Break Time

Here we are at the halfway mark, and the bye week, and the 49ers are fairly flying. 5 double-digit victories in a row, Stifling defensive performances, and a punishing run game has put the Niners back in the Super Bowl chatter. Sure, the competition hasn’t been among the elite, but you play the guys in front of you. The point being, the team came out of training camp pretty beaten up, and they have weathered that after a couple real bad games vs Seattle and Indy. Games where Harbaugh uncharacteristically ditched the run game despite all the injuries to the wide receivers, and lost games that were both decided late. Games that should have been more in line with how they usually play. And that’s the power running game behind Frank Gore.

So, the good news is, Vernon Davis gets a chance to heal his tweaked hammy. Kappy’s foot has healed up from his injury in the Green Bay game. Quinton Dial was recently activated from the PUP list. Tank Carradine as well. Soon to be followed by Mario Manningham and Eric Wright. The team has established their run game, and has managed to at least wean Bruce Miller into the passing game as an option rather than Boldin or VD. This means the team is getting healthy and will be getting fresh players to add depth and strength for the few remaining tough games down the stretch.

The obstacle of course is the Seattle Seahawks. A team that managed to win a game last night despite 138 yards of total offense. A team that could very well be a game behind the Niners if not for a Deangelo Williams fumble, a Matt Schaub pick 6, and a thrashing at the hands of the Rams yesterday. Woulda shoulda coulda I know, but Seattle is winning these games on the road, and that isn’t good. However, they are just now getting hit with injuries. Harvin isn’t back yet, but more importantly, they lost tackles Russell Okung and Breno Giacamini. It was very apparent yesterday when Robert Quinn and Chris Long both had 3 sacks. And Sidney Rice is out for the rest of the year with a knee injury. So an offense that is sputtering may have yet another injury to overcome.

Unfortunately for SF, Seattle has the Bucs, Falcons, and Vikes coming up. Since only the Falcons are on the road, they will likely win those 3 before getting Nawlins at home. A toss-up. The Niners have the Panthers here, then NO and Washington on the road. Not an easy task. The hope is the Niners are one game back when Seattle comes to town. Sea will likely be 10-2 at worst when they come to town. The Niners will have to beat a tough Carolina team, and win in NO as well as Washington to keep pace. The Rams come here, and while they are a fast defense, the Niners should be able to outscore them. Losing to NO on the road looks like the one they drop. So, at 9-3, that would set the stage for the Seattle showdown.

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22 Responses to Break Time

  1. NJ49er says:

    Our concerns for Seattle are to beat that Secondary.
    Mario will certainly help, along with Crabtree if he can
    shake off the rust at some point soon.

    Need to get something out of our PR game in the coming weeks too.

    Fair Catch Kyle isn’t scaring anyone.
    I’m wishing and praying that LMJ has been a secret weapon under wraps in practice,
    waiting for the 2nd half of the Season to get his shot.

    Tank and QDial will get their game going while giving Justin, Ray and Glenn
    a blow in the process.

    November is Tune Up Month.
    December is ‘Pedal to the Medal’ Month.

    • NoFear49er says:

      Well, Kyle sorta scares me, everytime he fields a kick off. He doesn’t resemble a fearless return man, even when he tries a return. Too much history he can’t get over or too much repressive coaching. Either way he stinks.

      • NJ49er says:

        Touche` to that NoFear49er.

        Ginn would routinely head for the sidelines.
        Kyle is happy to FC inside the 10.

        May as well let it bounce and take your chances that it makes it into the endzone.

        Something has to change. And soon.
        Can’t waste a roster spot on a weak WR that gives us nothing in the PR/KR dept.

      • NJ49er says:

        I was feeling somewhat comfortable with his ability to attempt a return, until this past game in London.
        Fumble-Rooskie twice??
        Not good.

        Must be a humidity thing with him?
        Maybe we need to check the barometric pressure prior to gametime, to decide whether he’s active or not?

        Time for a change.

      • Grumpy Guy says:

        I can stand a guy back there who gambles once in a while if he has the ability to make big plays. KW doesn’t make big plays, though. Time for someone else.

  2. NJ49er says:

    Next 3 games are extremely important for us.

    Of course it’s always 1 at a time, but B2B road games will be rough.
    Saints game could easily decide our fate in the Post Season Seeding, if we can’t overtake the ‘Hawks.

    Buckle up Boys, time to make our move.

