Against the 49ers, offensive coordinators need to RUN to a new game plan

27: The number of straight games the 49ers have not allowed a running back to amass 100 yards. This goes back to 2009, folks.

0: The number of rushing touchdowns the 49ers have given up this season (6 games).

1: The number of touchdowns opposing running backs have made against the 49er defense. And that was a passing touchdown to RB LeSean McCoy several weeks ago at Philadelphia in the victory over the Eagles.

Marshawn Lynch, Felix Jones, Cedric Benson, LeSean McCoy, LeGarrette Blount and Jahvid Best  have combined for 211 yards on 70 carries this season. That’s a half inch over 3 yards per carry, on average. Offensive coordinators will need to find a new way to play their game, and relying on the big pass isn’t going to be a reliable option with the 49er defense swarming the quarterback.

The San Francisco 49ers have this week off, to try to figure out how to win the first half of their games. They’ve gone into half time either trailing, or nearly losing, every week, and they’ve relied on the second half to come back and win. Let’s show some game starts with the 49ers taking a strong lead.

The NFC West division? Yeah, we all know it’s a joke. The 49ers “have been going” to the playoffs for several years now, and always seem to blow it somehow. Except this year, there are whispers of the 49ers getting a first-round bye, and seeing my Green Bay Packers (6-0) in the playoffs. They’re atop their division, and looking great in the NFC. The Seattle Seahawks (2-3) are 2.5 games back. The Arizona Cardinals (1-4) are 3.5 games back. The St Louis Rams (0-5) are just way back.

In fact, I’ll make this statement. If the 49ers go to the Super Bowl this year, I’ll get a tattoo in their honor during Pro Bowl week.

Can the 49ers tear into the Lions?

The San Francisco 49ers are sitting atop the NFC West with a 4-1 record and are heading to Detroit to take on the 5-0 Lions. It’s a wholly exciting game on paper, much more so than most of us would have figured just a few short months ago. I was hoping the Bears would win, despite how much I hated the idea of Chicago taking a victory, but any way to keep the Green Bay Packers at the #1 spot I’m okay with.

The 49ers find themselves in a pretty good situation. Despite a win by the Seattle Seahawks on Sunday, they remain in a great place atop the NFC West division, two games above the next competition, sporting a 4-1 record; the lone blemish being an overtime loss to the Dallas Cowboys on a blown play. They’re coming off a dominating win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and a good win that just might have sucked the rest of the life out of Michael Vick and the Philadelphia Eagles, overcoming a 20+ point differential to win in impressive fashion.

The Buccaneers had been 3-1 coming into the game at Candlestick Park, and the 49ers executed on all levels. They stopped LeGarrete Blount, they made Josh Freeman look terrible, and they dealt with the Tampa Bay defense like no team has this season. That’s an awfully good Buccaneers team, and a great win, especially by such a margin. Now, they’re hitting the road before a bye week, to take on the Detroit Lions.  Continue reading “Can the 49ers tear into the Lions?” Can the 49ers tear into t…

Top NFL players week 5

We’re about a third of the way through the season already – wow! There’s plenty of surprising teams out there, not least of which are my San Francisco 49ers who are two games up in the NFC West. Their next big test will be against the Detroit Lions next week who are making big waves themselves at 5-0, tied with the Super Bowl winning Green Bay Packers in the NFL, as well as being in the same division.

This week’s view of top players has a few of your weekly guys that you can count on to gather you tons of fantasy points week after week, as well as some new additions to the list. Cam Newton continues to shine, but I still haven’t started him in any week, due to the fact I typically have Drew Brees or Aaron Rodgers as well on my roster, who are solid & proven starters. The Minnesota Vikings toppled the Arizona Cardinals, so Adrian Peterson certainly played hard, and the unlikely Kansas City Chiefs beat out the hapless Indianapolis Colts, who may never be with Peyton Manning again.

Without further ado…  Continue reading “Top NFL players week 5” Top NFL players week 5