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.