Down the Stretch They Come . . .

The playoff picture is pretty muddy, but hey, we’re getting close so, double-you tee eff.

The haves in both conferences are pretty cut-and-dried in Pittsburgh and NE in the AFC and the Vikes and Eagles in the NFC. Color me blown away that the Vikes are smoking hot under Case Keenum, but no one saw this coming. Sam Bradford went down quickly in game 1 with a knee injury, and then a setback trying to come back in game 5. Case got off to a slow start, but after a 1-2 start, the Vikings have reeled off 8 straight wins. Sure, Case is only 14th, but most thought Minn was doomed without him.

Philly on the other hand is flying high under Carson Wentz. A guy who I thought was a reach, but hey, I don’t get paid for being right or wrong.

In the AFC it’s (surprise) New England and Pittsburgh. No surprise there. NE is riding Tom Terrific through the express-lane to the playoffs that is the AFC East. Pittsburgh usually has a tougher slog to the playoffs, what with Baltimore and Cincinnati in their division (witnessed by the ultra-violent game that was last night’s).

All these teams are 10-2. The AFC however has a lot of tier II teams beating the shit out of each other, including the entire AFC West. KC, the Raiders, and the LA Clippers are neck and neck in quicksand at 6-6. KC of course being the team going in the wrong direction. Poor Alex Smith had the team at 5-1 and have gone 1-5 for various different reasons. The Sacksonville Jags are the biggest surprise with Blake Bortles leading the charge. The Titans are another mirage destined for their one and done.

The NFC? Well, they have a whole set is strong talent in the mix for WC with the Rams as surprise West winners, and the resurgent Panthers and Saints. And of course the always-dangerous Seahawks. Looks like a great playoff run this year.

Us? Well, we have a fairly good shot of winning 3 of 4 down the stretch for a stellar 5-11 record. No mean feat based on where we started. Why not? Might as well hit the offseason with some confidence. Jimmy G needs to build on his nice game last week and get into the end zone. For a guy who has llimited playbook knowledge, he looks pretty good.

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17 Responses to Down the Stretch They Come . . .

  1. Winder says:

    The way I hope it comes down to is that by the last game of the season the Ram’s and Seaturds are tied for first. We go down to LA and thoroughly kick their asses and knock em out of 1st place. Just think, if JG can have a killer game down there and win. I imagine that is money in the bank for him and he will be endeared to the SF fans(me especially). Just a wish.

  2. NJ49er says:

    All that matters for me, is having a Draft slot that someone else is willing to break the bank for, to move into.
    Assuming we have our future QB on the roster already, getting a Wentz/RG III deal would go a long way toward turning this roster over in good order.
    We’ll need to be somewhere in the Top 5 perhaps?
    Assuming Cleveland will stay put, and take a QB, it would be nice if we could stay a slot ahead of the NYG and have 1st offers from another QB needy team.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Without the need for Darnold or Rosen would be great as they will go fast. And if they really want Barkley they can package a deal to move up. Or if Darnold falls some, as he’s having a shakey year, they can bust a move that way.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Some funny shit in Walter football regarding the draft and trades last year. Check out the Chicago draft pick at #2.

    http://walterfootball.com/nfldraftgrades.php

    http://walterfootball.com/nfltrades.php

  5. Nipper says:

    I don’t give a damn about the draft……yet. If you’re smart and so far this latest leadership group is way smarter than the foolish Baalke years ……..so lets just play ball. Live in the present and bleep the future. So far the draft is much more than getting a few top picks. Cleveland has been doing this for years and look at the results!

    • Winder says:

      Yeah, I believe our days of mismanagement are over. The draft is in good hands and we will just have to see how it plays out.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    Cleveland is Cleveland. They have sucked long and hard since they were reborn. The factory of sadness churns onward and downward.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Speaking of the Browns . . .

  8. Nipper says:

    Browns succeed at being inept. Once the American league had a baseball team located in St. Louis that were called the Browns. They stunk it up good too. In fact they were so bad they had to move out of St. Louis a baseball town.

  9. Irish Kevin says:

    I don’t care about other teams suckitude! It appears that with this HC and GM want the suckitude to stop πŸ›‘.

  10. rob says:

    is that you’re ticket pictured up there CHUCK ?

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, December 23, 1972. A day that will live in 49ers infamy. I was sitting in the end zone where the Cowboys scored their 2 TDs in 1:30 to win the game.

    Funny thing is, I was sitting in that south end zone the week before and saw an injured John Brodie come off the bench to throw 2 4th quarter touchdowns (Dick Witcher!!!) to beat the Vikings to GET into the playoffs.

  12. Nipper says:

    NO kidding award………Browns get rid of a Brown. Ouch!

  13. unca_chuck says:

    The Browns took a page out of the 49ers clown-show front office when they jettisoned their GM and gave their head coach a contract extension. The next GM is of course saddled with Hue Jackson for a year and a half. Not that I give a shit one way or the other, it just puts the brakes on moves the GM is allowed to make. Duuur. As bad as we have been, we ain’t Browns bad. Anymore.

    New thread is up.

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