Originally posted by epdavis:
I don't know how much of the Texans you have seen but I live in Houston & Schaub when healthy is pretty damn good.
Saw the early game Sunday. Schaub to Johnson!
Saw that a lot.
The 49ers D gave up 35 points in the last game in just in the first half. Facing Schaub, who knows?
Our offense has to score, too. Any given Sunday - and why not? There's Morgan, who we know can catch - and drop. There's Gore who has speed and needs only a small gap. But he's got to stay healthy. Gore can literally be a difference in this game!
You'll probably see Crabtree sparingly used. But if he goes up for and makes a big downfield catch, even that's not a TD, or subsequently from the red area, it still might cause Houston to have to adjust.
Atlanta game - scary stuff. Embarrassing. But particularly embarrassing for the coaching on both sides of the ball, along with a few players not completing, Remember the key play. Ground can't cause the fumble. Refs didn't bother to double check. And Coach Sing had no timeouts with which to throw a flag. It's a difficult mistake to completely forget, going forward.
I thought, like many, that Atlanta was a pretty even match with the 49ers. And they WERE, with that 49ers team that played the Vikes.
You just never know on gameday. I not only think the 49ers can beat Houston, but that if they lose it might reveal some problems that even a bye-week can't fix. And they're playing good teams, coming up.
The bright side there - those teams can certainly be beaten, too. That weighs against systemic problems, somewhat. So, on balance, I'm optimistic. Any given Sunday. I just think the 49ers are STILL a few players away and STILL a few position coaches away from being able to compete for the championship.