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Originally posted by Rubberneck36:
Giants have a good pass rush, we have to block effectively. Eli is playing well also, so we have to get after him and watch the speedy Cruz. Hopefully Hicks stays banged up.
Aldon will make Eli go running to his big brother for support. The 9ers are going to bring the black angel of whoopass!!!
This is going to be a telling game with national attention -- a true test. The 49ers are going to be tested by a really good pass rush, pretty good defense. They can't come out and look offensively inept or anemic in this game! On defense, Eli will test the secondary and they have a pretty good Oline.
1. I expect the 9ers offense to try to establish the run and then go play action a lot to slow down the pass rush.
2. As for offensive wrinkles, I expect to see the screen game appear for the first time.
3. For defense, to get to Eli, look for Fangio to send some new blitzes -- corners and safeties even.
I expect this to be a low scoring game. If the 9ers win, the national audience will believe the 9ers are legit. If we play them very close, 9ers still get a lot of credibility. If we fall flat and look inept, the 7-1 record will be called a mirage -- which will only encourage the other NFC West team to try and upstage us at the end of the season. This is a HUGE confidence game.
I feel good about the matchup against the Giants. We run the ball on them. Their secondary isn't all that. Don't run the ball well. And special team is iffy.
We have to play pedal to the metal. Can't let them hang around. The Giants and Eli live for that sh*t. We put some long drives together. Force Eli to score quickly. He will give us a bunch of WTF plays. Teddy Ginn will light them up.
I really hope we can see some more consistency in the passing game. Not knocking on the run game, but teams will eventually figure the 9ers out. But overall Alex Smith has been playing pretty well. I think the skies the limit for Alex. Imagine what he'll be able to do next year if the organization decides to resign him... =)
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