There’s a good team in the NFC West

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The NFC West may still be weak overall, but we don’t think 7-9 is going to win the division this year.

The 49ers moved to 4-1 on Sunday with a 48-3 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. At this point, it’s probably time to take San Francisco seriously.

They won on the road against a Bengals team that is now 3-2. They won on the road in Philadelphia.  The 49ers absolutely dismantled a 3-1 Bucs team, and their only loss came in overtime against Dallas.

A lot of people expected to see Colin Kaepernick as the team’s starting quarterback by now. Instead, Kaepernick replaced Alex Smith in the fourth quarter Sunday because this was such a big blowout.

The rejuvenation of Alex Smith is a credit to Jim Harbaugh and one of the stories of the year. Smith threw for three touchdowns and 170 yards on only 19 attempts Sunday. Frank Gore ran for 125 yards, and the 49ers defense continued to look like one of the stronger groups in the league.

San Francisco still has five games left against their division.  It’s early, but the rest of the NFC West has a lot of work to do because 7-9 isn’t going to get it done this year.

99 responses to “There’s a good team in the NFC West

  1. Wk5 NFL splits ATS through 7pm: Home: 5-6; Favs: 3-8; Home Dogs: 2-1; TD+ Favs: 1-1; O/U: 9-2; Avg Total: 52.2

  2. Calling out jthv83, youngry, JC De La Torre and the other Bucs fans that talked big game last week:

    Your team was utterly dominated today. I said Josh Freeman was overrated and you mocked me for it. Well, he just got outplayed by ALEX SMITH….ALEX FREAKING SMITH. Freeman is garbage and the rest of your “youngry” team showed their true colors against a “weak” NFC West opponent. Your team was inferior in every single way on both sides of the ball. You can take nothing positive away from this game. I hope you learned your lesson about being overconfident.

    Go Niners!

  3. Good, competent coachingand a good game plan go along way. Alex Smith is ressurcted like a phoenix rizing. Bless his resilience!

  4. Harbaugh is even making Alex Smith look like a winner… How much of Luck’s shine was from having Harbaugh and how much is pure Luck?… Don’t know, just sayin’.

  5. Every year there are 6 teams (on average) that fail to repeat as playoff participants.

    Looks like the 49’s are in. Let’s give them the Eagles spot shall we?

  6. wait did the title change? anyways if Harbaugh keeps this up coach of the year honors are in order. For a rookie coach to do this without an off season is amazing!

  7. Keep it going Niners. We’ve been irrelevant for too long. Good to see the red & gold rolling again.

    Funny how so many peeps on here bashed Carlos Rodgers for hands of stone. He’s been looking like Lester Hayes without the stick’em

  8. This was the best and most dominant showing from the 49ers in 10 years. I really hope that this team continue to improve and absorb everything from the coaching staff in the coming weeks. The rookies came big this week, great draft class this year 🙂

  9. Time for all of those scarlett and gold bleeders to come out and support their team. This is the best coached Niners team since the Walsh coached teams.

  10. Wow, I sat and watched this game and I didn’t know how to feel. I’m 26 and we haven’t been good since I was in high school. We were up by sooooo much but I was watching the game worried because I’m so used to us beating ourselves. I realize, we are not that team anymore…we’re back.

    Niner Faithful

  11. Keep it going Niners. We’ve been irrelevant for too long. Good to see the red & gold rolling again.

    Funny how so many peeps on here bashed Carlos Rodgers for hands of stone. He’s been looking like Lester Hayes without the stick’em
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    So he has clumps of turf hanging off his arms and hands?

  12. It’s been a long time coming! As a fan who represents the nfc west, last year was without a doubt a complete joke to the playoff system. I really like how the Niners are playing right now, Alex Smith might be more then just a game manager and Frank Gore is looking faster then he has in quite a while. I hope Joshua Morgan is alright and can bounce back quickly and I can’t wait till Braylon Edwards is able to contribute. Big props to the defense and the o-line.

  13. All I really wanted today was at least a glimpse of days gone by when Brodie, Garcia, Montana Young and all their cohorts put on an all around “team” display of football.. And what did I get? I got the Niners going absolutely beserk – all over the Bucs. They clouded up and rained all over the Bucs in a most unkind fashion. Hee Hee Hee. Wow! Go Niners.

  14. The Niners are finallly playing to the ability of their talent. The young offensive line is coming together and the defense has had talent for the past several years. The only competition in the West is a Seattle team that is a year away.

