Never liked the bye week. It can disrupt the flow of a successful season and from what I’ve seen this year, teams come off the bye sluggish and out of sorts. And of course it halts our colossal one-game winning streak. But since we don’t get a game this week, we get to see some other games that could be exciting. The Raiders for example, the darlings of the preseason, are fighting for their playoff lives in their trade-a-home-game-in-Mexico-for a-stadium-in-Vegas game against the Patriots. Daunting to say the least. The bad news is we will get a bunch of shots of Prince (not so) Valiant.
Bills Chargers? Meh. The only thing there is the Bills are selling their future to bench Tyrod Taylor. The Bills give up 47 points and bench the QB. Nathan Peterman? The Bills are shooting their feet as they try to build on their unexpected early success.
The early games that looks promising is the Rams at the Vikings. Two surprise 7-2 teams who are possibly heading for a playoff showdown. Surprising for the Vikings as they[ve have to deal with a bunch of different starters this year at QB. Sam Bradford was hurt in week 1, Teddy Bridgewater got hurt in preseason, and Casey Kasum is their starter. Granted their defense is one of the better Ds in the NFL, but they are getting it done.
The Rams? Well, we’ve seen what they can do. Jared Goff is flourishing now that he is out from under the oppressive thumb of Jeff Fisher and is playing free and easy under the progressive offensive stylings of our ex-GM’s grandson Sean McVay.
Also the early Saints Redskins game could be a good one. The Saints are another team that seemingly came out of nowhere to lead their division. The Skins? A strange year. They’ve beaten Seattle and the Rams but have dropped two to the Eagles and got trounced by the ‘Boys. Makes me wonder if the West is for real this year.
The afternoon game that look good is Pats Raiders. Other than that, there’s a whole lot of nothing.
For once the Sunday night game looks like a winner. Eagles Cowboys.
Monday night also looks pretty good. alcons Seahawks.
One last note. The 49ers need to get Jimmy G in there as fast as possible. He should be versed enough in our offense to get the team going, and for the 49ers to actually evaluate what they have in him. CJ BeatHard had a nice game against the Giants, but this season is about finding out NOW what they have in Garoppolo. The silver lining to all these injuries has been the opportunity for younger players to show what they have. Offense has been challenged by all the injuries at WR, and no one has really stepped up to fill that void, but defensively there have been some gems. Rookie Adrian Colbert looked very good at Free Safety, and we wouldn’t have seen him without both Tartt and Jimmie Ward going down. Rookie Ahkello Witherspoon has been decent as well.
A lot of rookies are getting playing time (Trent Taylor, Kittle, Brieda, CJ, and of course Thomas and Foster) so by next year we should have a pretty good idea of who is worth keeping.
Most importantly, we need to solidify who our QB will be, Whether he is on the team now, or we are drafting one in 2018.