This is a tough one... really is, because I don't think either team really played how we expected them two. I expected Jackson to have more than 60 some odd yards and not fumble twice. Same can be said about gores 60 yard performance, and the ***** total lack of offense, yet strangely excellent defense. So it depends on what team shows up first. Will the Rams suddenly wake up and have Jackson and co get back on track, or will the Alex Smith build on his game winning drive and have his receivers stop dropping pass, which happened 6 times last night. Far as I'm concerned I don't think I'd put money on either team to win right now. But if the ***** defense plays the way they did last night against the rams... Rams r in trouble because they don't have the big men upfront that AZ has to stop gore, or Adrian Wilson to stop Davis.
After last weeks slugfest with some of the Carolina fans that visited us.(call it a warm up for the 9er fans) I thought for sure things would be even worse this week. I'm still waiting for the onslaught.
I must say this Sundays game is critical for our RAMS. I'm just hoping we wake up faster than last season.
Honestly, for two teams in "the most improved division in the NFL", both teams look rather pathetic at this point.
Let's just say this opening game was very unwatchable. Lots of questions and yet no answers yet.
Whiners are in no better shape. Once again Steve Smith looked like killer receiver. That hurt bigtime. It was just not to be this sunday.
One thing bothered me was the way Linehan just accepted defeat. He was, hey we played well for 2 quarters and then well we lost. We are ok no problems.
Even my dog knows we have problems. The huge offensive weapons parade has no fire power.
It was Wilkins once again saving our butts. It was not pretty.
I will be in town for this game. This is the rivalry! I can lose every game except two games on the calendar. The 49er games are games not to lose.
It is tradition.
I expect a better performance. The way it's going the kickers might make this a game.
I'll be rooting for the Rams in this one. Because after you guys beat the Whiners the Cards will take out the Seachickens and there will be a 4-way tie for first in the NFC west. :)
Niner fan here... just wishing you huys a good game and a healthy one at that...
Actually, a Rams win and a Cards win this week, puts the Rams in 1st place since they would be 1-0 in the division ....
And kudos and good luck to the very friendly and intelligent ***** fans that have posted so far ...
Quite a breath of refreshment over those Panther toilet dwellers that were here last week ...
But the Niners DID shut down the AZ receivers. Nate Clements was all over Boldin all night long. Even on the flea flicker he had such good coverage he had to slow down to break up the pass. Mike and Mike went on and on about how Leinart didn't see Fitzgerald on that play but he wasn't THAT wide open from what I saw on the replay. He was running a flag and Spencer was underneath him, it wasn't a good angle from where Leinart was.
Our pass rush still sucks and he had all night to throw but everyone was covered. The difference Nate Clements makes is unbelievable. No more Shawnte Spencer and Sammy Davis or Bruce Thornton as our corners. Now Spencer is the nickel corner. It's very different now.
Alex was off on some throws Monday night but mostly the ineptitude of the offense was a result of the Oline getting completely dominated. I can't believe how bad the Cards abused our Oline. Alex was getting harassed or hit on almost every play and they didn't open **** for holes for Frank. It was the same way last year too. They actually have a pretty physical defense. Gore didn't do jack against them last year either.
As far as the question about what type of runner Gore is I'm not sure where you are going with that. He is an incredible between the tackles runner. But he does have the vision and quickness to bounce it outside and take it to the house.
As far as the game this weekend... I am always leery of playing the Rams. Bulger always scares me and Stephen Jackson is probably the runner I least like playing against. He is an absolute beast.
I am curious how our Oline responds to last week and to see what kind of game Hostler calls. He didn't adapt well to the ridiculous amount of blitzes the Cards threw at us.
Can't wait for this game. Huge for both teams.