(I meant to get this on yesterday, but was unable to do so until now. Aside from the “Game Reviews” following the games, I will post this “Thoughts and Musings” on the following day. I must credit NBA.com for this format. I thought it was interesting and want to try it on this site. Let me know what you think.)
Facts: After starting the season 0-5, the 49ers have since been 3-1. To reach the expectations they had in the preseason, they must continue winning games and have little room for errors.
Quotable: “…There’s no quit in this football team…In order to get to the mountain, you gotta go through the valley and I sure hope the first 8 games was going through the valleys”- Takeo Spikes. Here is hoping that Spikes is right and the Niners play good football down the stretch. It’s not gonna be easy but they have it within them to make some noise.
The Stat: Three touchdowns called back because of penalties. This obviously needs to be fixed. If the team is serious about winning games and playing disciplined football, they can’t beat themselves up like that. The Niners are fourth in the league with 77 penalties, so they have to stop holding themselves back and play better football.
Turning Point: T. Smith throwing TD pass to Michael Crabtree with 2:10 remaining.
Quotable II: “We’re just gonna take it one game at a time and just go out there and look at it like it’s March Madness”- Frank Gore
Hot: T. Smith passing for 552 yards and 2 touchdowns since being named the starter. He does have two fumbles but they did not go the other way. Nonetheless, he has command of the offense and the players have rallied around him.
Not: 49ers O-Line. They played well considering three guys were banged up. However, they allowed 5 sacks.
Fantasy Spotlight: Michael Crabtree. In the last 2 games, he has amassed 114 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns. It looks like T. Smith and Crabtree are getting a good feel for each other so look for Crabtree to start increasing his production for fantasy owners.
Good Move: Troy Smith keeping the starting job.
Bad Move: Going 0-11 on third down conversions.
Rookie Watch: Sam Bradford continues to have a fantastic season for the Rams as a rookie. He passed for 251 yards and 1 touchdown. He had a mistake-free football game.
Notable: Nedney being 3/3 on FGs and 2/2 for XPs even on a hurting knee. Kudos to him for the game-winning FG.
Up Next: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3). The Bucs have been one of the pleasant surprises this season and are never out of it until the game clock expires.