Well, good bad or indifferent, the 2018 San Francisco 49er season starts! Expectations are all over the place. All the way from 7-9 also-rans to 11-5 playoff participants. I’m wavering around 9-7 and 10-6. Even with McKinnon gone, and a couple LBs hurt (and one suspended), I think we can hang with the Vikings on the road tomorrow.
Win? Well, that’s a different story. Much depends, in my mind, on our pass rush. I think as a whole, the team ha more depth on the lines, better defensive backs, more offensive weapons, and solid specials teams play. The big but is the pass rush. The good news is Arik Armstead is back, and he takes up a lot of the offensive line’s time. Enough so to give Solly Thomas and DF Buckner room to push upfield and the LBs time to fill.
Fred Warner will be starting for Reuben Foster, and Malcolm Smith is still searching for his first play as a 49er, so we get Dekoda Wat – nope- out with a bad hammy. Uh I guess we get Elijah Lee. That may spell trouble for our short passing game defense as the weak side LB usually handles coverage duties, and Cousins throws a lot of short shit.
Again, I’m not too worried about the offense. I think we can score. Even against this defense. And they are banged up as well. I just know if we can rattle Cousins early, we should be able to win going away. Mistakes and a couple picks kill Minn’s chances.
Niners 21 – Minn 13.
And we go 10-6 . . .