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Borat 11-24-2011 03:32 AM

49ers Gameday Thread: Week 12: 49ers at Ravens
 
Week 12:
Thursday, November 24, 2011



San Francisco 49ers (9-1)
at
Baltimore Ravens (7-3)

Location: M&T Bank Stadium


Time: 5:20 pm pst

I'll be honest, when I saw the Ravens on the schedule I was worried. When I realized it was on Thanksgiving, I was bummed. I feared the national TV embarrassment. Not any more. I think this 9ers team is just as good, if not better, than the Ravens. We're gonna find out and the nation will be watching.

I just find the Ravens so likable. I don't know if it's because the Niners have been trying to be the Ravens West for about 8 years now. Or it's just that they have these guys:


and we have these guys:


And we have this guy:


whom we hope can turn into this:


And they have this:


But we have this:

Uhhhhh, nevermind. I'm not going there.

And I just want to say that this guy:

Deserves better. For years, when he sucked, everyone said "you suck." This season, he hasn't sucked, and yet, people still say "you suck." Pretty unfair to a guy that has had a rough career and is perceived as a pretty good dude.

He's going to need to be accurate as hell in the intermediate routes cause the Ravens are going to bring a ton of heat. Hopefully we can get some good protection on a couple of deep balls to this guy:

He's my pick for breakout 9er this game. He hasn't been a big enough factor yet and he's going to have the national spotlight to perform.

Lastly, call me crazy, but I wouldn't mind seeing a lot of this in the slot:

I like his intermediate game very much.

Standings: A matchup of 2 first-place teams!

NFC West
1. San Francisco 49ers (9-1)
2. Seattle Seahawks (4-6)
3. Arizona Cardinals (3-7)
4. St. Louis Rams (2-8)

AFC North
1. Baltimore Ravens (7-3)
1. Pittsburgh Steelers (7-3)
3. Cincinnati Bengals (6-4)
4. Cleveland Browns (4-6)


Special Note: If you thought the Niners would win 9 of their first 10 games, raise you hand. Nobody, huh? So, for Thanksgiving, lets give thanks for the amazing first 11 weeks of the season, and just remember



VAfy-ya 11-24-2011 07:00 AM

Awsome as always Borat. NFL screwed us by making us fly to the east coast for a Thursday night game but hopefully Jimbaugh has the boys rested and ready. I'll be watching the Suggs vs Staley match-up very closely. Should be a great game.

dan77733 11-24-2011 09:41 AM

Can the game be watched online?

49erNation85 11-24-2011 10:09 AM

can't wait e for this game later tonight. Dan try looking here

http://www.firstrowsports.tv/sport/a...-football.html

Ness 11-24-2011 11:31 AM

I was listening to KNBR the other day and Murph was talking to Greg Cossell about how this game most likely had already been studied for way in advance in the coaches' spare time. The staff knew they would have a short week ahead and were probably getting ready weeks in advance.

Brent 11-24-2011 12:47 PM

Years of conditioning has left me expecting this to end in disappointment.

Ness 11-24-2011 12:53 PM

The odds are against the 49ers. Four days to travel from San Francisco to Baltimore? That's bogus. I'd be surprised if this game isn't at least close. We're only an overtime loss from being undefeated. Every other game we've blown out the opponent or it's been a close victory.

I expect Cam Cameron to force Flacco to air it out if the run game doesn't show promise early. Torrey Smith and Lee Evans kind of worry me. I don't know if we have anyone with enough speed to protect against the constant deep ball. Although Goldson in the last few games as safety has at least appeared to be in the right place at the right time. At least it gives more chances for Brooks and Smith to sack the hell out of Flacco.

Madirishman 11-24-2011 02:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Brent (Post 2762274)
Years of conditioning has left me expecting this to end in disappointment.

(Our) Harbaugh's message through the media this week was almost a built-in excuse about the unfair scheduling for the Niners, with them having to travel to the east coast and play on a short week. I think they have a very good chance to win this game, but it's going to take some special teams magic and as close to turnover-free efficiency by the offense. Their secondary can be had by the pass and with no Ray Lewis, they won't be as strong up the middle.

I expect a great game and look forward to seeing the Harbaugh boys compete, ending with a meaningful handshake at the end.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Ness 11-24-2011 03:35 PM

Ed Reed scares me. I'm really curious to see how that passing game is going to flourish tonight, if it does at all. Hopefully the run game can get going a little bit so it takes some pressure off. I visited a few Ravens message boards a couple of days ago. Some of their fans believe that if they simply stop Frank Gore they win the game. Harbaugh may come out passing like he did against the Giants to try and negate that notion. Also, I expect Jim Harbaugh to defer if he wins the coin toss again like he has been doing all season. John is probably going to do the same thing.

