Real or Fake?

That is the question. Three weeks into the 100th NFL season, and the 49ers sit atop the NFC West, tied with the LA Rams. Is it real? Are we padding our record on the backs of patsies? Well, sure. But we don’t have control over the scheduling, so we play who they put in front of us. So far the teams we have played are a combined 1-8. TB is 1-2 (but a missed chip-shot FG from 2-1), Cincy is 0-3, and the Benless Steelers are now 0-3. Throw in the 1-3 Browns in two weeks and you have a whopping 2-11 record against (well, 2-12 when the Ravens stomp the Browns at home this weekend).

Still and all, the 49ers have the 4th best offense yardage-wise (5th in points scored), and the 2nd best defense yardage-wise (9th in points allowed). The problem? Turnovers. We lead the league in giveaways at 8. 4 fumbles and 4 picks. Our saving grace is the turnovers created. 7. 5 picks is a testament to or newfound pass rush, and we have forced a few fumbles along the way.

What of the rest of the West? Well the front-running Rams, 3-0 as well, have staggered their way through some sketchy games as well. They squeaked by Carolina 30-27, with a gimpy Cam Newton, they beat a no-wind (Brees-less) Saints team, and beat a Browns team that has talent but can’t seem to do anything right for any length of time. The Rams high-powered offense is mired in 16th place as Todd Gurley is off to a slow start, and the passing game is a mediocre 22nd in yards.

Seattle? They are 2-1, squeaking out wins vs Cincy and Pisstburgh, and losing to the Breesless Saints last week. The Legion of Boom is now the Legion of Meh at a middling 11th place (25th in points allowed) defensively, and the young offense is tripping along at 9th in yards and 10th in points. Decent, but not the scary dominant team of the early teens.

AZ? Well, they are exciting offensively and dogshit defensively. 0-2-1 is not an aberration.

As I said when the season started, we have the chance to rack up a lot of wins early to prepare for the grind at the end.  Our first big test is LA on the road in 3 weeks. The other games are the Browns, Skins, Panthers, Cards, Seahawks, and Cards before we hit the meat of our season. If this team is for real, the team should be able to go 5-2 at worst. The Seattle game is at home, so 6-1 is doable.

If this team hits 9-1 or 8-2 at the 3/4 pole, the team has a great shot at the playoffs. Stagger now, and the end will get ugly and we’ll end up 8-8 or worse.

They’ve shown they can win ugly. Now comes the time when they need to simply beat the bad teams and hold their own against the good ones. The Falcons are beatable, as are the Packers if we can pound Mr. Rodgers. Ravens and saints on the road are tough no matter who is QBing.  Hold their own in these early games, and 10-6 should be doable.

At least.

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51 Responses to Real or Fake?

  1. rtfirefly says:

    The Bosa Express® is #1 in the league, that’s right, #1 in the league, in QB pressures per snap played.

  2. Winder says:

    chuck- I just can’t look that far ahead. The way we’ve been playing i don’t think there will be an easy game for us. If the Browns end up 1-3 when we play em they will be in a corner on a Monday night game while we have had lots of time off. We shall see but i think it’s gonna be a dogfight the whole way. I really hope we can beat the fucking Rams and Seattle the first time we play em. That is what this team will need to do. Looks like there is no real news for the next 10 days or so and that really sucks at this time when things are rolling.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    I’m not worried about the Browns. They are the factory of sadness until proven otherwise. They could very well be like us last year. A team that is close, but not quite there yet. Or the wheels fall off yet again, and they roll through another coaching staff.

    As far as we go, winning builds confidence, and the Ram game will be an indicator of what we are. On the road against our division rival will be a big test.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    Rams look to be 4-0 going in to Seattle in 2 weeks. TB shouldn’t be a prob for them. Seattle has AZ before facing the Rams so they’ll likely be 3-1.

    Just hope they are dogfights before we meet the Rams in 3 weeks.

  5. alleykat69 says:

    I think we can easily handle the Browns.
    Their coach Kitchens, doesn’t know JackShit how to call a game, the fans and vultures are circling a dead carcass in Cleveland.Keep the turnovers down and the protection good and a great early rush season total and they will kick ass.Bottom line Shanny is one of the best play callers in the league, and that teams are confused about when they go up against them..

