Originally posted by Marvin49:
You guys do realize that even though the Niners try to kill the clock from the first snap of the game, limiting offensive posessions for BOTH teams, they STILL are 11th in the NFL is scoring. They have played 2 High Powered offenses and by all rights should have beaten both by 2 scores (GB got a free TD and the Lions didn't put a drive together till the final minute).
Does the passing game need to improve? Sure, but not nearly as much as peeps are saying.
When you AVERAGE 167 yards rushing, the passing game doesn't need to be stellar...just servicable. All year last year I kept hearing "what happens when they get into a shootout?" It only happned once and they won (New Orleans).
The teams that scare me aren't teams they need to "keep up" with. The teams that scare me are the balanced teams that play like the Niners do (Texans, Ravens).
We were a pretty good scoring team last year too. When you have a defense that creates turnovers and stops left and right you get opportunities to score. But that's not necessarily going to happen against the league's best.
You're going to lose a turnover battle (Giants) or your defense is going to be challenged (Saints) and there's going to be times when you have to rely on the passing attack.
Green Bay was a great win but get over Detroit. 6-10 in their last 16 games. Completely overrated. As to who you are scared of balanced or unbalanced well environment is everything. If we're playing that game in New Orleans it's an entirely different football game.
[ Edited by tjd808185 on Oct 1, 2012 at 4:41 PM ]