Ness 11-24-2011 03:54 PM

Also it would be great if on national television Alex Smith had a career game and throws 30/35 for 450 yards and 5 touchdowns in a 35-0 rout of the Ravens. Dreaming, but I'm just saying it would be great.

LonghornsLegend 11-24-2011 04:13 PM

Who has looked better this season, Braylon or Crabtree? I guess I can get the answer to that myself tonight because I plan on tuning in, but their games are pretty similiar to me so I was curious who looked better doing it.


Obviously the offense caps the production and chances to see but Crabs seemed to produce quite nicely last week and Braylon has been looking alot more explosive to me lately even though he hasn't had a ton of chances.

phlysac 11-24-2011 05:59 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by LonghornsLegend (Post 2762567)
Who has looked better this season, Braylon or Crabtree? I guess I can get the answer to that myself tonight because I plan on tuning in, but their games are pretty similiar to me so I was curious who looked better doing it.


Obviously the offense caps the production and chances to see but Crabs seemed to produce quite nicely last week and Braylon has been looking alot more explosive to me lately even though he hasn't had a ton of chances.

Braylon is has been FAR from 100%. He looked great in preseason but hasn't contributed anything but drops, really. Crabs was slow (coming off injury) but he's been looking really good the last several weeks.

It may never happen, BUT if Crabs and Braylon BOTH get healthy AND chemistry with Smith... could be scary.

BandwagonPunditry 11-24-2011 08:09 PM

Rachal. ****.

At least Alex proved he can go deep!

abaddon41_80 11-24-2011 08:15 PM

Rachal is a bad, bad player. Do we have any suited up who can play guard?

49erNation85 11-24-2011 08:15 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by BandwagonPunditry (Post 2762770)
Rachal. ****.

At least Alex proved he can go deep!

Yea but that should of at least been a first down though. Dam Gore block was clean and it was. Stupid refs

VAfy-ya 11-24-2011 08:33 PM

Im disappointed in Roman so far with the third down play-calling. You know the blitz is coming, we need plays to off-set their aggressiveness. And can we get away from the shot-gun EVERY 3rd down? Its 3rd and 2, lets see us run for a few of those. That is our strength last time I checked.

abaddon41_80 11-24-2011 08:33 PM

Nice stand after a BS PI call

VAfy-ya 11-24-2011 08:39 PM

Hard to nit-pick Alex escaping a sack but when the showed the reply close-up, his eyes were fixed to one side of the field. Like to see him look deeper in that instance. Romo does it and gets huge gains for the Cowgirls all the time. Thats my biggest gripe with Alex, doesn't see the entire field like good QBs do. Then he short-hops a easy throw to Gore as I type this....

VAfy-ya 11-24-2011 08:47 PM

****!!!! C'mon Braylon, you CAN'T let the DB make a play on the ball in that instance.....unbelievable. You have to FIGHT for the ball....you're freakin 6'3, 220 lbs, go get it at its highest point.

Ngatachance92 11-24-2011 08:48 PM

Ngata pulled off his flag, hes down.

phlysac 11-24-2011 08:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VAfy-ya (Post 2762798)
Romo does it and gets huge gains for the Cowgirls all the time.

He also throws a ton of picks that way. Smith isn't a gunslinger. He just isn't.

phlysac 11-24-2011 08:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VAfy-ya (Post 2762806)
****!!!! C'mon Braylon, you CAN'T let the DB make a play on the ball in that instance.....unbelievable. You have to FIGHT for the ball....you're freakin 6'3, 220 lbs, go get it at its highest point.

Yeah, at the very LEAST he needs to to tackle Webb and take an intentional PI.

VAfy-ya 11-24-2011 09:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by phlysac (Post 2762811)
He also throws a ton of picks that way. Smith isn't a gunslinger. He just isn't.

That has nothing to do with what I typed. In those instances, where he escapes and the defense is scrambling trying to recover, he picks up HUGE chucks of yards for them. Looking down field has nothing to do with being a gunslinger, its about taking advantage of the coverage in those instances. Alex needs to do more of that. His vision is limited. He drops his eyes when he is flushed out the pocket. In most instances, he should be looking deep on those occassions. You shouldnt be worried about bad decision making in those instances.

VAfy-ya 11-24-2011 09:11 PM

**** Alex, you see the blitz, get rid of the ball PLEASE. Its not like they're running alot of combo coverages behind it. Its called a hot read....your looking like old Alex tonight.

abaddon41_80 11-24-2011 09:57 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by VAfy-ya (Post 2762844)
**** Alex, you see the blitz, get rid of the ball PLEASE. Its not like they're running alot of combo coverages behind it. Its called a hot read....your looking like old Alex tonight.

The few times they have shown the field after a sack there hasn't been anyone open. I'm assuming that has been true on almost all of the sacks.


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