Another One Bites the Dust and Another Big Game Looms

Great game against another team that was supposed to give us trouble. As we have come to find out, non-mobile QBs have big problems with ur pass rushers. As good as that looks down the road, our next game is against Lamar Jackson. The sophomore shining star, and MVP front-runner, of the NFL this season. 24 TD passes (including 5 tonight so far) and 5 picks. 880 yards on the ground and 6 more TDs.  His yards won’t be off the charts, because they don’t need to be. He’ll prolly end up somewhere around 3,200 yards, but with a rating of 106 he’s killing it this season. The Ravens will have Jackson and Ingram both go over 1,000 in rushing, and they have trounced the Pats, the Rams, and many others.

Then there’s us. Our pass defense is the best in the NFL.  We have been very adept at stopping the passing game, and we have been pretty good at stopping the run. How will be do next week? I have no idea, but if ever there was a game where we needed Kwon Alexander and Dee Ford, it would be this one.

But that is next week. This week we get to bask in the glory of beating the shit out of the Packers. The Packers looked thoroughly defeated about midway through the 2nd quarter as Rodgers never got going, and their only TD was aided by some crappy officiating. The game pretty much got away from the Pack on the opening play, when Fred Warner strip-sacked Rodgers, and Nick Bosa recovered to the 2. One play later,  Coleman ran it in for 6.

The offense was a little out of sorts early, and Jimmy G took too many sacks, but if that is the cost of negating the occasional ill-advised throws we’ve seen in Jimmy’s short career, so be it. I loved the slant (my favorite play that Taylor and Rice used to run to perfection) to Deebo that showed off his speed and netted a 42 yard TD. And the 13 formation (1 back, 3 TEs) looked like the drag route we run all the time as Jimmy rolls left and throws underneath to a crossing WR. Instead, George Kittle ran a post/corner route, and he was wide open and off to the races for a 61 yard score.

Gonna be an interesting game next week. They hype will be cranking up all week.

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29 Responses to Another One Bites the Dust and Another Big Game Looms

  1. unca_chuck says:

    Kyle Shanahan on Monday said that left tackle Joe Staley, defensive end Dee Ford, running back Matt Breida and kicker Robbie Gould were all progressing well and game-time decisions for the Ravens game.

    I think Dee Ford is the most important at this point. Brunskill seems to be playing well when he moved to LT to spot Skule. But depth is good.

  2. unca_chuck says:

    Missed this in yesterday’s game.

    Damontre Moore broke his arm. So, yeah, we need Ford back.

  3. Flavor says:

    Lamar Jackson, man, that dude is gonna be a problem–gotta hope he’s mostly a problem for his AFC playoff foes. If we are luckier enough to face him I’m fairly confident in our D but this guy is incredible. Better than Vick at Vick’s best.

    • Winder says:

      He’s gonna be a true challenge but if we are to go anywhere we have to be able to beat these guys. If nothing else if we do end up in the big game we will have first hand experience with em and maybe be able to come up with something that can at least slow him down.

  4. unca_chuck says:

    The only thing that may help a little is they are coming off a short week. But we are the ones travelling across the country to play an early game. And it looks like the Ravens barely broke a sweat yesterday.

    I think the only way we win this game is to outscore them. Their defense is fair to middling so there’s a chance we can exploit that. Our strategy will likely be to keep Jackson off the field, so getting Breida back will help. Their run defense is their strength though. I think quick passes and misdirection are the order of the day.

    I really think Shanny told Jimmy to limit the damage and eat the ball rather than throw picks. He’s got 10 already and could easily have 14 if not for drops. Jimmy has to be quicker with his release, but some of that is due to our lame-ass WRs, and the 3 game absence of Kittle. Still and all, the WRs have to get open faster, and he has to get the ball out faster.

    I think we can win this game, but we will have to play fairly flawless football. Will we win? I don’t think so. I’m not really gonna sweat it, unless it looks like yesterday’s game.

    • Winder says:

      Yeah, they are on a roll. I hope we are in it for the whole 60 minutes.

