Here are 10 thoughts after watching the Week 16 games from Sunday.
1– Earlier in the year I wondered about the Seahawks and if they were going to get on track. They didn’t look great then and a lot of it can be traced to their injuries on defense. But those guys are healthy and the Seahawks offense is running wild. Marshawn Lynch last night was phenomenal. Also, I can see that the Hawks are looking like the team to beat in the NFC. They have the top record now and if any team has to go through Seattle, it’s not going to be easy.
The Cardinals, however, are in big trouble. Their entire team can’t be on the shoulders of the defense. Without a reliable quarterback, they are in real bad shape. Last night showed that they could only last for so long before their deficiencies caught up to them.
Here are 10 thoughts after watching the Week 15 games from Sunday.
The 49ers couldn’t keep the Seahawks down.
1– The 49ers are officially done. It isn’t a surprise really seeing how this team has struggled in the past month. Even though the defense played well for most of the game, it was the offense that forced the team into tough spots. The first half they had some signs of life with a strong running game but ultimately, the offense (especially the pocket protections) looked like what they have been like this past month: lost. With that said, the season is over for the team. The playoffs are out of the picture and the questions about Jim Harbaugh’s future continues to grow stronger by the daily. The Seahawks are just a better team and the 49ers are struggling to even put together a successful game plan to win games.
Here are 10 thoughts after watching the Week 14 games from Sunday.
The Raiders gave the 49ers fits all day.
1– The 49ers are done. Even though they are still in the hunt to make the playoffs, nothing from their recent performance suggests they’ll pull it off. Sunday’s loss to Oakland showed that their pass rush is not strong. Their offensive line is not strong. Colin Kaepernick is not making good decisions. The team isn’t playing well at all. Add on top of the rumored Jim Harbaugh and front office troubles, we have a team that has the talent to be a good team but just isn’t doing it. This may be it for the small little run by the 49ers atop the NFC. They look lost.
Here are 10 thoughts after watching the Week 13 games from Sunday.
Super Bowl preview? I believe so.
1– The Packers-Patriots matchup was everything I wanted to see. It was a close game, both quarterbacks played well enough to keep their team in the game. I think what makes the Packers that much more dangerous than the Patriots is the offensive passing weapons. They are so diverse and they can really stretch the field with Aaron Rodgers’ mobility. But the addition of LeGarrette Blount back to the Patriots really gives this Patriots team a great stable approach. This is what I believe is the Super Bowl matchup right here. I don’t think either of these teams will falter down the stretch. Both are just that good.
Here are 10 thoughts after watching the Week 12 games from Sunday.
1– I will start off with the Sunday night game. That catch was amazing. I was a fan of Beckham in college and I knew he had great potential. Many knew about his ability to do these kinds of things but to actually pull it off in the game was amazing. However, the product of the Giants overall overshadows this amazing catch. The defense is soft and the play of Eli Manning is hurting the team. Did you see that Cowboys final drive? That offensive line was giving Tony Romo pocket protection like no other. If that offensive line could do that more often throughout the game, these Cowboys could be real dangerous down the line. Giving Romo and running back DeMarco Murray that kind of blocking is great.
Here are 10 thoughts after watching the Week 11 games from Sunday.
1– Even though the 49ers won thanks to Eli Manning and his five interceptions, the 49ers don’t look strong. Last week a few things had to go right just for them to win. This week, they couldn’t find much separation from the Giants in their win. Even though they now have won two in a row, it’s not a very impressive win streak. The defense has played better but the offense is still a mystery. The running game looked OK for the most part but the passing game is still a work in progress.
Could it be more Jim Harbaugh future coaching distractions? I don’t know. But a win is a win until you start realizing that a trend appears. Then these wins are just concerning. What are the 49ers going to do about this offense?
Here are 10 thoughts after watching the Week 10 games from Sunday.
1– This game was a doozy. The 49ers got back to running the ball and they looked good doing it. Then their defense started to pressure and pick off Drew Brees. However, the Saints got right back into things and with Jimmy Graham’s help, took a late lead. The 49ers didn’t deserve to win this yet got so lucky on that 4th down play at the end of regulation. How Michael Crabtree got that open I will never understand. How the 49ers somehow got into overtime I will just keep wondering. The Saints gave it away.
Overtime was like redemption for Ahmad Brooks after last year’s controversial sack on Brees. Clean sack, fumble, and the 49ers won. This game may have saved their season. They should be 6-3 but instead they are 5-4 and likely going to have to sneak in as a wild card team. Can they do it? If their running game is truly back in form, then I believe they can. The defense is only going to get better once healthy and Aldon Smith is allowed to return. The 49ers may have just played the game that turned their mediocre season around.
Here are 10 thoughts after watching the Week 9 games from Sunday.
1– The ending to the 49ers-Rams game can be summed up in two words: bad playcalling. The problem with that final drive for the 49ers was their inability to stick with the running game. Of course, the entire offense looked terrible and it was their last drive that had a chance to redeem it. After getting the ball to the 1-yard line, on second down the team opted to run a roll out. With one timeout, the team could afford to run the ball and call the timeout if they were stopped. However, with the team so close, they ran a roll out instead of pounding the ball. Was this a sign of the coaches not believing in the struggling offensive line?
Of course, the quarterback sneak that followed was a whole mess. I think the ball crossed the goal line before it came out, but it’s too hard to tell. It was just poorly executed and the offensive line did not get the push they needed. The 49ers are 4-4 and it appears the Cardinals are on their way to an easy division win. It’s looking like maybe the 49ers have to go on a massive winning streak to possibly just make the playoffs.
Not a safety, but so close.
Here are 10 thoughts after watching the Week 8 games from Sunday.
1– So the Jets are bad. I mean, Geno Smith threw three picks in the first quarter. Backup Mike Vick also contributed to three turnovers. This was not good. I don’t know what kind of identity the Jets team has, but they are looking more and more like a team that seems unprepared and lacking of talent. What a shame.
I do like what the Bills have in Kyle Orton. Not the greatest QB but somehow they’re winning. Losing both CJ Spiller and Fred Jackson is forcing them to pass a little more and that’s actually great. Robert Woods and Sammy Watkins are good young talents. Just make sure you score first before you celebrate.
Here are 10 thoughts after watching the Week 7 games from Sunday.
1– Peyton Manning is good. He is real good. Breaking that record looked easy for him. It’s a sign of how good this Broncos team can be if they have it all clicking.
On the other hand, the 49ers looked bad. But I don’t think it’s as bad as it seemed. The injuries are mounting up and key players are out of action. It was just a tough situation last night for the team. I think that the 49ers are going to be OK. The West is still up in the air, but the team is in second place and after the bye week, they should be at least a little healthier.