Big Trouble in the Big Easy

In a season that is suddenly getting a bit shakey, your San Francisco 49ers travel to the big easy for a fairly important game. The division is pretty much out of site as Seattle is coasting to the west title. So that leaves the wildcard. In a revolting occurrence, the Niners were just passed by the team they just lost to, the Panthers.

Seattle has the NFC West in the bag, and there are too many scenarios out there to keep the 49ers out or let them in, so the first order of business is to beat the high flying Saints. Unfortunately they are the number 3 offense, and the number 5 defense. The good news, I suppose, is that Nawlins has the third best pass defense, and we have major problems passing. They are 23rd against the run, which would play into our strength. It also plays into the one good way to beat the Saints, and that’s by controlling the ball and keeping Drew and Co off the field.

Is it possible? Sure. Probable? Well, I’m not buying it. This team struggles against good teams, and the Saits fit the bill. For a team that was supposedly getting healthy, they got beat up last weekend. Mike Iupati, VD, Eric Reid, Ray McDonald, and Garrett Celek all are questionable for the NO game. Celek normally wouldn’t be a concern, but when VD went down, we were down to VM as the only TE. This apparently played a part in the Niners not going for it on 4th and goal on the 1 in the 2nd quarter.

Can the Niners control the clock and win the game? Maybe, but I sure don’t like the odds if we get in a shoot out with these guys.

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30 Responses to Big Trouble in the Big Easy

  1. Nipper says:

    Yeah they can win this game but their offense has to wake up. If they get into a shootout with Brees it will be a long game and another loss. So the D has to produce and fight hard. But if I were them I would just party hard and forget this one. Life is too short and the injuries are too numerous. The Fans are fickle. BLEEP them.

  2. Irish Kevin says:

    See this is the type of game Walsh would come out passing. He knows that the Saints are good at defending the pass and know the Niners like to Run. So Walsh would throw them a curve and script the first 10-15 plays and they woudl be pass heavy. So if the NIners can somehow figure out how to get their WR’s 10 yards down the field everytime…well…

  3. Irish Kevin says:

    Good article on the Niners passing game over on SFGATE

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Actually I think the biggest problem is the lack of checkdowns. Most of the plays I see, when Kappy breaks contain, none of the WRs do much to get open and improvise. Granted, I had the same problem when Smith was running the show. Smith did do a lot of checking down, but rarely after the pocket collapsed.

    • Lack of checkdowns? We had eight years worth of that shit and you still want more. I give up.

      • unca_chuck says:

        You prefer sacks? Of course you do.

        Number 3 in that article is my biggest complaint.

        “It seems as if there is a lack of trust between quarterback and receivers. When Jaworski said the 49ers have the slowest receivers in the league, he might be right. However, the receivers fail to run routes with much conviction. Their cuts appear lazy, their explosion off the line almost non-existent. It looks like they are not believing in the routes they are running, or maybe they think they will never get a pass.”

        In more good news, it appears that Ray McDonald and Eric Reid are out for the NO game. VD isn’t cleared yet as well. Mickey D won’t be missed all that much, as Jerrod-Eddie played well in his stead last week, but Reid will be missed in a big way.

      • unca_chuck says:

        You need to understand once and for all that fantasy and reality are two different things, Denny boy.

      • The reality is my two “49 Insider” fantasy teams have a combined record of 17-3. Baalke and Jimbo should consult yours truly on how to fix our passing game. Drafting another WR with our 1st pk next yr would not be first on my list. Hell. That wouldn’t be on my list at all.

      • Nipper says:

        Fantasy or reality? Dennis is thirsty either way.

  5. NoFear49er says:

    Ryan will look to slow our inside run with his new 3-4 scheme while throwing every sort of front at our QB and o-line.

    Hunter ignored a blitzer last week and CK7 was sacked inside of two seconds. Our secondary was fooled (all of them) by a Williams cut for a TD. We’ve got to tighten that shit up, too.

    Keeping Brees on the sidelines might keep them from scoring over thirty points but we need to figure out some way to move the ball and convert some third downs even to do that, let alone post some numbers on the scoreboard.

    Looks like we’ll have Vernon back, if not Williams, and the new receiving threat, Miller, but we’ll need to try something new and different here to put Ryan off his game plan.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    VD is vastly important to this offense. He’s been either hurt, or got hurt in all the losses.

    I’m very concerned about Reid, although all the DBs are playing much better than last year. Although that may be a direct result of Reid’s presence.

  7. 12th man says:

    Lattimore says he is ready for the practice field. Niners have 3 weeks to activate him from the NFI.

  8. snarkk says:

    Logic says the Niners get beat by at least 10. By at least 14 if they turn the ball over twice. I had this game down as a loss going into the season, and the Panthers game as a win. If they switch those two, fine. But, I think Nawlins is on a roll, and our pass offense sucks. Unless Roman calls a different pass game, I don’t see how SF wins this game without getting a net 3 turnovers, and gets 14 points out of those…

  9. Irish Kevin says:

    Well, both Harbs and Roman have been on KNBR, and are claiming to be “Looking” at the Pass plays. What exactly does that mean anyway?? Wont know till Sunday.

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Sure, it’s early to speculate, but losing this game puts the playoffs in serious jeopardy.

    Looking at pass plays? The NFL Network is doing a “A Football Life” on the forward pass. They should look into that.

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Let’s just hopoe I’m wrong, and we keep these guys on their heels.

    Definitely make-or-break time.

  12. twinfan1 says:

    It was said that LMJ would be more invoved in the pass game and why not. The only value he might have outside of special teams would be if he could be Sproles Lite. Try to get him in space and see what happens. And split Gore out once or twice. Dixon is the short yard back. 1 yard it’s CK or Dixon if they run. But why run on 3rd and 1? They suck at it. CK is 5 of 6 56 yds on 3rd and 1 or 2. If they’re going to run with Frank on thrid and short, might as well punt.

  13. unca_chuck says:

    They did it a little last year when Hunter went down. It seems like the entire running game is now up the middle all the time. Gore certainly is best between the tackles, but they should be using Hunter and LMJ in different ways. This offense be becoming Jimmy Hat II.

  14. NJ49er says:

    This would actually be a good week to exploit the loss of Vilma.
    I’ve never been scared of a Rob Ryan Defense either.
    He likes to get cute with blitz packages.
    Good time for the screen game to show up.

    Kendall and LMJ vs a less than stellar LB corps.
    Kenny Vacarro is out too.

    We’ll lean on our ground game like we always do.
    We won’t win a shootout in their bldg.
    When it’s time to throw, we have to be in manageable situations, unlike last week.
    This is about Kaep making quick decisions and delivering on time.

  15. rtfirefly says:

    Niners 26 Saints 17

    You heard it here first.
    Time to get down and dirty, else my 13-3 prediction (don’t tell Bullitt I dared to make a prediction) goes where coyotes go to die.

  16. unca_chuck says:

    Well, speaking of cute, the times we did get favorable 1st down plays last week, they’d follow it with a sack/loss/penalty.

    I know the Panthers offense is very similar to the Niners in style of play, but Carolina looked like they knew what was coming most every play.

    Yes, we can win this, but NO WILL score points. Its on the offense to generate sustained drives and convert 3rd downs. The Niners are 29th in first downs, and amazing to me, 18th in 3rd down conversion percentage.

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