    • Grumpy Guy says:

      I think the passing game will be okay if we can keep Kittle, Deebo, and Sanders on the field. And Hurd might help next year. We just have some guys who need to be replaced on the bench. Goodwin is fast but not reliable. And Pettis is well, Pettis. Bourne should be your fifth or sixth WR; it’s a measure of how bad we were last year that he was forced to shoulder so much of the load.

      Avoid injuries and I think we can hang with anyone.

  5. unca_chuck says:

    Yep. If we can get any kind of running game going, I like our chances.

    Hah!

    aaron

  6. Winder says:

    This game kinda reminds me of the ’81’ game against the Steelers in Pittsburg. At that time i don’t think any NFC team had beaten them at home for about 10 years. We had a real young team and no one really gave us much of a chance. After the game Bradshaw said they made him look like the rookie. i bet 90% of the money is going on Balt. Rubber hits the road game.

  7. unca_chuck says:

    Course, having Montana helped.

    Ravens favored by 6. 46 is the O/U.

    I think Staley is the only one left on both teams, but we need REVENGE for the 2012 Super Bowl!!

    • Winder says:

      It was one of those games where Montana was good enough but the difference in that one was our defense especially our DB’s and D line.

    • Grumpy Guy says:

      This is missing a small chunk of the game, but here you go. November 1, 1981, 49ers vs. Steelers at Three Rivers.

      • Winder says:

        Thanks grump Love it.

      • alleykat69 says:

        Thanks Grump!
        Yeah that win in Pittsburgh against a heavily favorite squad, to me set the tone for their 1st SB championship, they were rolling with confidence after that..

      • Winder says:

        kat- you are right about that. Even though the announcers kept saying finesse we showed that we were a very physical team. I remember this game better than I remember most because it meant so much. I even won $50 bucks on it.

  8. unca_chuck says:

    Walsh was a genius that draft. Lott, Williamson and Eric Wright with our first 4 picks. Nose tackle Pete Kugler to boot. That, as well as getting Hacksaw Reynolds, cemented our defense.

    I was torn between Lott and Kenny Easley of UCLA and the Hawks.

    Man, look at that 1981 draft. Of the first 8 picks, 3 HOFers, 7 pro bowlers, and Santa Teresa High’s own Rich Campbell. One of the few Cal quarterbacks to wash out. Although Jared Goff is looking more and more like he ain’t progressing.

    1 New Orleans Saints George Rogers Running back South Carolina
    2 New York Giants Lawrence Taylor Linebacker North Carolina
    3 New York Jets Freeman McNeil Running back UCLA
    4 Seattle Seahawks Kenny Easley Strong Safety UCLA
    5 St. Louis Cardinals E. J. Junior Linebacker Alabama
    6 Green Bay Packers Rich Campbell Quarterback California
    7 Tampa Bay Buccaneers Hugh Green Linebacker Pitt
    8 San Francisco 49ers Ronnie Lott Cornerback USC

  9. unca_chuck says:

    Yeah, I hated hated hated the Rams back then, but you couldn’t help but admire the Youngblood brothers and Hacksaw. Ther D line was nails.

  10. alleykat69 says:

    Man 7 straight wins blowing every team up avg 35 pts in those wins with both a power running game with Ingram &Jackson plus his passing game 5TD’s against the Lambs, and the early game start (jet lag?) but wtf get a lead early and pray in a hostile environment! Game of the week and hopefully a SB preview!!

  11. NJ49er says:

    One thing about Harbaugh – He’s a former ST Coach that loves to take chances.
    If this game is tight, Shanny and Co better be ready for fakes punts/onside kick attempts etc

  12. unca_chuck says:

    Wow. Hank Stram and that amazing toupee. That is awesome.

  13. Winder says:

    Warner won defensive player of the week. Nice, he was everywhere.

  14. 12th man says:

    My Thanksgiving would be complete with the Bills beating the Cowboys and Jerruh having a meltdown on live TV.

  15. alleykat69 says:

    Yeah Jason Garrett’s hot seat is right at the point of the Green Mile inmates.Roll on 1..

  16. unca_chuck says:

    Garrett should have been fired 4 years ago. He’s up there with Jeff Fisher as doing less with more.

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