Originally posted by BrianGO:
Kap and Cam are perfect microcosms of our respective teams.
Kap has a little bit better arm then Cam.
Kap is a little bit faster.
Kap is a little bit smarter.
Kap has a little bit more big game experience.
Our linebackers are a little bit better.
Our O-line is a little bit better.
Our DB's are a little bit better.
Our WR's are better.
Our TE's are better.
We are mirror images, be we are a little bit better.
I re-watched the Carolina game last night and took notes. To me the game was much like last weeks Green Bay game. We should have been up 21-0 if not for bad redzone offense. You can pick your own reason whether it be play calling or actual play. My conclusion jives with your statement. Our team IS just a little better in many aspects. We had many good runs before Iupati and Davis went out. They had one nice one right before the half which resulted in a TD. The play before the run, Bowman should have picked the ball. Instead it was tipped and Olsen caught it for a 1st down. Simply a matter of back luck meets good luck. Otherwise it is 9-0 at the half or maybe more.
I have heard how good Carolina's run defense is, but Gore routinely gashed them for nice runs in that game, especially runs off tackle. AND, the read option was working. Kaep had nice run and Hardy was biting on fakes regularly. The pass game was stalled but Kaep made a bad throw and turned a TD into a pick. Otherwise most throws were short.
Defensively, Dan Skuta at the left tackle's (Gross) lunch. If Skuta can do what he did, Aldon will have a field day and Cam will be flushing to his right a lot. The defense played very well and the only issue was Cam make good throws on 3rd down to pick up firsts although he made a terrible throw which resulted in a Brock pick.
That was really all there was. I think a healthy Niners team can handle the same Carolina team fairly well. A healthy Niners team with the current offense will create more problems for Carolina's defense which will be the difference in this game. I'm thinking something like 24-13. It could be closer with a redzone misfire...again.