So once again Turner_the_Burner was unable to sort his sh*t for this week and I am left to take care of his job. Making it 1 of the last 4 weeks when he has gotten around to writing this. Making him as useful as Kerry Meier. Regardless I will try and perform a some what cheerier post when compared to my Worst Case Scenario, as we can all use a little good news in our lives.
We apologize for not posting our weekly segment last week, I know many of our avid readers were highly disappointed that we didn't post a Best Case/Worst Case vs The Panthers, however I think the result of the game should make up for it. We have problems in our team but we are improving a lot. Our O-Line is looking better, Turner is looking deadly, Ryan (despite limited chances and yards) is playing quite efficiently with 64% completion, 1 passing TD, 1 rushing TD and 101.1 passer rating and our Defense is making some bigger plays. This week, the best case scenario comes if we stop Megatron, pressure the pocket and Ride Turner.Stop Megatron: So what can we say about Calvin Johnson that hasn't been said already... he's good, he's really good, in fact he is so good people are already comparing him this season to Randy Moss's 2007 season. Yea, that good. Megatron has been a force nearly every game this season and has killed defenses on his abilities alone. After this season I would not be surprised if we hear talks of him being the top WR in the league. However considering his ability and crazy stats so far (564 yards and 9 TD's) he is only 5th in yards, behind a little known player we faced last week called Steve Smith (675 yards). We held Smith to just 5 receptions for 66 yards, his second lowest yardage this year. With a player like Brent Grimes playing against Megatron it will be easy for Stafford to assume he has all the high he needs to let Johnson has a good day, however let us not forget Grimes has mad hops and can bait Stafford into under throwing the ball just enough, that we can hold Megatron off. This will be the determining factor in my mind and the game rests in the hands of Grimes and Robinson, if they step up, we get the W.
Pressuring the Pocket: Our pass rush has faced an unlucky number of scrambling QB's. Jackson, Vick, Rodgers, Newton and Freeman are considered as 5 of the most mobile QB's in the league. In fact each of these QB's have rushed 15 times or more and can be quite tricky to take down in the pocket. In fact our only proper pocket QB we have faced so far was Jay Cutler, and we sacked him 5 times. Since that day we have only gotten 5 more sacks but that can easily be attributed to the elusiveness of our opposing QB's. Stafford however is the most pocket QB we have faced to date with 6 rushing attempts for 9 yards. This bodes well for our front 4 who are looking to get down and dirty. The Lions O-line has done quite well allowing just 11 sacks for the 12th best in the league. They have been excellent most games allowing next 0 sacks in most games however in 2 games they allowed 5 sacks in each game. nAllowing 3 sacks to Jarred Allen of the Vikings, and multiple sacks to players on the 49ers team. With a dangerous looking front 7, and what now appears to be no Jahvid Best, Abraham and Edwards can pressure and punish Stafford all day long.
Ride Turner: Puns aside, last week was the first week we got back to what we know, running Turner up the middle for three straight plays. I am kidding of course, what I mean is that we relied on Turners legs to win us the game rather then Ryan's arm. Now this could be something to do with Ryan's talent as a QB or maybe as Turners talent as a RB or maybe just something to do with our coaches, however we looked our best when we got back to what we know how to do. Running the ball. Turner is doing quite nicely this season as usual and Rodgers is providing a nice explosive second option while Snelling was injured. This is a 3 headed monster that can kill a 26th ranked run defence all day long given a chance. The running D is the Lions Achilles heel, allowing over 100 net yards rushing in all but 2 games this season, give Turner a bit of help from the O-line, and a route that doesn't go through Suh. Turner can kill the Lions opening up the world for Ryan and White, leaving for what I hope to be an excellent 1-1 match up between Houston and White.
A win this week puts us 4-3, and it will show that we can once again win against the best. A loss puts us 3-4, which is hardly insurmountable, and against the Lions it wouldn't be so shameful, considering we give them a challenge right to the end. I don't think this is an impossible win and as the 49ers showed the world, this team does have holes that we can abuse. It will be tough, it will be scary and at the end of the day there will still be issues to deal win. Bit if we can somehow grab a win, regardless how we do it, it will be a big win come the end of the year. Apologies for my comrade's organization skills for the last few weeks, he has dropped the proverbial ball more times then Roddy. As always, be sure to check out the Worst Case Scenario here, and thanks for reading. Go Falcons!