  6. Spatblood says:

    What are you so worried about? This team is going undefeated, baby! We are the champions!! The parade down Guadalupe Parkway will be epic!

  7. The Bosa Express says:

    I’ll be derailed with a nutsack injury by November

  8. rtfirefly says:

    Appropriate music for 3-0:

    One of my all-time favorites, with unparalleled lyrics about a life we all secretly wish we could’ve lived but didn’t. Short but haunting alto sax solo.

    • rtfirefly says:

      By the blue-tiled walls near the market stalls, there’s a hidden door she leads you to. “These days I feel my life, just like a river running through, The Year of the Cat.”

      Candidate for best non-political line ever written in a rock song.

  9. rtfirefly says:

    Another 3-0 song:

    What can I say? Steely Dan.

  10. rtfirefly says:

    One more 3-0 song:

    Recorded while they stayed in the same hotel snorting cocaine and writing these songs, one divorce in the making and another non-marriage relationship breaking up, the affair that broke up the marriage going on, and all done and recorded up in Marin County, I forget if Petaluma or Santa Rosa.

    • rtfirefly says:

      I was going off of a documentary on the band I watched. Wiki says Sausalito, where the recording studio was.

  11. rtfirefly says:

    I forgot how awesome that album truly was, 100x with the backstory:

    The Niners are 3-0. They make or break their own fate. They can

  12. Winder says:

    Always liked this one

  13. Berger says:

    Here is my favorite Al Stewart song:

    • Grumpy Guy says:

      One of my favorite songs ever, but then WW2 is sort of my thing.

      • Berger says:

        Nostradamus is another great song by Stewart. He does some great phasing with the acoustic guitar.

      • Grumpy Guy says:

        Yep. And I love the flamenco riff in On the Border. Al Stewart was always a favorite of mine. And since I’m older than dirt, I remember when all those songs first were released.

      • rtfirefly says:

        There was a Tiger tank in the song. It had to be late summer 1942 at the earliest. The invasion was mostly Panzer Kampfwagen IIIs with a few Mark IVs.

        In summer of 1941, with the Germans having reached the suburbs of Moscow, Hitler ordered two of the three Panzer armies away from Moscow. One went to Leningrad, to sit and twiddle their armored thumbs because Hitler refused to authorize an assault on the city (and the siege failed badly because of geography), and the other went to the Ukraine to successfully capture 500,000 Russian soldiers. But Moscow held, and Stalin’s reign survived.

        I’ve been reading a bunch of different books on the theory and practice of British appeasement to try to overcome the overly harsh terms of the Versailles treaty after WWI and how it seemingly grew in strength after Hitler’s rise to power. Lots and lots of Nazis and pro-Nazis in Britain, mostly in the aristocracy, during that period.

        “Guilty Men” by Cato (really 3 journalists working for Lord Beaverbrook, who was a Nazi sympathizer), published in 1940, finally woke the British people up to who exactly was responsible for the disaster they were in (it was only a partial list, naturally, there were a whole lot more)

        Current book: “The Gathering Storm” by Churchill

      • rtfirefly says:

        Neville Chamberlain deserves a psychiatric hospital or two in his name. Did you know that the man who sold out Czechoslovakia to Hitler at Munich in 1938 was STILL looking for ways to appease Hitler in May 1940, after Britain and Germany had been at war for 8 months!

        Chamberlain was as looney as Hitler was in April 1945, directing imaginary armies in the defense of Berlin. In 1940, Chamberlain was convinced that giving even more to Hitler would achieve world peace. The invasion of Holland, Belgium, Luxembourg, and France on May 10 quickly disabused him of that notion.

        AFTER ALL THAT, King George VI wanted to replace him with an aristocrat, a Nazi sympathizer as Prime Minister. In one last and probably painful gasp of sanity, Chamberlain told him no, they must have Churchill. (The Tories, the Conservative Party, had a virtual monopoly on the government and could put in whom they would.)

