Originally posted by Baldie:
Originally posted by 49erLegacy:
The schedule came out months ago, why is everyone so surprised or scared? Did you all think the Pats and Seahawks would suck???
Its the fact that they blew out Houston, when it was suppose to be a close game. Watt, who is in conversation to be DROTY, didn't get a sack, tackle, or batted ball...all things he excels at. The NE OL is playing playoff football right now. The Pats just have that extra energy and fire right now and it showed last night. If we were playing at home, most of us wouldn't be as worried. Yes we beat the Saints in their house but we played them not to long ago so we knew what we were up against. When was the last time we played Brady? I agree with all of you that we have the best LB corps in the league but they will not be able to stick with Welker and Hernandez man to man all day. We are going to have to play alot of zone coverage and not miss any tackles. They are going to get their yardage we just have to limit the YAC. Whitner and/or Goldson can't get sucked in with the play-action fakes either. On that note, we do have an advantage because our front 7 can stop the run by themselves if need be.
My head tells me there's no chance we win this game. The 9ers defense may be able to limit the damage and slow down the Pats, but they are going to get their points. The questions remains whether we are going to get ours. The gameplan may have to change a bit from previous weaks and return to running the ball a lot more.
This might be a game where we see more DB's and less LB's on the field as well as the 9ers look to counter the speed, quickness, and timing of the Pats offense. Houston went man-to-man and challenged Brady and it backfired on them. I would expect the 9ers will take a slightly more conservative approach in coverage and rely on individuals to beat their man as they did against the Saints and Packers. I still don't like this game at all for San Francisco...specially with it being in Foxboro.
I wouldn't expect a ton of pressure because the Pats o-line pass protects well and Tom Brady gets the ball out lightning quick.
The situation is the same for the 49ers as it was for the Texans. If you want a Super Bowl you have to hang with the big boys.
[ Edited by bzborow1 on Dec 11, 2012 at 6:54 AM ]