  3. Alleykat says:

    To try and pump up the fans in London,the PR folks tried to compare the Jaguars to their legendary ski jumper “Eddie the Eagle”

  4. snarkk says:

    Looks like a long shot that Seattle loses any game at home, even with the injuries — I’d say they don’t. Niners are going to lose one on the road somewhere, probably Saints. So, it looks like a long shot for SF to get home field in the playoffs. Seattle pulling that one out in STLouis the other night was a killer for SF home field chances. If Seattle gets home field, chances of them going to the SB are high…

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, I don’t like our schedule for the first 3 after the break. Mainly because of the Saints on the road. Carolina isn’t the pushover they were, but IO think the Niners take that one. Washington? Well, it should be easy with a hobbled RG back there.

    NO will be a shootout unless the Niner D can get some early stops/turnovers. Get them behind some and the D can tee off.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    The hope is Atlanta channels last year’s team to beat a shakey Seattle team.

  7. Alleykat says:

    Don’t bet on any help from the Falcons, there as pathetic as the Texans.Both QB’s Ryan and Schaub should be in the witness protection program as both city’s fans want them “Tared and Feathered”

  8. barleyfreak says:

    I can’t believe the Lambs blew that opp the other night. Marching decisively down the field, in the last 5 minutes, at home, to first and goal inside the 5…and flailing. Seattle has dodged some bullets and come out with victories, but I guess that is what good teams do. But I have to say their finest game of the season was at home against us. They looked fairly pedestrian in a lot of other contests.

    That said, unless they blow chunks at home, getting home field looks really iffy right now. You’re right Chuck, Carolina is no pushover right now. I think we win, and hopefully with MM having some impact. But I also think it will be a dogfight. I don’t see our running game running rough shod over them. We’re going to need some of CK’s arm AND legs. Sure hope Super Mario is truly back…

    NO looks like a loss right now to me. They are hitting on all offensive cylinders. It’s easy to think that we have to beat them by scoring a ton, and through the air. But keeping Brees on the bench is more key than other opponents. We will have to have a very balanced, time chewing, efficient offensive showing and get a few 3 and outs out of our D to win that one.

    But first things first, game plan for the Panthers.

    Oh and BTW, I am officially, publicly, and in all measurable ways, over Kyle Williams. He’s taking up space and I just can’t see why. If our coaching staff has any chops, then KW getting so much playing time speaks volumes (silence!) about Baldwin and Moore. Welcome back Mario!

  9. unca_chuck says:

    NO is certainly winnable but it’ll be tough. Getting the ground game going will help immensely. Playing effectively in a dome (no delay-of-game penalties, etc.) will help as well.

    • NJ49er says:

      Chuck I have noticed some sideline placards being displayed in several games by us this Season.
      Got a feeling that they’re experimenting with some hurry up packages that will eliminate audibles and hopefully, improve the efficiency.

      I have no worries about our ability to defeat a Rob Ryan Defense.
      I’m more concerned about taking away Graham and keeping Brees from pulling the trigger from the pocket.

      Have to disrupt his feet.
      Hoping Tank and QDial will make the difference collapsing the inside of the pocket.

      That game, in NO, is the most important game for me, aside from the Seattle rematch.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, I’ve seen those a few times as well, NJ, although I didn’t see them when we played AZ here.

    For all the injuries and Aldon’s absence, these guys have done pretty well. Consistent pressure is what is lacking. And yes, the toughest roadie is definitely Nawlins.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Speaking of Aldon, he has been released from rehab, and subsequently turned himself into Santa Clara authorities (and bailed himself out) for the weapons changes stemming from the party to end all parties last year. You know, the party where he was stabbed, got sued, and now faces three felony weapons charges. Talk about the gift that keeps on giving.

    • NJ49er says:

      Yeh Chuck, saw the reports.
      Court date set for 11/12.

      Highly doubt anything serious comes from the appearance that would jeopardize his ability to play through the remainder of the Season though.

      Kid’s dug himself a seriously deep hole.
      If past Player related felonies are any indication, he likely avoids any serious damage in terms of incarceration.

      Write a check, take a probationary term of some sort and keep yourself out of trouble.

      Let’s hope so anyway.

    • NJ49er says:

      Having him and Lemonier, along with Tank and QDial, rolling into December would be outstanding.

      A fresh and hungry pack of Wolves is what we lacked down the stretch last year.
      Hope we get it rolling this time around.

  12. Alleykat says:

    I’m not worried at all about the Saints.
    Kicked their asses last year in NO 31-21 ,had 2 pick 6 TD from Brooks & Whither as Brees fell apart,he will do the same this time,as he gambles on throws under pressure like a Bret Farve.
    CK played a solid game last time and I suspect that will continue.Niners are rolling up points now and the D is delivering.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Seeing as the Santa Clara cops invited Aldon to a shooting range, I don’t see the felony charges sticking. The league’s reaction remains to be seen, but they won’t likely react until after the season.

  14. unca_chuck says:

    New thread is up.

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