  15. Its really starting to piss me off all the trash talk about alex smith.. CHECK HIS STATS THIS YEAR PEOPLE. hes playing pretty damn GOOD! The best year of his career thus far.

  16. Niners dominated, and it felt good watching them finally play to their potential.

    Whoever called Josh Freeman garbage is an idiot. The Bucs arent bad, we just completely outplayed them (theyre young and had to travel cross a few time zones on a short MNF week).

    That said, the Niners looked great in all 3 phases, and next week we play in Detroit, and the Lions have a short week as well, so it should be interesting.

    Division championship? We are well on our way 🙂

  17. Last time Niners looked this good Mooch was on the sidelines. It’s been a minute, but it sure does feel good.

  18. It is very possible that Tampa along with Atlanta are the true bottom feeders of the NFC South, but will benefit wins wise from the Panthers having the toughest schedule in football.

  19. One of the most dominating performances I’ve seen since the Pats put the wood to the Titans 59-0 a few years ago. This game was won in convincing fashion in all aspects of the game. Alex Smith is showing the ability to not only manage the game, but set the pace and move the ball in the most necessary moments. As much as fans were hoping Frank Gore would sit down (myself included), he has returned to stud form. The o-line played grrrrreat. Only 3 penalties and I’m pretty sure 0 sacks. What is not to love?!?!

    Bring on Detroit!!! We ain’t skeered!!!

  20. where are all the haters?

    Carlos Rogers haters?

    Alex Smith haters?

    Harbaugh haters?

    Crabtree haters?

    theres a long way to go, but this team is well coached and they are well prepared every week. 9 wins or more here we come.

  21. As a Redskins fan, I gotta say, I wish we kept Carlos Rogers…..never talked like MeAngelo Hall, always covered very well, like the 5th pick he was. Great player….

  22. If the Niners win in Detroit next week, it may be time to stop talking “playoffs” and move up to “bye week”.

    Niners have four against the Rams and Cards, who are a combined 1-8 right now and look awful. If they sweep those, that’s eight wins.

    The toughest games they have left, after next week’s Detroit game, are on the road in Washington and Baltimore, and at home against the Steelers.

    Other than that, they have home games against the Browns and Giants – both winnable – and travel to Seattle.

    At this point, a 10-12 win season is looking likely for the Niners. 10 wins, they most likely host a wild card. 12 wins, they probably get a week off in January. 11, could go either way.

    This upcoming game in Detroit could help decide that outcome, and could be a playoff preview as well.

  23. @Foresight2011

    Is talking trash about the Bucs your way of trying to take such a great victory away from the 49ers?

  24. @savannahrose44

    Going into the bye 4-2 or 5-1 will still give us 49ers fans a lot of confidence going into a post-bye schedule where it features 5 of 10 games being against divisional opponents.

  25. @dondada10

    Here is the difference between Singletary and Harbaugh in similar like games.

    Road game vs Non Conference Non Division opponent. Last year first one was a 31-10 pasting at the hands of Kansas City and overall they were 0-2.

    Under Harbaugh 1-0 so far with a tough defensive win vs Cincinnati.

    In the non division conference road game following the 49ers failed to hold on to beat Atlanta.

    This year the 49ers came back to beat Philly.

    Road record last year was 1-7. Thusfar it’s 2-0 on the road.

    Harbaugh is prepping more and has a better eye for detail. He also holds you accountable without verbally assaulting you like Singletary did.

  26. If the first five weeks of the season are truly an indicator, then I would say that the Harbaugh Bowl on Thanksgiving will be the most challenging game of the regular season. Next week in Detroit will really mean a lot. But, 12 wins is not unrealistic if the Niners can remain consistent. The coaching is already light years ahead of Sing, Nolan, or Erickson.

  27. Alex Smith this, Alex Smith that. I’m sick of the disrespect. He could lead this team to the playoffs and go to the Pro Bowl and people will still give him crap.Show the guy at least a tiny bit of love. He’s playing great.

  28. there is something to a persons “pedegree”. the mannings, ripkins, ryans*,harbaughs. jim and johns dad was a career football coach. john harb. is a great coach and leader. jim seems to be terrific.

  29. @leeroyski

    “Before you 49ers fans get too full of yourselves, just remember last year the Heehawks started 4-2 … just sayin’”

    And won a playoff game. I’d gladly go 7-9 and make the playoffs and even win in the first round.

  30. travisblink619 says: Oct 9, 2011 8:43 PM

    @Foresight2011

    Is talking trash about the Bucs your way of trying to take such a great victory away from the 49ers?

