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Who can compete with Green Bay? Not 49ers

Posted on: November 24, 2011 11:30 pm
 
A. Smith was sacked nine times by Baltimore (US Presswire).Posted by Josh Katzowitz

So, what did we learn today from the Thanksgiving games? No. 1, Green Bay is clearly the best team in football (as if we didn’t already know that), and No. 2, at this point, there doesn’t seem to be anybody in the NFC who has the ability to keep the Packers out of the Super Bowl.

Listen, the 49ers, who fell 16-6 to Baltimore, are a great story, and what Jim Harbaugh has done this year for them has been amazing. Quarterback Alex Smith has had one of the biggest career turnarounds this season. Frank Gore is still one of the best running backs in the league, Patrick Willis is one of the best linebackers and Justin Smith is one of the most underrated defensive ends.

But as a challenger to the Packers, San Francisco still has big problems. The 49ers offensive line was porous, allowing nine sacks, and their offense wasn’t in the least bit dynamic. And they’ve still got Smith leading the team. Sure, he’s been solid this year, but he also threw a bad interception in the end zone at the end of the first half that killed a promising drive and then got caught intentionally grounding the ball with 1:28 left to go in the game.

And once the Ravens went up 13-6 on a Joe Flacco touchdown pass to Dennis Pitta, the 49ers simply didn’t have the capabilities to make a comeback. Yes, the 49ers had a short week and had to travel from the Pacific to the Atlantic, and that couldn’t have been easy. But if you were looking for that something special out of the San Francisco squad, it was certainly hard to spot.

So, you can count the 49ers out of the NFC title race.

As my colleague Ryan Wilson pointed out earlier today, Ndamukong Suh might have cost the Lions the game against the Packers (and perhaps their season?). At the beginning of the game, Detroit played Green Bay evenly, but the Lions top player lost his cool by trying to stomp (literally!) on his opponent and Detroit showed it's not up to playing an entire game vs. the defending Super Bowl champs.

So, you can count out the Lions.

The Cowboys? They played a Dolphins team at home, and really, they should have won by double-digits. Yes, Miami is vastly improved these past couple weeks, but Dallas is supposedly one of the better teams in the NFC. The Cowboys shouldn’t be struggling with the Dolphins so much that they needed a last-second field goal to win the game.

So, you can count out the Cowboys.

Well, who CAN compete with the Packers? The Saints? Maybe, because they’re probably the second-best team in the conference right now. The Bears? Not with Caleb Hanie running the show? The Giants? Eli Manning is having a wonderful season, but their defense has been hit hard by injuries.

Anybody?

Hell, maybe the 49ers actually could give the Packers a hard time if they were to play. After all, Ray Rice said the 49ers were the best team the Ravens have faced this year "by far." He must have been talking about the defense only.

But for now, we’re not sure if anybody in the NFC actually is good enough to play with the Packers. And now we only have eight weeks left to find out if that kind of team actually exists.

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caicia93
Since: Dec 8, 2011
Posted on: December 8, 2011 2:37 am
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Since: Nov 7, 2006
Posted on: November 26, 2011 7:10 pm
 

Who can compete with Green Bay? Not 49ers

Josh,

I agree with you that at this time, the 49ers would not be able to compete with the the Packers, but who can?  Really, did you juat figure it out on Thursday night that GB is the best team in the league?  I think we all knew it by the third or fourth week.  Further, I would venture to say, who could have competed with the Ravens defense on Thursday???  Yes, the 49ers o-line is not the best, but is improving.  You made some subtle jabs at Alex Smith, which I thought were not totally acurate.  First, the interception was an unfornature event, but not all on his shoulders, as it was a miscommunication between he and Edwards. Plus, Edwards did not make much of an attempt on the ball.  Second, the intentional grounding call was inconsequential, as it was at the end of the game that had already been decided.  How about the 70+ yard TD throw to Ginn, which was called back on a somewhat controversial penalty?  Unfortunate.  The pass interference call, which could have been just 2 players getting tangeld up.  Unfortunate.  I would not count out the 49ers with one loss to a very good Ravens team, which many experts are picking to go to the SB.


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Since: Nov 26, 2011
Posted on: November 26, 2011 11:43 am
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Since: Apr 22, 2007
Posted on: November 26, 2011 6:30 am
 

Who can compete with Green Bay? Not 49ers

Thanks, I didn't swear once. Have a great weekend.



Since: Nov 25, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 5:34 pm
 

Who can compete with Green Bay? Not 49ers

real mature crueboy.



Since: Nov 16, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 4:47 pm
 

Who can compete with Green Bay? Not 49ers

Hey Josh, until you actually watch more than one football game please stop talking about it! I'm going to start by saying that I do believe that the Pack will repeat, the offense is insane right now. That said, to say that nobody can compete is moronic! The Pack have struggled two weeks in a row against defenses not even close to the caliber of SF. The Niners also have an offense that can give GB trouble. The problem last night was the at the offensive line collapsed and Alex got sacked 9 times and had to escape from a half dozen more sacks, combine that with zero blocking to create room for Gore and the ridiculous chop block call and you have the reasons why the Niners looked so bad. I don't think flying east on a short week was helpful either. It's one game and had the Niners won you and the rest of your clown associates would probably be saying they are the best team ever which would also be incorrect, but in this day and age of overreaction and every citizen thinking they are a friggin analyst and actually know the sport or a team for that matter just degrades actual analysis. Well played!



Since: Apr 22, 2007
Posted on: November 25, 2011 1:48 pm
 

Who can compete with Green Bay? Not 49ers

packers are not the phillies, because that baseball team hasn't won in 3 years, but Green Bay may be the Phillies of 2011. The Niners are taking on the persona of The San Francisco Giants and last night, the Niners game felt like The San Francisco Giants going into Cincinatti this year and just getting exposed for their at times inept offense. The Niners can either choose to CUT CHILO RACHAL like the San Francisco Giants finally cut Miguel Tejada, fix their offensive line issues and hope Snyder is healthy for the lambs in 9 days or like the San Francisco Giants, they could face one of the worst teams in the league(Houston Astros), which would be the equivalent to the  St. Louis Rams and get taxed. Anyway, Harbaugh can get it turned around. Niners 9-2. If you would have told me that in August, I woulda asked, is that peyote any good? GO NINERS!!! NINERS VS. PACKERS IN NFC CHAMPIONSHIP in Lambeau. Ok, we can deal.



Since: Sep 3, 2007
Posted on: November 25, 2011 1:26 pm
 

Who can compete with Green Bay? Not 49ers

And nobody can compete with the Phillies in the National League. Oh wait, they lost, didn't they?



Since: Aug 23, 2011
Posted on: November 25, 2011 1:20 pm
 

Who can compete with Green Bay? Not 49ers

No the 49ers were shown to the pretenders. The Redskins can compete with the Packers......In 10 years or so.......After Shanahan finishes the re-building project......And Aaron Rodgers retires.



Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: November 25, 2011 11:09 am
 

Who can compete with Green Bay? Not 49ers

Looking at the Lion's game I had an "epiphany". I predicted that the Packer team that would show up Thanksgiving day would be the team that we can expect in the playoffs. The Packer's haven't been playing motivated this year. Their system is crazy good for comming up with second half adjustments and overall game plans. This is how you can win without a large amount of motivation. I knew this team would be motivated this week and I knew that Detroit would be litterally foaming at the mouth. It took one half to decypher the Lions and like in the playoffs last year the Pack executed better than the Lions in the second half and the gameplan worked again. This is how the Packer's will win the Superbowl. Great offenses trump great defenses in the new NFL and the Packers offense is unstoppable!


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