when the San Francisco 49ers punted [url=http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-weston-richburg-jersey]Youth Weston Richburg jersey[/url] , you knew how this game was going to end. I know I did. The moment Josh Rosen hit the field, it was almost clockwork. The 49ers have been in this position several times, and they have always proven that they can blow it. Until they show otherwise, you knew, with Larry Fitzgerald on the field, he would somehow find a way to take one of the worst offenses in the NFL and ruin our lives. So where do we begin with this? How about how the defense wasn’t God-awful this time around. They even generated some turnovers, imagine that. The offense didn’t turn the ball over—another point.k Unfortunately, that’s really all the offense did, nothing. I said if the 49ers didn’t turn the ball over and could generate some turnovers themselves, they were going to win this game. I wrote that not thinking that C.J. Beathard would only complete half of his passes and get only 190 yards on the day. Even I gave him more credit than that. Well, that’s what I get for thinking, I suppose. I really gave them more credit, I wasn’t counting on a full collapse in the final minutes of the game. The 49ers would have won if...The defense could actually hold on. I said if the defense stopped making bonehead mistakes and got some turnovers, the 49ers were walking out of here with a ‘W’. For most of the day the defense played very well. In fact, they actually played their best game. Don’t ask me, ask Richard Sherman. Despite some missed tackles and screen passes of all things manhandling them, the defense was stout. Well, until the last six minutes. Because that’s when all bets were off. The Cardinals stormed downfield and the defense couldn’t get a stop (omitting colorful adjectives on the word “stop”) and blew it. Much like they did with Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers and so many other teams. The elegant tank needs to go away for a bit. This roster, this team needs a WIN. Even without Jimmy Garoppolo, they need to show some sort of progress from year one to year two. The Cardinals were it. The 49ers lost because...The offense couldn’t extend a play when it needed to to stop that defensive collapse from happening. The 49ers defense managed turnovers and a safety among other things [url=http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-kyle-juszczyk-jersey]http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-kyle-juszczyk-jersey[/url] , but C.J. Beathard was inept. I’ll say it again: 190 yards passing. In the NFL, you either just gashed the ever-loving snot out of a team with a run game or you just couldn’t get anything going in the air. Sure there was the AWESOME Marquise Goodwin touchdown catch which accounted for almost half of Beathard’s passing yards on the day, but so many balls were late or ill timed. The 49ers at some points were making backpedaled leaps to pluck balls out of the sky in an attempt to keep Beathard from losing this game for them. The drive before the final Cardinals touchdown was just predictable. I almost could just time the three and out, and that muffed snap to end the game seemed more than adequate. Before you go out and think this offense is terrible, remember, Beathard is a backup quarterback shoved into an extended role he shouldn’t be. I think we all remember what happened to the Indianapolis Colts after Peyton Manning was out for an entire season due to a neck injury: They wound up with the first pick in the draft. Starting quarterback matters. The 49ers just don’t have someone who can take the team over for the season and keep things normal. If they did, that quarterback would be starting somewhere. Beathard is the best we have, and this was a foregone conclusion when he hit the field. Still a win would be nice.Why the Lions will win, why the Lions will lose on Sunday The San Francisco 49ers and Detroit Lions square off on Sunday in a matchup of two teams looking to bounce back from Week 1. The 49ers hung close late with Minnesota, but made too many mistakes. The Lions looked like they were going to run away with things after a first play pick six, and then it all went south in a hurry.I took some time this week to chat with Chris Perfett from Pride of Detroit, and we took a different look at this matchup. We each wrote up a couple reasons why we thought our team would win or lose. I’ll drop their post in when it’s complete, but for now, here is what they had to say about the Lions, both good and bad.Why the Lions will loseThis team looked inept on Monday night - not to mention an entire preseason of football - in ways that cannot be easily fixed within the course of six days. I don’t suspect Matthew Stafford will get picked off four more times, but I do suspect there will still remain trouble on the offense as the line tries to work together without T.J. Lang and Stafford struggles against his usual historically slow starts. Without much of a ground game to show, the charity ball once more falls on Stafford’s big square head, and if he can’t at least find Kenny Golladay or a Texas bro thermos full of Jack then we’re in for rough sailing off Galveston. He has more weapons than a Walmart hunting department but it all means nothing if his head is twisted and his line can’t keep him propped up. The absolute apocalypse scenario, rough beast slouching towards Bethlehem, is if 49er linemen start calling out the plays before they happen.The defense is doomed to potentially make Garoppolo [url=http://www.49ersauthorizedshops.com/authentic-pierre-garcon-jersey]Pierre Garcon jersey[/url] , that sweet Italian boy, look like he didn’t just spend last week getting pushed around by a Vikings defense full of thieved lunch money and adolescent testosterone. No sir, the Lions defense is a nice hearty chicken soup, and if you ask nicely it might hold the Ezekiel Ansah. He was the only defender who looked competent going out there. My editor, Jeremy, tells me the linebackers played “okay” but I refuse to believe him and there’s plenty of room for disaster here. As long as Darius Slay is contained, the backfield poses no few problems; as long as the 49ers know they can run the football, the line won’t be able to help but give up four yards each time. Overall this Lions defense continues to hold to the old adage of “bend don’t break” but they just like to break so damn much every now and then.Why the Lions will winI don’t know, maybe Matt Patricia took them all to boot camp and got them strung out, spun on stevia and weed and extracts of pineal glands. Maybe they’ve all uncorked their third eyes and they’re mental behemoths, psychic monsters capable of working together as a collective hivemind of sport and legalized half-murder. Maybe that self-same metamorphosis has allowed them to forget what they’ve been doing for the past five weeks, at least, and operate as a professional football team and not the B squad at Wayne State. Of course, at that point we have to start thinking about what they would do to the rest of the Bay Area, Elon Musk and every other fascist libertarian nerd living in San Francisco, rather than just what happens in Santa Clara on a gridiron. Maybe the rent will go down once they’re done.It would take a Christmas miracle or hitherto unseen competence to turn this around, and if it’s the latter then I want to know why it took so long to get out to show us the goods. A winning game probably means that Stafford has a whale of a day, Garoppolo can’t tell the DBs apart and just throws towards Darius Slay 20 times and maybe that waiver pickup of Romeo Okwara actually turns out some sacks on Jimmy boy. Spreading the ball around might be useful too. Ezekiel Ansah playing healthy might provide the pressure needed to stopper up this 49ers offense.I’m having fun though. Don’t let the prose tell you otherwise.
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