So, What’s the Scoop? Playoffs. Playoffs!! PLAYOFFS?!?!?!?!!?

The bandwagon is ready to pick up the slowpokes not paying attention, and the prognosticators are at least thinking the Niners will be better than the +/- 8.5 wins they are getting from  Vegas, and there are a lot of folks (me included) who think the 49ers can win 10 games this year, but the end game of course is the playoffs. Does this team have a shot? The good news is that they have the easiest schedule in their division, and they have a stretch of games from week 8 to 13 that are fairly winnable, if this team is as good as they appear to be. They have @ AZ, Raiders, Giants, @ TB, @ Sea.

Easy may be a misnomer here, but compared to the first 5 games, it is. Four of their first five opponents had wining records last year, and three of those five are roadies (Minn, Chiefs, Chargers). Playing Minnesota is a tough task anywhere during the season, but to open 2018 in their house is very daunting. They are facing one of the best (if not the best) defenses in the league, and Minn of course got Kirt Cousins to lead them this year and RB Dalvin Cook is back from his knee injury.

A Niner win to open the season could be a harbinger of 2011 and a superb season. A loss, while not a crushing blow, would be a bit hard to overcome. if the team has playoff aspirations.  Yeah, that sounds ominous, but the NFC is loaded with talented teams, and like the 1991 Niners, they could miss the playoffs with 10 wins. Or worse still, go 11-5 and miss a la the 2008 Patriots.

So, unless there’s a raft of injuries that hurt other NFC teams, it looks like we may have one more year of looking in from the outside.  I’m still thinking they do have the makings for winning 10 games, the question is, will that get them in? I don’t think so.

Just with wild-ass guesses, the double digit win teams in the NFC are (in no particular order):

  • NO
  • Atlanta
  • Carolina
  • Minnesota
  • Green Bay
  • Rams
  • Eagles
  • 49ers

On the fence are the Cowboys and the Lions. So, you have six spots and 10 teams vying for them. The state of the NFC is really one of strong teams, and dogshit teams. I think AZ and Sea now fall in that also-ran category along with the Redskins, Bears, TB, and the Giants. Should that play out to form, 11 wins IS possible. The five losses being Minn, GB, Rams on the road, and maybe the Sea game in their house.

Gonna be a tough season, but it should be a fun one. Just have to try and not get so wasted by injuries. What pisses me off is all our good games are on the road. The only home game besides the Rams I’d be interested in is the Trubiscuit Bears game.

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34 Responses to So, What’s the Scoop? Playoffs. Playoffs!! PLAYOFFS?!?!?!?!!?

  1. unca_chuck says:

    Thanks (???) to Matt Maiocco for this one . . . if you hate 80’s pop like I do, just turn the sound off.

  2. Rob says:

    Wonder if we could replace earl mitchell with

    https://www.profootballfocus.com/nfl/players/johnathan-hankins/7830

    After Linval Joseph left the Giants for the Minnesota Vikings, Hankins was expected to step into his role in 2014. Known as a run stuffer, Hankins surprisingly showed flashes as a pass rusher recording 7 sacks, 6 QB hits and 21 hurries. Hankins exceeded expectations as he recorded 51 tackles, 7 sacks and a forced fumble and was named to Pro Football Focus’ AllPro Team at Defensive Tackle.

  3. Rob says:

    We’ll win 10 games easy.

  4. Winder says:

    I’m not thinking playoffs this year but I am ready to watch some good 49er football. I don’t know how many wins we will get, I don’t know how defenses have studied Jimmy G, It might take opposing D’s awhile to catch up to Jimmy learning more of Shanny’s offense. Whatever, it should be fun.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    If they can start fast I like their shot. We very well could be last year’s Rams.

    I like our full switch to zone blocking and using our speed to get outside to spread the field and open up the passing game downfield.

    What is encouraging to me is that we were in a transition year last year, and still won going down the stretch. The team coalesced and played outstanding football. We should only get better.

  6. Lurker John says:

    Losing to the Vikings at MN in week one wouldn’t be big deal to me. They’re one of the best teams in the NFC and the Niners have a lot of new pieces. They figure to get stronger as the season wears on as they gel and continue to optimize Shanny’s system (and Saleh’s for that matter). ST should be solid from the get-go. I’d honestly be happy with an 8-8 season and fighting for a WC spot to the end. Anything more would be gravy.

    I saw that Foster got two games suspension. Given how this how mess started, that is one hell of a good outcome for the 49ers. 3 months ago, who would’ve figured it’d turn out this good? Fingers crossed that this is his wake-up and he stays on the straight and narrow.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Ha! You are in Seattle? My daughter moved up there 6 months ago.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Former 49er receiver Dwight Clark’s ashes are buried right next to the goal post where he made the “Catch” in 1982 to send the 49ers to their first Super Bowl.

    The goal post is now in Montana at the ranch of former 49er owner Eddie DeBartolo.”

    All they need to do is call the field Joe.

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Dwight moved out there 6 months ago to be close to Eddie D’s ranch. might as well be near the goal post?

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Here’s the story

    https://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2018/07/08/dwight-clarks-ashes-buried-next-to-goal-post-from-the-catch/

    Here’s Mooch

  11. Lurker John says:

    Yeah, been in Seattle since the mid-80’s.

  12. unca_chuck says:

    You shoiuld check out that show on 8/4. My friend is in the band Stag. No idea of his music but he ue=sed to be in a band called That Petrol Emotion. Fairly big in Irelsnd in the 80s-90s.

  13. NJ49er says:

    This is about as exciting as watching paint dry –
    Report: FOX in talks to hire Jeff Fisher as a commentator

    https://tinyurl.com/y7q5kenk

    And they wonder why NFL TV ratings are down?

    • NJ49er says:

      I’d find Terry Kisers’ character (Bernie Lomax) from Weekend at Bernie’s more entertaining.
      Something about dead (corrupt) insurance executives seems like a better fit in Goodell’s NFL broadcast booths.

      Much easier to manipulate the dialogue that way…ehh Bernie?

  14. unca_chuck says:

    Walsh was a decent commentator for his short time. Madden pretty much set the bar as the ex-coach-to-the-booth guy. Stram was pretty good in a jovial kind of way.

    Fisher will be like listening to paint dry.

  15. Rob says:

    i thought Aldon Smith was bad , here’s another patriots poster child
    https://people.com/sports/brandon-browner-charged-attempted-murder-ex-girlfriend/

  16. unca_chuck says:

    Going to see Brit Floyd tonight at the Warfield. Should be great.

  17. Rob says:

    Ah Pink Floyd ! One of my top three ! The Wall is probably the greatest rock album of all time !

  18. unca_chuck says:

    That’s the album that lost me. I don’t really like anything after Animals. But that’s just me.

  19. unca_chuck says:

    Meddle is my fave. I think.

  20. NJ49er says:

    Saw Brit Floyd here in NJ last year Chuck –
    Thoroughly legit tribute.
    Just picked up the Gov’t Mule Floyd tribute as well – Dark Side of The Mule –
    Looking forward to spinning the 3-CDs very soon 😀

  21. Winder says:

    Really hard to pick a favorite of Floyd. But this one is definitely up there.

  22. unca_chuck says:

    What’s crasy is I wanted to see Brit Floyn a couple years ago and the tix were $180.00 We scored these at the Warfield for $60 and we were 8 rows from the stage. They did play One of these days. Rpetty cool. Pigs on the Wing and Great Gig in the sky were spectacular.

    New thread is up.

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