week. i’m trying to stay away other than a comment or two a week. and ‘vanilla’ is the word .

  24. twinfan1 says:

    anyone who remembers the ‘steel curtain’ will remember the great l.c. greenwood who has passed away at age 67 in pittsburgh, pa. he never made the hof but deserved to be there, imo.

  25. WilcoJoe says:

    Having watched the Texans up close for the last seven years, I have never seen a QB drop so quickly under pressure as Matt Schaub…He literally will fold into the fetal position, seconds before a defender lays a hand on him…I don’t think defenders should be credited with a sack, considering how quickly he takes to the turf….His decision making late in the game, is on par with a pop warner QB…If the Niners get any semblance of pressure on Schaub, this one is over early.

  26. WilcoJoe says:

    Btw, I met Matt Millen in the security line at Birmingham airport last weekend….Couldn’t have been a nicer guy…He was quite talkative for a quarter to six in the morning.

  27. NJ49er says:

    Pretty obvious, in the Houston game that, once Cushing went down, they couldn’t stop the run.
    Same issues they had last year when Cushing was out.
    Let’s plan on bringing pressure and another solid ground attack next weekend at the ‘Stick.
    We have to keep pace with Seattle, and common opponents, as well as overall records.

    Hope the OT session and back-to-back travel weeks slow them down for Indy too.

    • NJ49er says:

      We’d better have some CBs show up for this one too.
      Seattle’s Secondary had their hands full covering TEs, though they did do a decent job on Andre and the WRs in general.

      Like our chances on our field with the extra rest, while they played an extra OT frame and have to travel.

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