      • Grumpy Guy says:

        Rufus, the song is in two parts: the first details the early days as the Russians are pushed remorselessly back to the gates of Moscow. The second part of the song is the part you’re thinking of, set 4 years later… “Two broken Tigers on fire in the night… Flicker their souls to the wind… We wait in the lines for the final approach to begin… It’s been almost four years that I’ve carried a gun… At home, it’ll almost be Spring… the flames of the Tigers are lighting the Road to Berlin…”

      • rtfirefly says:

        Ah, missed that, Grumpy. Thanks! Sorry for the dissertation, I have literally been cramming up on British ’30s politics in recent weeks and had to tell somebody even if they didn’t care lol.

  14. rtfirefly says:

    Fun-filled fact:

    Our 4th round pick has punted 7 times in the 3 games of the 2019 season. 49ers total punt return yardage given up?


  15. unca_chuck says:

    I think we punted 7 times in the first half of the first game last year.

  16. unca_chuck says:

    Csal game starting. Want to see Evan Weaver their DE. Tall and rangy, and only 220 but he’s a tackling machine,

  17. unca_chuck says:

    I have this exact t shirt. It’s an XXL that wouldn’t fit a 4th grader and you can read the newspaper through it, but I bought it in 1978 in the Stick parking lot. A cherished keepsake.

    2 for $10.00.


    • alleykat69 says:

      Nice Chuck!!
      I still have the original gold satin jacket with red sleeves that spells out FORTY NINERS!! You would see a lot in their 81 championship season..Now a collectors item.

      • unca_chuck says:

        I bought a replica one of those for my son last year. It’s pretty sweet. If it ever gets cold in Santa Clara I’ll wear that thing, with the tshirt of course.

  18. unca_chuck says:

    Speaking of Fleetwood Mac . . . this song should be 15 minutes long.

  19. Nanncy Pelosi says:

    This futile blog needs to be IMPEACHED!

  20. 12th man says:

    Funny thing about those “Nazi Sympathizer” Brits, including the government of the day, they were at war against Germany for 2 years, with help from Canada and the Aussies and a few others, before Russia and America declared and started fighting, 2 brutal years.
    The Battle of Britain occurred during those 2 years, decimating the Luftwaffe, and probably saving Western Europe, certainly Britain, from German conquest. You cast a pretty large aspersion against a people and its government, their sacrifice and courage, because some tried to come to a peaceful resolution?
    No doubt Germany had some support in Britain, as it did in America and elsewhere or perhaps Nazi rallies here in our country aren’t in those books you read?

    • Berger says:

      The King of England is a major player in The Committee of 300. That should explain a lot.

    • rtfirefly says:

      Tell that sob story to the Austrian Jews, when Britain abandoned her commitment there. Tell that to the Czechoslovak people, Jews and others, when Britain abandoned her commitment there and pressured the French to follow suit.

      The reason Britain stood alone was because they kept throwing allies and potential allies under the bus. Read up on the subject, I implore you. Plenty of Britains cast aspersions against the British government and some of her powerful people. Churchill was nice in his criticism compared to some.

  21. 12th man says:

    I don’t see how that plays with what RT wrote.
    The idea that people in power control those without it is hardly a revelation regardless of which conspiracy is ascribed to.
    I took exception to the broad brushstrokes of “Nazi Sympathizers” tarred onto the British government and its people.
    Regardless of Chamberlain’s willingness to keep turning the other cheek in the face of German aggression, they did go to war, whilst America and Russia turned their cheeks for 2 years and America allowed Nazi parades down 5th Avenue.
    Not so different from the world allowing Russia to grab Crimea from Ukraine right now, does that make us “Russian sympathizers”?

    • Berger says:

      12th man- You make a good point. I don’t want to go further here. If you would like to email your phone number to me a it is a conversation I would enjoy having with you my friend.

    • rtfirefly says:

      The Russians offered to join the British in defending Czechoslovakia. The British refused in the course of selling Czechoslovakia out. After that, Russia no longer trusted the British word. The British broke their promises on the Rhineland in 1936, telling the French they wouldn’t back them up, repeating the procedure in Czechoslovakia in 1938, and nearly repeating the procedure with Poland 1939.

