Originally posted by fastforward:
Originally posted by ninerjok:
I'm already chalking up Thursday night as a loss. I simply hope for a supreme effort & focus so in case they lose I'm not dejected because they played hard or if they win, not overly excited.
It's tough to turn around in a short week and have to travel two time zones to play... unless the Rams cooperate.
Not that my non-expert opinion means much, but I really think with all the turmoil going on that we're going to get what a lot of us have been begging for since Sunday's loss; a simplified, smashmouth (with sprinkles of "shot plays") offensive game plan. The staff more than likely pre-planned for this game, knowing before the season they would have a short week for planning and installation, but our current problems more than likely spurred the coaching staff to throw anything cute out the window.
They don't have enough time to get overly fancy as far as X's and O's, so look forward to a lot of powers, traps, sweeps and screens Thursday. I expect the Niners to face a lot of 8-to-9 man fronts and there's going to be moments where the game gets frustrating because unlike Sunday, they're going to stick with it even when we get stuffed. But I think it's going to pay off in the form of us have very few turnovers, controlling the clock, and taking pressure off of Colin so he can rebuild confidence with easy throws (HB screens, bubble screens, one-read slants, check downs).
It'll be close. It'll be "boring," but I really believe we get a hard-fought win Thursday to the tune of 20-17 or 17-10. Not pretty on tape, but a W's a W, right?