Seems Like Old Times

Rams vs Niners. Roman Gabriel vs John Brodie. Vince Ferragamo vs Joe Montana. Marc Bulger vs Tim Rattay (thud). And now it’s Jared Goff vs Jimmy G. It has been a long long time since these teams were relevant together and living in their respective spots as rivals. In fact there has only been one playoff meeting, our trouncing of the Rams in the 1989 NFC Championship game 30-3. The very infamous phantom sack game that haunted Chris Evert, uh, Jim Everett, for the rest of his career.

The pendulum seems to swing hard one way and hard the other as these guys have gone back and forth winning and losing. The tally now is 69-67-3 49ers. Nowadays? Well, the Rams and Niners have been trading off sucking and succeeding, but here we are. The 3-2 Rams, fresh off their Super Bowl gagging, and us, the upstart 4-0 Niners, trying to gain some cred as we make our way through this exciting season. The Rams certainly are reeling a bit after losing at home to the Buccos (55 points? Seriously?), and on the road in Seattle. The missed FG being the kicker in the last game.

That’s 85 points given up by the Rams inΒ  2 games. Sure, they scored 79, but there’s the rub. The well-oiled offense is a bit wobbly. Cleveland held the Rams to 20 points. A team we put a soft 31 on.Β  Gurley isn’t being used a lot, and he’s still a threat, but the Rams seem to be playing things close to the vest as they search for an identity.

Goff’s numbers are fairly pedestrian with a 63% completion percentage, 7 TDs, and 7 picks among the 8 sacks given up. His 330 yards per game is fine, and the run game is fairly solid at 120 yards per, but there’s nothing outstanding. Certainly nothing Super Bowl caliber but they can pass and run effectively.

Defensively the Rams are 13th in yards/game, and 26th in points allowed.

We should be able to take advantage of their defensive shortcomings while exploiting Goff’s skittishness. This one looks like a bit of a track meet, so I’m thinking 35-27 Niners.

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31 Responses to Seems Like Old Times

  1. Winder says:

    This one should be fun. i doubt the Rams expect to lose 3 in a row but they just might. We will have to be a well oiled machine to beat em down there. They are not gonna want to fall any farther in the win/loss column. Now would be the best time for our best game of the year.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    All about the turnovers. When we hold on to the ball, we have done well. I think Wilson gets more playing time as the guy who takes some of the bocking burden.

  3. unca_chuck says:

    Gonna see a lot of 2 TE sets as well.

  4. Winder says:

    from rotoworld. We just might be fucked in LA

    49ers RT Mike McGlinchey (knee) will be out for 4-6 weeks.
    Already short standout LT Joe Staley (leg), McGlinchey’s absence for the next month is a huge blow to an offense currently running at the league’s highest rate (57%). Sixth-round rookie Justin Skule will remain at left tackle while former AAF linemen Dan Brunskill starts on the right side. The efficiency of San Francisco’s offense sans both starting tackles and FB Kyle Juszczyk (knee) is a legitimate question mark moving forward. Expect tight ends Ross Dwelley and, at times, George Kittle to play from the backfield as extra blockers.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Damn. Didn’t even know McGlinchey was hurt. Brunskill looked good in the limited action,but shit, enough with the injuries.

  6. unca_chuck says:

    We may go 3 TE now.

    Run Brieda, run

  7. NJ49er says:

    If it ain’t Officiating, it’s the injury list in this game.
    Advantage Rams…..
    Gurley is dinged too, (quad), for whatever difference that’s gonna make.
    Gonna need a big game from the interior OL to keep Aaron in check and, hopefully, find some lanes to run through, without Juice.
    See who comes to play on Sunday in LA… πŸ˜€

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Speaking of LA . . . Colossal choke joke by Dave Roberts and his stupid quest to try to get Clayton Kershaw some playoff cred. Backfires spectacularly. Adios, Rooster!!!!!

  9. NJ49er says:

    Shit, piss, fuck, cunt, cocksucker, motherfucker, tits.
    Better Chuck?
    Corporate Keyboard commies can’t censor my phone… πŸ˜€

  10. unca_chuck says:

    Funny, Skeebs bans me and then uses all my thread ideas.

    Plagiarism! What a nitwit twit twat ballbag peckerhead donniker dork dingleberry douchebag

  11. unca_chuck says:

    Whenever I mention Skeebs, he trolls even harder. The spam filter is chock-full of twit-boy.

    What a fucking pussy.

  12. alleykat69 says:

    Hits just keep on coming..
    Kittle slight groin pull after practice today, should play Sunday but if he can’t, more woes for an offense that was clicking..

  13. unca_chuck says:

    Well this game Certainly sets up as a loss for us. Waiting for Bosa to hurt himself waking to his car.

  14. Winder says:

    Injuries have pretty much derailed the last 2 seasons hopefully we won’t go down that road again. i know we have some pretty key players hurt right now but not anywhere near the numbers we’ve had the last couple of years. i just worry that with so many key offensive players out that our defense is gonna be on the field a significant longer period of time. That’s when injuries start to mount up.

  15. unca_chuck says:

    At least the Rams are banged up as well. Matthews, Gurley, and Taib are likely out.

    • Winder says:

      Some of those are big names. I guess just about every team is having injury issues at this point. Being without Gurley should help our defense get off the field quicker and losing Talib should help our passing game. I think the Rams are a lot like us in their team speed so we just have to execute the right way.

    • unca_chuck says:

      All of those are big names!

  16. rob says:

    Now we’re off and running !

  17. rob says:

    Seems like the naysayers were wrong !

  18. unca_chuck says:

    I tell ya, I’m glad the defense is relatively healthy. I think we can hold them down long enough to outlast them. They were already one-dimensional with Gurley. It’ll be even more so tomorrow.

    ROB!!! my hope before the season started was for a fast start. And we are halfway there.

    We could very well be 8-2 before the tough part of the season starts. Although Atl and Balt don’t look as daunting as they did before the season started.

  19. unca_chuck says:

    Brent Jones apparently doesn’t like Snotnose McFarland of Monday Night Football.

    https://www.ninersnation.com/2019/10/9/20906022/brent-jones-booger-mcfarland-monday-night-football-commentary-not-happy-49ers-browns?fbclid=IwAR3DOOGssH_mz79NHFpQhtVgonBGvpmdhJd5cUKzSgHIbNOR6w2uasKRVcs

    My initial take on Booger was “he played in the NFL for 9 seasons?” I have no recollection of anything he ever did as a player.

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