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A San Francisco 49ers Loss to the New Orleans Saints can still be a win
Posted By Jason Rossi On Sep 18 2010 @ 3:53 pm In San Francisco 49ers | 4 Comments
“It was good medicine for us, and we have to swallow it”. This is one of the comments from Mike Singletary during his post game interview after the 49ers 31-6 lost to division rivals Seattle Seahawks. I hope that this medicine is what the doctor ordered, because their week two Monday night match up against the New Orleans Saints is going to be big test.
The 49ers defense allowed 165 yards passing and two touchdowns through the air. The secondary will have to step up their game to achieve the same type of numbers against the Saints high-powered passing attack. Drew Brees passed for 237 yards and 1 touchdown against the Vikings in week 1. The 49ers defensive line will need to do a much better job putting pressure on Brees. If Brees has time to sit in the pocket, he will find the open man and he will pick the 49ers defense apart. Don’t forget he is the reigning Superbowl MVP for the current Superbowl Champions.
The 49ers run defense will need to keep Reggie Bush and Pierre Thomas under 100 yards rushing as well, which I think is a very manageable task.
The elephant in the room that needs to be addressed is the 49ers offense. On Thursday Yahoo Sports reported that there is tension between players and coaches, specifically offensive coordinator Jimmy Rays. The team presented a united stance saying the report is unfounded.
Rays also fell on his sword when he took the blame for the poor communication between himself and QB Alex Smith. Now all they need to do is put together an effective game plan.
The 49ers offensive line is going to have to control the Saints pass rush. The Saints pass rush has shown what they can do to a passing game, re: Brett Favre ankle. Also, Frank Gore will need to improve on his 38 yards rushing. I hope the 49ers use Anthony Dixon and Brian Westbrook in the game this week. Their change of pass should help keep the Saints defense off balance. A strong running game will keep the ball out of Brees’ hands, and he won’t be able to throw touchdowns when he is on the bench. And I’m still hoping to see the inverted wishbone formation.
The 49ers passing game will need to step up in a big way. In week 1, Vernon Davis led the team with 8 reception for 73 yards. Michael Crabtree only had 2 for 12 yards. Crabtree and Smith are going to have to get in sync quickly if the 49ers want any chance of success this season. One of Smith’s interceptions was due to mis-communication between Smith and Crabtree. There is that word again, mis-communication.
I think that a 49ers victory will not be based on the final score, but on how they performed in the game. If they lose by a last second field goal, it should be taken as a victory, even if it is of the moral kind. But I will be rooting for the 49ers to light up the Saints on the scoreboards and on the field. Now that would be some good medicine.
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