Shadoobie. Shattered, shattered.
The 49ers are once again road warriors as they forgo Youngstown and instead roll home from NO, and then back across the country to the Jersey Shores. I’m hoping to get pictures, and an in-person report of this game from our intrepid Jerseyite, NJ49er. I hope he’s going.
Seeing as the New York Football Giants seem to have fallen on tough times, this game scares the shit out of me. The Giants started out slow as they tried to integrate their new west coast offense into place under Big Ben McAdoo. They lost 2 out of the gate, but seemed to hit their stride and reeled off 3 straight wins as their offense started clicking. However, they’ve lost 4 in a row2 to drop to 3-6. The last loss a galling road massacre at the hands of the Seahawks that saw Seattle put up 350 yards on the ground in a game that wasn’t nearly as close as the 38-17 score indicates.
What does this mean for our plucky bunch? Hard to say. This team has won some very tough games against very good teams (Dallas, Philly, KC, NO) but lost some games to shitty teams (Chi-town and StL). More galling was the fact that the Chicago and StL losses were at our new home. Hence my worry. This team has an annoying habit of playing to the opponent’s talent level. Only the Denver roadie got out of hand early. But this team has a big problem putting games away and scoring in the 2nd half.
We are 10 weeks into the season, and this team still struggles in the red zone and still struggles to build a consistent offense. What really irks me is the fact that despite all the pressure that Colin Kaepernick faces, the braintrust does not implement ways to consistently beat the constant blitzes teams dial up against us. We threw a couple misdirection passes vs the Rams, and never used it again. We used no-huddle to great effect to start the AZ game, and never went back to it as the game slipped away. We find shit that works, and then stop doing it. NOT because teams adjust, but because we move on to other things. The only thing we consistently do too much of is run up the middle vs a stacked D line.
The good news is the return of Aldon Smith. He of the no-break 9 game suspension. Kind of a pisser since some ESPN wonks talked of a 2-game reduction in his suspension that never occurred. The bad of course is the fact Patrick Willis is lost for the season with a toe injury. For all our early pass rushing woes, the 49ers are tied for 2nd in the league with 31 sacks. Adding Aldon to the mix, with Aaron Lynch opposite him should be a fun thing to see. Hopefully we can make Eli pay for the shellacking Peyton laid on us.
Anyhow, I hope the 49ers come out and exploit a very soft Giants defense. They are 25th in pass defense, and 32nd in run D. We SHOULD be able to win this one going away.