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    Uh no, I was just making a statement based on what I saw so far this year. No doubt that the 49ers are a good team. Easily could be 5-0. I was not taking a shot at San Fran. 49ers did what good teams do, and that is expose the overrated ones they faced.

  31. fl70niner:

    You have no idea what you are talking about. Bucs fans spent the whole week disrespecting the 49ers, talking about how Freeman was going to dismantle our horrible secondary. Freeman looked really bad and doesn’t deserve the hype Bucs fans give him. As a player, I think he is just not good. The much maligned Alex Smith is actually better.

    As far as I am concerned, Freeman is garbage.

  32. Yeah, hold up a bit: 49’s barely beat Seattle, who almost beat Atlanta, who is beating GB as I type and Seattle clearly beat the Giants!.

    No, to early to call this one children. This is clearly going to be a fun season and to quote Herm Edwards: “Its why we play the game”.

    Little early to crown anyone a division champ or even a playoff contender yet.

    And thanks Al, for helping making the game the great fun it is today. RIP Mr. Davis, RIP

  33. The difference between Singletary and Harbaugh is someone telling these guys how good they should be and someone actually showing them how to be that way. You can create short term buy-in by listening to a motivator (Singletary); You create long term buy-in by proving you are correct.

    In Harbaugh We Trust.

  34. Niners were my fantasy ftball defense this week. The Bucs were coming off a Monday night game and San Fran. gives nothing on the ground, so my hunch was to go for it. It paid off pretty nicely. 🙂

  35. It’s amazing how much of bandwagon fans this team has. Most hide under a rock until their record is above 500. Alex Smith was the worst QB in history before this year. Sad part is, he was churned like ice cream with new OC’s and coaches. He’s always had some skill and maybe, just maybe, they have a coach that will allow him to be the qb he can be. It makes me sick to see how some of you (include yourself if you’d like) want to jump on when things go well and are never heard from when things are poor. Worst fans in sports, not just football. I bet you just washed off and are wearing your Montana, Rice, and Young jerseys. I hope they move down south to Santa Clara just to piss in your cereal.

    Anyways,
    Good luck the rest of the year!

  36. libradad53 says: Oct 9, 2011 10:15 PM

    Yeah, hold up a bit: 49′s barely beat Seattle, who almost beat Atlanta, who is beating GB as I type and Seattle clearly beat the Giants!.

    No, to early to call this one children. This is clearly going to be a fun season and to quote Herm Edwards: “Its why we play the game”.

    Little early to crown anyone a division champ or even a playoff contender yet.

    And thanks Al, for helping making the game the great fun it is today. RIP Mr. Davis, RIP

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    SEA 17 SF 33

    Sorry buddy, but that’s 2 td’s and a field goal for Seattle to come back to win that game…. That’s not barely. The 49ers simply played conservative and controlled the game the entire time until Ted Ginn layed you down to sleep! Get your facts straight

  37. Also Seattle picked the ball of in the endzone and ran it all the way back. That wasn’t clearly beating them. They were within an eyelash of losing that game.

  38. Jamie Dukes just about crapped himself on live tv when they reviewed the highlights on NFL Network-just like all the other Niner haters, he’s scared-it’s still early-but they’re getting there! P.S. get well quick, Josh Morgan!

  39. @Foresight2011

    Okay buddy, just checking… It’d be hard to take this one away anyway. Last week at the Eagles….maybe, but this was a significant and legit win. Don’t want to get to far ahead of myself, but I think the league at least has to respect the NINERS.

  40. A little premature. You fools saying you should be 5-0 need to take the homer glasses off. Philly literally gift wrapped a win for you guys and the Seahawks had you on the ropes until Ginn put it away. You could easily be 2-3. Still a lot of football left and the Seahawks are getting better every week.

  41. @leeroyski

    The Seahawks finished with 7 losses in their remaining 10 games because 5 of those losses were against teams with winning records. That was a brutal stretch of their schedule.

  42. @numberoneinthehoodg,

    As a part-time Yankees,Penguins,Giants(SF+NY),Bulls, Sixers,Winnepeg Jets, Wizards, Raptors, and Red Wings fan-I take offense to SF having the worst fans(BTW-EVERY TEAM, EVERY SPORT, HAS BANDWAGON FANS-THAT’S HOW SPORTS ARE)-and you’ve obviously never heard of a town called Los Angeles.

