Originally posted by chico49erfan:
Originally posted by MadDog49er:
Playing very well.
However, disclaimer coming:
This team has been very fortunate the last two weeks. The Cards were really banged up at WR last week, and this week, the Hawks missed their All-Pro LT all game and starting QB in the second half.
So, while the defense looks really good so far, I think we are playing against teams running at half-speed right now. Next week will be a big challenge.....if the Vikings come in healthy. Maybe we'll get lucky for a third straight week.
One final note on the offensive side: The Hawks were also missing their best DT, Brandon Mebane, who was out. On both of Gore's TD runs, they ran right over his area, in the middle of the line. Excellent game planning by the team, but also very fortunate the opposition was missing a key piece.
really? jesus christ man give the defense some credit. give the TEAM some credit. im pretty sure we weren't "lucky" today... we ran down their throats and shut them up with strong play from the defense.
Maddog is spot on with this analysis for our defense.
We've faced teams that have gone through transitions with their coaching staff - Cards with their OC & DC; Seahawks with HC, OC, and DC - and injuries on both sides of the field.
We've done a great job at doing the necessary tasks to win, but beating teams like Arizona and Seattle with the advantages we had won't translate to playoff success.
The real test will be in Minnesota. Can we stop Peterson? Can we get pressure on Favre? Can we maintain coverage on Berrian and Harvin?
On the flip side, can Joe Staley handle Jared Allen? How will Baas, Heitmann, and Rachal do with the Williams duo? What about Pashos and Snyder at RT?
This will be our first real test to see if we'll be a legit threat in the league.
It's great we are 2-0 with our record overall and inside our division, but it's more than just that. To quote Singletary, "I WANT WINNERS" and Minnesota will be the true test to that.