In boxing, it’s often said that “styles make fights.” Same thing in football. The Niners were stylin’ last night against the Rams. Not that it’s surprising. That’s five straight 49er wins over a divisional rival. That’s legal ownership.
This is just an, “Oh, by the way.” But when the Niners are healthy and have it going on, there’s no team in the NFL I’d rather watch. I sometimes hear folks saying San Francisco plays Caveman Football. Quite the contrary. That system is 22nd Century sophisticated. That’s some PhD stuff. They just do it with a gazillion tight ends and fullbacks, rather than going five-wide empty. Their blocking angles would make Pythagoras envious.
That 18 play, 93 yard, 11:03 TOP first quarter TD drive was a museum piece. At 4-5, it’s going to be difficult for the Niners to win the NFC West. But they may determine who does win it. Just ask the Rams.
It was Groundhog Day for Matthew Stafford. For the second straight week, he threw back-to-back first quarter interceptions. And for the second straight week, the Rams lost. Funny how that works…
I’m already fired up about next Sunday’s games. Sure, Cowboys-Chiefs is the Main Event. But I want to see how some good teams respond after getting their tushes torched in Week Ten. Show me what you got, Ravens (vs. Bears). Get right, Cardinals (vs. Seahawks). And then there’s the Monday Nighter between The Bucs and Giants. Tampa Bay is looking a little pale and wan to me. You?
Oh, the object you see receding in your rear-view mirror is the L.A. Chargers.
Hey, Teddy. Nobody’s expecting you to be Dick Butkus. But, WTH? Couldn’t you at least attempt to grab the guy’s flag? At least Mr. B. is owning it.
Former Jets Coach Rex Ryan publicly going after Current Jets Coach Robert Saleh? Tawdry. (Isn’t “tawdry” a handy word?)
Paul’s Power Rankings (Freeze-frame snapshot after Week Ten)
- Packers (8-2)
- Titans (8-2)
- Cowboys (7-2)
- Bills (6-3)
- Cardinals (8-2)
- Buccaneers (6-3)
- Rams (7-3)
- Ravens (6-3)
- Chiefs (6-4)
- Patriots (6-4) Yeah…them again.
Teams you don’t wanna play right now would include the Panthers, the WFT, and…the Philadelphia Eagles?
You think that’s crazy? Get a load of the dream I had last night. I dreamed Kansas beat Texas at Boys Tackle Football. Bad mushrooms?