  43. its a good win whiner fans, congrats. However all (most) of the Alex Smith bashing is/was coming from your own fans! He’s still a bust in my opinion but like we say JUST WIN BABY!
    Seattle? Philly? Cincy? Really? get a hold of yourselves. This was their 1st big win, and yes they dominated. But lets not get too excited its been an easy schedule and many easy games coming up (NFC WEAK…I mean West)

  44. sweetnlow44 says: Oct 9, 2011 10:54 PM

    A little premature. You fools saying you should be 5-0 need to take the homer glasses off. Philly literally gift wrapped a win for you guys and the Seahawks had you on the ropes until Ginn put it away. You could easily be 2-3. Still a lot of football left and the Seahawks are getting better every week.

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    Dude, Manning gift wrapped the game for you today, you BARELY beat AZ, You got smoked by a Steelers team that has played pretty poorly so far, and you were controlled the ENTIRE game by the 49ers.. They only did as much as they needed to keep the game under control before Ginn blew it open. It was the 1st game under all new rookie coaches in a short season. Newsflash, but Sheattle could very very easily be 0-5 right now so STFU and GTFO, because I guarantee when it is all said and done, they will be 3rd or dead last in the NFCW

  45. @sweetnlow44

    The 49ers could easily be 1-4 or 0-5, but last I saw they’re no. Could be because the WHOLE team has put forth an effort. And really???? The Eagles LITERALLY gift wrapped that win? Seahawks might be getting better every week, but coincidentally, so are the 49es.

  46. lol, this team could easily be 5-0. im sorry if that offends some people. look at all the haters, you guys literally sound like youre crying while typing.

    🙂

  47. Let’s not crown them NFC West Champs yet

    3 Of Their 4 wins have come against some really bad teams

    Philly isn’t beating anybody because they are too busy beating themselves

    Seattle should have beat them if their Special Teams hadn’t clocked out early

    Cincinnati is 3-2 but 2 of their wins have come against really bad teams so that’s not much of a stretch.

    They should have beat Dallas but instead they let Dallas come back and beat them.

    The only reason San Fransisco is 4-1 is because they havent played a really good team yet and if you look at the rest of thier schedule it just gets harder

    Their next 5 games are

    At Detroit 4-0
    Cleveland 2-2
    At Washington 3-1
    New York 3-2
    Arizona 1-4

    After that they have

    At Baltimore 3-1
    St. Louis 0-4
    At Arizona 1-4
    Pittsburgh 3-2
    At Seattle 2-3
    At St. Louis 0-4

    So you see San Fransisco has to play some really good teams from here on and Seattle is getting better every week.

  48. Actually I should say they have played one good team. Seattle has one of the better defense’s in the league and I think they have finally found an offense. Since they switched to the no huddle they have been scoring points at will. Their record might not reflect it but Seattle is a great team

  49. 48-3 win over a 3-1 team still wasn’t good enough for the NBC crew on SNF to review the game during halftime. That’s how much they hate the niners. I’ve watched them for 3 years snub them every week. Wonder if they will do it when the playoff race starts.

  50. last sunday i posted “cant wait” in response to the weeks game vs Tampa after i saw them play Indianapolis.

    the Lions play tomorrow, and then SF travels to Michigan to play Detroit. The Lions are a very good team and we might be seeing a possible playoff matchup. thats pretty crazy to think.

    if SF goes 5-1 into their bye with a weak 2nd half schedule left to play, they could easily get to 10 wins.

    also, next week the Seahawks cant gain any ground on SF while the Rams will drop to 0-5. unless Arizona gets significantly better, the NFC west is a 2 team race with the 9ers already holding a 2 game lead.

  51. sweetnlow44 says:
    …Still a lot of football left and the Seahawks are getting better every week.
    ************

    They had to improve because they certainly couldn’t do any worse. Seahawks = garbage.

  52. 49er fans – You better hope SF is not playing for the division lead on December 24th…….against the Seahawks……..against The 12th Man!

  53. I think some people are remembering that Seattle game as a little closer than it was. I understand that two kick returns is a unique occurrence and it can give people the impression that a win was “lucky” when a kick return was the deciding factor. And we all understand that, without the kick returns, Seattle was only down by two. But, in both situations Seattle was giving San Francisco the ball. Saying Seattle only lost because of the returns implies that there is no way the Niners would have scored on either of those possessions. One could make a fair case that the punt return actually helped, because if the Niners had scored, or even had a decent drive, it would have killed the clock.

  54. Dude what the hell is in the coffee up there? 2 miracle wins against a terrible overrated cards team and an overrated Giants team and now Sheattle will take the division? WOW just WOW You lucked out with the cards, and you really lucked out when Manning through that interception at your 6 yd line as the game was coming to an end. Oh and I don’t know where you were week 1 but Sheattle was losing all 4 quarters of that game. They were never in real danger of losing it, therefore Sheattle shouldn’t have won it anyway.

