Through a scheduling quirk no one could have imagined, the drags of the NFL, the one-win teams, all bump into each other, or at least into us, these next 3 weeks. The 49ers, the Raiders, the Cardinals, and the Giants are all in the one-win club. And they are all on our schedule concurrently.
Be still my cold dead heart. As far as the race to the # 1 pick goes, the Raiders took the early lead this offseason by getting rid of their best player, Khalil Mack. They have also recently dumped their best WR in Amari Cooper and are pretty much Kaepernicking Derek Carr by whispering in the hallways that he’s soft and weak. Marshawn Lynch is hurt, but one can only imagine how he feels when he comes back and all the other weapons are gone. But hey, they have a shit-ton of first round picks.
The Giants are riding an old and ineffective Eli Manning behind a non-existent offensive line to a horrific season. Saquon Barkley looks great, but not when there are 11 defenders keying on him. ODB will end up somewhere (LAR/LAC/Dal) soon, and the Giants will stagger to their demise. They look hopeless for about 4 more years.
AZ is also riding their newly minted savior QB into the ground by giving Josh Rosen little protection and no defense to help him out. Patrick Peterson “desperately” wants out, and poor Larry Fitzgerald is thinking “shoulda left last year’. Their only win came as a large gift presented by CJ the Beater as he fumbled and threw picks while putting up staggering offensive numbers. It was the best losing effort in NFL history. Yay us! They very well may damage Rosen to the point of diminishing returns.
Speaking of us, we are kind of the spoiled cream rising to the top of the curdled milk. Our big blow came at the en of the KC game when Jimmy G was knocked out for the remainder of the season in game 3. Add to that we lost the guy we built our offense around in Jarick McKinnon. The issue with the offense going south is the fact that the defense has less of a safety net to work with as CJ does his best for the Niners, and whoever the opponent is on a given Sunday. thing is, though, of these teams, I think we have the best chance to rebound soonest.
Even still, the defense is a gigantic problem as we have no pass rush and generate no turnovers. Saleh looks lost in the ozone again as we repeatedly leave WRs uncovered for ginormous plays. Even with Jimmy G, we will struggle to win games if we continue to play terrible defense.
Up next is the AZ Cards, in their house. A place where we usually fail. So, come on Beater, throw that pick 6 in crunch time to seal our doom! We need a Baby Bosa!