It is officially “on.” We have passed the half-way point of the season. National sportswriters, desperate for an angle, have begun to pass out “Midway Medals” and “Halfway Honors” to players they cover every week, and the opponents they love to hate.
Tonight, I like the 49ers to win a tight contest. I’ve picked the Niners on the road vs. the Texans and at home vs. the Titans. They lost both games. In between those winnable games was a hard fought loss to the Indianapolis Colts. Now that the 49ers have definitively proven they would be the “weak sister” of the AFC South, its on to small fish in the NFC.
Aside from desperately needing to win this game, the Bears and 49ers can also commiserate over a pair of embarassing 45-10 losses. The Falcons beat San Francisco by that score in Week 5. The Bengals blasted the Bears in Week 7.
I know the college interns have been pouring over databases all week looking for the last time two teams played one another in the same season they lost by that score, by that margin, on a Thursday night, in prime time, with playoff hopes hanging in the balance, with two Black head coaches, with highly-touted quarterbacks who have not quite fit in with the team that drafted them, and, last but not least, with axes to grind against the Minnesota Vikings. This is certainly going to an epic matchup.
It could go one of three ways:
- San Francisco 45, Chicago 10.
- Chicago 45, San Francisco 10.
- San Francisco 10, Chicago 10.
There simply isn’t enough time to wait for both of these teams to score 45 points.
I’ll take option 1. The Niners get it together at home and the world is introduced to Alex Smith for the first time and Vernon Davis, for the second time.