Originally posted by YouGotGored:
Originally posted by DownSouth:
Originally posted by amigoj49:Don't listen to the rampant homers here in the zone. Your projection isn't unreasonable, so anyone calling this a "fail" w/o a real explanation is a moron. The big question marks in the first 5 games are the hawks, chiefs and eagles.
Here is our full 2010 season schedule:
Sun 9/12 @Seahawks
Mon 9/20 Saints
Sun 9/26 @Chiefs
Sun 10/03 @Falcons
Sun 10/10 Eagles
Sun 10/17 Raiders
Sun 10/24 @Panthers
Sun 10/31 Broncos
Sun 11/14 Rams
Sun 11/21 Buccaneers
Mon 11/29 @Cardinals
Sun 12/5 @Packers
Sun 12/12 Seahawks
Thur 12/16 @Chargers
Sun 12/26 @Rams
Sun 1/2 Cardinals
Here are my thoughts and reasons:
Season opener @Seattle is no picnic - LOSS
Defending Champions, Saints, very difficult - LOSS
Arrowhead is one of the toughest places to play - LOSS
Falcons, they could kill us - LOSS
Eagles, a strong team - LOSS
I am just trying to look at our season from the worst possible scenario. Above losses are definite possiblities. BUT, let's look at the rest of the season:
Raiders, come on! - WIN
@Panthers, a running team - WIN
Broncos, can you say Tebow? - WIN
Rams, junk - WIN
Bucanneers, we are just better - WIN
@Cardinals, we OWN them - WIN
@Packers, tough one - LOSS
Seahawks, Pete who? - WIN
@Chargers, let's just stay being a pessimist - LOSS
@Rams, they are still the rams - WIN
Cardinals, for the division - WIN
Obviously, I don't want to see us start out 0-5. But, even if we were to start out 0-5, we can end up at 9-7. AND if we can win 2 out of those first 5 games and unfortunately lose an unexpected one somewhere, we would still end up at 10-6. And most likely WIN our division.
Before the start of last year, I thought we were going to make the playoffs.... I would have bet my little pinky on that... And would have sadly lost it.
But as you can see, I think we got this now! I am so dang excited for our season. My wish for the playoffs is going to finally happen fo sho! Go Niners!
Seattle is a very hard place to play. Most Niner fans assume we'll win b/c "we're a better team", but those fans forget that we were a better team last year too and we still lost. This one is really a toss up. It'll be close either way. A loss is far from unreasonable.
The chiefs in arrowhead will be tough, but I don't see any way we lose that game. Their offense has real trouble running the ball (it's not their RB, it's their OL) and protecting the QB. Unless the crowd forces the niner offense to fall apart, I think this is an easy win.
The Eagles? As a team, they are better than us. Kolb is really their quesiton mark. If he plays well, they beat us easily. If he plays poorly we probably pull out a win. Then again, our defense has been almost incapable of stopping a good receiving TE and our defense got shredded by Jackson last year. This game could go either way, but I think we lose.
So, overall, your projection isn't unreasonable. Personally, I think 1-4 or 2-3 are more likely.
In the past few years, I believe McNabb was beating us not the Eagles. As a team, it never seemed like they ever dominated/took control of the game. But McNabb, however, did.
You may want to check last year's tape again b/c your memory is a little off.
McNabb didn't beat us last year--Jackson, Alex Smith, the Eagles' Defense, and our lack of a pass rusher beat us last year. McNabb only had a 72 Qb rating for the game, 21/36, 306yds, 1TD, 2INTs--a "good" game, but hardly a dominating performance. McNabb faced very little pressure all day.
For some reason, Jackson often found himself running through our secondary w/o a Niner within 5 yards of him. Jackson killed us to the tune of 140 yards and was wide open for another 50+ yard TD, but McNabb missed him. The Eagles don't need McNabb to throw to Jackson while he's either wide open or being covered by a strong safety.
Further, McNabb doesn't play defense, so he had nothing to do with Smith throwing 3 first half picks and Walker losing a fumble at the Eagles 6 yard line. Early in the game, Smith missed Davis and Walker on wide open big plays up the field. Oh, and did I mention that the Niner offense didn't convert a single third down all game!!
McNabb beat us in 2009? No, not really.
For the Niners to beat the eagles in 2010, Smith will have play well against a quality opponent for a change, the team cannot turn the ball over and our coaches will have to scheme to cover Jackson and Celek at all costs--force someone else (McCoy, Maclin) to beat us.