  55. @skaarjeff.

    I see 4 good teams there. 1 of them is 1 dimensional (megatron) 1 is overachieving and really not good (Washington) 1 is inconsistent (Steelers) and Baltimore will probably lay the smackdown on us. We could still lose them all and have a 1 game buffer to win 10 games and easily take the division as Sheattle finishes at 7-9 or worse. I’m still not counting AZ out to knock you out of 2nd either.

  56. Credit to SF, but the Seahawks game was close before the late returns, as momentum for the entire second half, and the previous drive was a TD scoring drive. Would’ve been down to the wire, and went either way.

    Add in a dumb 5 yard penalty last week by Rice that pushed the FG attempt back, and SEA could’ve beaten ATL and remain a game back of SF.

    Regardless, the jokes about (at least half) the NFC West are likely to go away sooner than later. There are two NFC west teams that have a winning record against NFC east teams at this point. The two teams in the west that have a losing record against the NFC east have a HC that came over from the NFC east, and the other, a backup QB that also came from the NFC east. Sense a trend?

    For all the time and media analyis of the vaunted NFC east, maybe they’re turning into the NFC least.

  57. There were lessons in last year’s playoffs. Seattle showed that given the right circumstances, any team can get it together for awhile and beat almost anybody else. The league hasn’t corrected the wild card having to travel, despite a better record. The large eastern fan base and media contingent favors the east, and unfairly disparages the west. Both 49ers and Seahawks beat eastern teams this week, and its still NFC worst, not NFC least or NFC sucuth. 9ers still have to play Seattle again, and remember the Rams last year? So maybe we’ll see how Detroit plays out here on the left coast in the first round. No better than New Orleans is my guess.

  58. Niners schedule from here out looks very weak. Detroit, Washington, Baltimore are the only games worth keeping an eye on. Owning the NFC West isn’t a huge accomplishment, so far some flashes in the pan. Baltimore maybe Detroit are the only offensive “power houses”, face it, you’re not playing the Saints, Patriots, Packers or Falcons, once or even twice. 9ers creamed Tampa who barely beat the sad Colts.

  59. To all the faithfull 9er fans who give selfishly to their team, remember this; to those that give much, much is recieved. This is our time. I am forever hopeful that we continue to move forward with this momentum and continue to improve as a team as we march against the rest of the NFL and all those who dislike us for our previous winning records. Most importantly as we continue to increase with excitement and passion I sincerely hope to see are players keep their composure and remember that the season is not over. It is always been the mistake of the many to under estimate the opponent. Lets keep the show boating down to a minimum and focus just that much harder on what we have left to accomplish. Are players are some of the most gifted and tallented out their and there is no reason why we can not take it to the max this year.

  60. Another Niners win! You know what that means… Free mustache rides all week at my house! (Limit one per person, weight restrictions may apply.)

  61. Well they beat the Bengals (pushover), Eagles (imploding as we speak), and the Buccs (can’t beat a team above .500). So the 9ers are overrated right now. They get to play a good team next week, and they’ll lose it for sure. They’ll start falling back down to earth after that. Hawks win the division.

  62. So, apparently there are some people that just wont let us 49er fans revel in our recent streak of winning. Everybody on the team is beginning to play great, and we finally have something to smile about. For the Seahawk dans who are saying that week one was lucky, well tell it how you want, but a win is a win is a win. It doesn’t matter how you get it done. As a 49er for life, I’ve been put through the ringer for too long not to enjoy the recent success.

  63. Niners fans know that Tampa Bay was undisciplined and immature bunch of guys lack of talent and yesterday it was proved beyond doubt. So how undisciplined they are?… TB Coach was called for 15 yrd unsportsman like conduct penalty in the sideline and they are that bad…

  64. @waxedagain

    As an overconfident one-and-done fan, I’ll Offseason. Going one and done in the playoffs is a great place to start building from with a rookie coach and no offseason. Your attempts to blow our buzz only lets us know how upset that we waxed that @$$, and trust me, you’ll get “WAXED AGAIN”

  65. @waxedagain

    As an overconfident one-and-done fan, I’ll take it. And I’m sure I’m not alone. Going one and done in the playoffs is a great place to start building from with a rookie coach and no offseason. Your attempts to blow our buzz only lets us know how upset you are that we waxed that @$$, and trust me, you’ll get “WAXED AGAIN”

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