      You think I am the one casting aspersions? I’m reporting what the informed Britains at the time wrote or said.

      Heck, Edward VIII, the British king who was forced to abdicate over his marriage to an American divorcee, was practically a Nazi. Don’t believe me? The Duke of Windsor and his wife were shipped off to the Bahamas to keep them muzzled and kept under watch till the end of the war.

      Nazi Germany wasn’t hard to figure out. Mein Kampf laid it all out ten years in advance, step by step. The British Foreign Office, the British ambassador to Germany, and British military intelligence all reported what was going on.

    • rtfirefly says:

      If we pressured Britain to surrender, knowing full well that many Britains would be tortured and killed, and a democracy with a decent army, including tanks, begging to be an ally was going to be militarily occupied, would that make us good people?

      If we pressured Britain’s allies and potential allies to give it up, so that Britain could surrender, does that make it smart?

      Czechoslovakia 1938

      • 12th man says:

        Just wondering where it is written that Britain should expend its armed forces and go to war to defend anyone in Europe? Or, if that was such a lofty goal, why America didn’t jump right on in and do something about it before Britain? Crickets…..

        You’re pretty fast at blaming the Brits for not defending these countries and labeling the Brits Nazi sympathizers, yet the Brits were in the fight 2 years longer than the Americans and Russians, more crickets….

        Oh and don’t make me laugh that Stalin couldn’t trust the Brits, he was one of the biggest mass murderers of all time, maybe eclipsing Hitler, and he lied constantly, when he wasn’t busy murdering that is, including to the allies at the conclusion of the war.

        Royal houses have intermingled for centuries, so what? The kings don’t create policy, Parliament does.

        I notice you don’t answer any of the points I made about actual American Nazi sympathizers, lots more crickets….

        For whatever reason you have an axe to grind on the Brits, apparently for not doing enough in WW2, yet they were in it the longest of any country, fighting Germany, Italy and Japan, long before Pearl Harbor.

        Nazi sympathizers my ass.

      • rtfirefly says:

        Britain would never have suffered the Battle of Britain had she defended her friend and the only democracy in central Europe. Czechoslovakia had a real army and real mountains with fortifications on three sides. They were willing to fight if the French and the British would help by attacking from the west (which would have been an easy victory at that time with the German army occupied in Czechoslovakia).

        You are saying that Britain was smart in allowing WWII and Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain and their million dead. I think the dead disagree.

        As far as Nazi sympathizers in Britain, read a damn book man. I can’t tutor you.

      • rtfirefly says:

        You might start with British foreign policy for the previous two hundred years plus. Prevent any one power from taking over Europe (as Napoleon did, when they failed), and use the British Navy to keep England safe.

        Plenty of books on the subject. I think whole libraries devoted to it.

      • rtfirefly says:

        I should’ve have been so harsh. I didn’t know a lot of this stuff, too. If you want me to go through my references to show Nazi sympathy in Britain in the ’30s, I shall by quoting known facts from the books I’ve read.

        English aristocracy constantly hobnobbing with top Nazis, and inviting them back to their estates in Britain. One Lord propounding, “I’d rather see a Nazi in Whitehall then a Socialist” (a very small British political party often allied with the Labour party at the time, not even close to being Bolsheviks).

        Such things happened. Thanks to Churchill they regained their honor to some degree. But European countries have never forgotten to this day.

      • rtfirefly says:

        *shouldn’t have been so harsh

        Seriously, I knew little of this stuff. My recent reading has shown me how appalling it really was.
        Now I’ll try to drop the matter, chill for awhile, and come back for the Browns.

        We haven’t won the game after the bye week since 2011. 2012 we managed a tie, and at least 2011 it was the Browns. Good omen I guess.

  22. alleykat69 says:

    I know it’s to early to have a bye week when your on a roll, but good for some players to get more healthy(Taylor,Hurd,Coleman etc)also the guys taking off to be with their families are in the case of Kittle and the Beater checking out their alma mater Iowa St leading the fans with some rad cheering before the kickoff as they rolled bigtime to a win!

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