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The Second Half of the 49ers Season Kick’s Off in Week 10

Posted By Jason Rossi On Nov 11 2010 @ 8:09 pm In San Francisco 49ers | No Comments

The San Francisco 49ers will start the 2nd half of the season coming off their bye week.  Hopefully the bye week didn’t kill any of the momentum they had after the win in week 8.

Their week 10 opponent is the NFC West leading St. Louis Rams….let me say that again.  The St. Louis Rams are leading the NFC West.  Wow.

At the beginning of the season I had chalked this game up as a win for the 49ers, but things have changed.  The 49ers will be playing at St. Louis, and the Rams have a home record of 4 – 1.  Conversely, the 49ers are 0-4 on the road.  In addition, Rams rookie QB Sam Bradford is playing extremely well, and the Rams defense is playing lights out; they rank in the top 10 in points allowed, total yards allowed and rushing yards allowed.

On the other hand, the 49ers have many question marks, and they are all well documented.

However, if the 49ers want any chance of making the play-offs, they have to win all of their remaining divisional games, and that starts Sunday against the Rams.

Mathematically, they still have a chance.  If the 49ers beat the Rams, and the Cardinals beat the Seahawks on Sunday, that would create a 3 way tie for 1st between the Rams, Cards and Seahawks with records of 4-5, and the 49ers would be bringing up the rear at 3-6.  A lot of what-if’s and help is required, but it can be done.

But should it be done?

Should the 49ers go to the playoffs?

I ask this question not from a win/loss perspective, but from a potential perspective, as in what type of potential do they have to do well in the playoffs?  For the 49ers to make the playoffs, they have to start playing playoff football right now.  But when the real playoffs start in two months, how much will the 49ers have left in the tank?

They would end up hosting a wild card game at home, lose and end up with a draft pick in the 2nd half of the 1st round.  I haven’t even discussed the injury angle yet.

So what am I saying?  Should they pack it in for the rest of the year and go for a top 5 pick?  No.  What they should do is play with pride and play to win.  But they should also use the next 8 games as an opportunity to try new things and work in new players to give them some real game experience. 

I am still waiting to see the inverted wishbone wildcat.

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